People and the earth: it’s complicated

Earth Day, which is observed on April 22nd this year, was first celebrated in 1970 an estimated 20 million people attended the festivities. Since then, this holiday has become an important national reminder of the importance of preserving and protecting our environment. Today, we bring you three pieces from our archives that explore various aspects of our relationship with Mother Nature.

Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau — The Studs Terkel Archive In August 1976, Studs Terkel interviewed renowned oceanographer Jacques Cousteau about man’s effect on the planet. While the interview took place just over 40 years ago, the state of our stewardship of the earth are in many ways heartbreakingly unchanged. “It’s amazing to think the fate of the world is in the hands of… elected, irresponsible, ignorant, incompetent people. I think, with few exceptions, the world is governed by people who know nothing.





Of God, land, and nation — Pacifica Radio Archive

The history of Native Americans following the arrival of Europeans is a devastating one. This program from 1982 examines the historical, legal, and philosophical contexts of land rights battles in the United States through illustrative cases and interviews with Native Americans, government officials, and land rights attorneys.




Regulating diesel and soot — Crosscurrents: April 22, 2009

In 2008, California passed some of the toughest diesel and soot regulations in the country, aiming to dramatically reduce air pollution and airborne cancers caused by exhaust. The effort was extremely successful, reducing particle pollution by 76%. Listen to a report from the beginning of this monumental effort.




See you in the archive,
The Pop Up Archive team

Photograph of McGown Peak, ID by Ansel Adams (Wikimedia)