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Treasure Hunt 9/14/12
Geocaching, a sort of 21st Century scavenger hunt where players try to locate hidden containers using a smartphone or GPS, may seem like the ultimate in hipster playtime. But for our host Maria Hinojosa, it’s an exercise that gives her quality time with her daughter, lets her join in adventures with like-minded strangers and connects her to familiar landscapes in new ways.
Relief from the Heat: The Snowy Slopes of Colorado 7/6/12
Reporter Whitney Eulich follows 13-year old Emily Garcia on the ski slopes of Snowmass, Colorado. Emily has autism as well as frequent epileptic seizures. She’s gained independence and self-confidence through learning to ski.
A Tree Grows in Watts 6/29/12
Urban grit and natural beauty exist side by side in a community garden in LA’s Jordan Downs Housing projects. Go on an audio tour of this garden as part of Latino USA’s Radio Nature series.
Teach A Man To Fish 6/8/12
For Michael McDaniel, fishing runs in the family. He grew up fishing with his grandfather and now he takes his sons to the same spot where he would swing bait when he was little. Reporter Lauren Whaley takes us out on a fishing trip with Michael’s family.
Soaring Skies 5/25/12
Jose Sainz, a master kite maker and flyer from San Diego talks to Jocelyn Frank about his fascination with the majesty and power of the wind.
Nature’s Alleyway – The Tenderloin National Forest 5/11/12
San Francisco’s Tenderloin district is a low-rent, street-wise melting pot of an untold variety of people, languages and cultures. The city’s most densely populated area, the Tenderloin is known for its lack of open, green spaces. But there are signs that might be changing.
“Cinco de Derby” 5/11/12
Last Saturday, 5 de Mayo, 25-year-old Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez rode “I’ll Have Another” and won the Kentucky Derby. We speak to him for a recap on his victory and what it’s meant to him.
Aina: Love of the Land 5/4/12
With family ties to their island home spanning generations, Hawaiian kids possess a unique and intuitive spiritual connection to the natural world. They call it ‘Aina’ — which is the Hawaiian word for ‘land’.
Under the Flamboyan Tree 4/5/12
This is a story about coming home. Coming home in a no-fuss, square blue urn with gold trim. Coming home to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Sea and a waiting Flamboyan tree.
A Life Changing Botanical Garden 2/17/12
Visiting San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, where, as a young teenager, Marcus Gallegos began looking to make positive changes in his life. He visited the Strybing Arboretum and there he found the change he was seeking. Marcus went from the downward spiral of gang life to the uplifting world of being lead intern at the botanical gardens. Today he’s a garden and science coordinator at one of the city’s public elementary schools. Emily Wilson has our story.
El Pastor Americano 2/10/12
We take you to Southwest Colorado, where guest worker sheepherders are brought from Latin America to carry out one of the world’s toughest and oldest professions. Bolivian immigrant Eraclio Beltran is one of the nearly 300 Latin American shepherds in Colorado who spend months at a time in complete isolation, surrounded by the natural landscapes of the American West. Latino USA’s Andres Caballero reports from Colorado.
Living in the Land of the Shaking Earth 1/13/12
They’re breathtaking, yet dangerous. Volcanoes. In this audio essay Maria Martin paints a vivid picture of Guatemala’s unique landscapes and what it’s like to live life on volcanic ground.
Nature, Magic & Girl Power 12/16/11
Renowned children’s book author Jan Bozarth talks about nature, magic, and girl empowerment. She shares why nature is so important to her, and the role it plays in her successful pre-teen book series, “Fairy Godmother Academy.”
Swimming at ‘The Point’ 11/25/11
On a bright, cool afternoon, Maria Hinojosa takes her kids for a swim with their 75-year-old grandmother at Lake Michigan’s Promontory Point. In the waters off the shore of her Chicago hometown, three generations connect with nature and each other in profound ways.
Third Generation Curandero 11/14/11
We meet Charles Garcia, a third-generation curandero, a traditional healer. He’s also the founder of the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism. Charles treats the sick with traditional tinctures, vinegars and other concoctions made of plants, many of which he grows or harvests on his own.
The Bronx River 8/12/11
We take a trip down the Bronx River, the only freshwater river that runs through New York City. For the majority of low-income Bronx residents, it’s one of their only connections to nature and a break from urban life.
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