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"H20: Futuristic Drama"
Dihydrogen Monoxide
Haunting the Quabbin
Rainwater Harvesting For The Drylands
Maui Water Issues - Waves of Change, Rivers of Doubt
"Climate and Corals" By Simon Donner, Ph.D.
IPCC Report


A Brava Productions
Radio Drama

Written by Melonie Magruder
Directed by Peter Hudson
Recorded by Ali Mitchell at Hillmouse Studios in Paris, France

=====>Click to hear: "H20"

"H20" is a radio drama written in homage to the American radio programs of the 30's and 40's, but with a contemporary nod to Environmental concerns. An adventure thriller, "H20" is set 400 years in the future, at a time when there is no more drinakable water left on Earth. Mindless human consumption has rendered the world a barren and sterile place, with people crowded into increasingly totalitarian urban centers. The oceans have been rendered uninhabitable to any living thing, humans must don Anti-AUV suits before they step outside into sunlight and a long, warm bath or a drink of fresh water are luxuries spoken of wistfully only by your great grand parents.

The world population, standing at almost 20 billion people, survive on "Hydro Bars", engineered foodstuff and prayers that the C.D.S.D. (the Central Department for Sustainable Development) will find a way to make the clouds rain again. The only source of fresh water left on Earth is the Antarctic Ice Shelf and it is rapidly melting away. Four independent scientists believe that they might have the answer to Cloud Reseeding, but they find that their research is mysteriously sabotaged and their lives threatened.

In a desperate bid for freedom and salvation, they flee over dangerous waters to Antarctica, determined to find The Answer. Will our heroes escape the corrupt Quadrilateral Commission and bring water again to a parched planet? Or will the Agents of Evil triumph in their plot to enslave the Earth?

Copyright © 2007 Brava Productions - Melonie Magruder, All Rights Reserved.


Dihydrogen Monoxide: Be Careful What You Sign ~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi3erdgVVTw


"Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out"


Few Boston residents know that the water filling their downtown sinks comes from a huge reservoir some 65 miles west of Boston, the Quabbin. Even fewer know the story of how four towns in an idyllic valley setting were utterly destroyed, leveled, and burnt to the ground in the late 30s to build the Quabbin, the biggest drinking water reservoir of the era.

"Haunting the Quabbin: Inside Out" explores what had to be done to get water supplies to Boston to quench its thirst in the late 30s. The building of the Quabbin Reservoir displaced twenty-five hundred people.

In this documentary, Inside Out's Sean Cole meets the valley residents who were forced to move out. They still have vivid memories of their lives in the towns that were destroyed.

Cole chronicles the dramatic manner in which the Swift River Valley was flooded and the effect on its residents. What happened is still part of who they are and how they live.

Copyright © 2007 InsideOut.org, All Rights Reserved.


"Rainwater Harvesting For The Drylands" by Brad Lancaster

Click to Listen to: "Rainwater Harvesting For The Drylands"

Brad Lancaster , author and lecturer, spoke at the Springs Preserve , Las Vegas. He explains tools and techniques for implementing sustainable water systems for your home, landscape and community that are applicable anywhere.

His book, " Rainwater Harvesting for the Drylands Vol 1 " and website HarvestingRainwater.com share strategies to create integrated, rainwater-sustainable landscape plans with examples from around the world, some ancient , some new . Also included is the inspirational story of Mr. Phiri , a water farmer from Zimbabwe.

This is licensed with a Creative Commons ShareAlike Attribution 2.5 liscense.

If you air this broadcast we would very much like to know. Please email us at posse@lasoundposse.org

Copyright © 2007 Brad Lancaster, All Rights Reserved.


Maui Water Issues - Waves of Change, Rivers of Doubt

Many thanks to Robynn Takayama for permission to link to her Award Winning report:
"Maui Water Issues"

Please visit her site below to listen to the audio:

====>Click to hear "Maui Water Issues"

Description: My dad surprised me in July when he complained about a water shortage on Maui. I thought, "A water shortage in this lush and green state!? How can that be?" and I'm sure others suffer the same confusion. But once again, it's an issue of how to best utilize resources and often it's money talking, not science, culture, nor tradition.

When I heard Crossing East would send me to Hawaii in November to conduct interviews, I tried to maximize the trip and pitched this water story to two outlets.

Justin at NRP helped a great deal with their version and it's the lead story. The Pactime version was held up because of a different water issue that took precedent: the Indonesian tsunami!

Broadcast History:
Making Contact, National Radio Project

Pacific Time, KQED

Copyright © 2006, 2007 Robynn Takayama, All Rights Reserved.


Please visit her site below to listen to the audio:

====>Click to hear "Waves of Change, Rivers of Doubt"

Description: Before I left to Hawaii, I learned that the National Radio Project received a PRX reversioning grant and the show they picked was WATER. NRP asked me to check in with the folks from my first story and see how things had progressed.

Appearantly, people including the Mayor of Maui's aide, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees, and Maui council people had listened to the Maui water story I produced for Making Contact. The pairing of that story with international water issues supported efforts to take control of the water out of the former sugar cane companies hands and put it back into public hands.

Production Notes: Once again, I met some interesting people and visited locations I've only driven by previously. I got to listen in at a water commission hearing where I worried that I would have to chase down Avery Chumbley for an interview. (Instead, he and his representation were a no show.) I interviewed the Mayor after seeing him at the King Kamehameha Day parade.

But my most interesting interviewee was Duke Sevilla. A local boy spoke in thick pidgin over the phone. He said he'd pick me up and take me to his home where a sacred spring once ran. When I told him where I stayed, he said, "Do you know me?!" His father ran a store right next to our house and he knew my grandpa!

I felt very confident about this piece and was able to submit it with minimal edits.

Broadcast History: Making Contact during International Water Week

Copyright © 2006, 2007 Robynn Takayama, All Rights Reserved.


"Climate and Corals" by Dr. Simon Donner, Ph.D.

Many thanks to Quirks & Quarks on CBC Radio One for permission to link to the following audio program:

====>Click to hear "Climate and Corals"

In 2005, coral reefs across the Caribbean were damaged by a massive bleaching event. This occurs when water becomes too warm for coral, and they expel their colourful algae. A Canadian climate scientist at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Dr. Simon Donner, is trying to understand how greenhouse gases might be implicated in such events. He's found that weather leading to coral-destroying bleaching is ten times more likely with current greenhouse gas levels, and such events will become far more frequent in future climate scenarios.

Copyright © 2006, 2007 CBC Radio One, All Rights Reserved.


"IPCC Report" by Linda Mortsch

Many thanks to Quirks & Quarks on CBC Radio One for permission to link to the following audio program:

====>Click to hear "IPCC Report"

This week, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II, was issued. Unlike Working Group I, which focused on the mechanisms of climate change, this report looks at how climate change is affecting our planet right now. Ice is disappearing earlier in the spring, trees are budding earlier, and extreme weather events are causing more outbreaks of disease, than 20 years ago. This report summarizes the latest in effects of climate change, as well as offering suggestions for ways to adapt to the changes. Linda Mortsch is a Senior Researcher with the Adaptation and Impacts Research Division of Environment Canada, and was the lead author for the North American chapter of the report.

Copyright © 2006, 2007 CBC Radio One, All Rights Reserved.



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