Living Downstream


Newark Energy CenterToday’s episode was reported and produced by Steve Mencher, Living Downstream's founding producer.

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We featured music from Ben Miller.

The Living Downstream theme music is by David Schulman

Special thanks to Upaya Zen Center, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and its Poetry Program, and WEACT for Environmental Justice for sharing their webinars.

Chris Lee is radio executive producer and Darren LaShelle is the President and CEO of Northern California Public Media.

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[Photo: The Newark Energy Center, a natural gas plant. According to the producers of The Sacrifice Zone, "[e]missions from the plant contribute to the numerous sources of air pollution in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, which impact residents’ health. Credit: Kristin Reimer]

Special thanks to everyone who has been involved with the podcast these past four years – especially the producers I've had a chance to work with and learn from.

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