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May 4, 2020

waterloop #22: Vaughn Hagerty on GenX in Wilmington's Water

Vaughn Hagerty is the Public Information Officer for the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority in Wilmington, North Carolina. In this episode Vaughn discusses the discovery that GenX, a PFAS chemical, was dumped into the Cape Fear River for nearly 40 …

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April 29, 2020

waterloop #21: La'Meshia Whittington-Kaminski on Delivering Environme…

La’Meshia Whittington-Kaminski is Deputy Political Director for Advance Carolina and Organizing Campaigns Director for the NC Black Alliance. In this episode La’Meshia explains how the environmental justice movement began in North Carolina and the dis...

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April 26, 2020

waterloop #20: Rob Bilott on His 20-Year Battle to Expose the Dangers…

Rob Bilott is an environmental attorney and author of Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont. In this episode Rob details his two-decade legal fight to reveal the harm done by PFAS to people in …

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April 22, 2020

waterloop #19: Micah Ragland on Being From Flint and Going Back to He…

Micah Ragland is a native of Flint, Michigan and served as a public outreach official in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama Administration. in this episode Micah describes the history and people of Flint,

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April 20, 2020

waterloop #18: Luke Runyon on the State of the Colorado River

Luke Runyon is a reporter at KUNC in Colorado and produces stories focused on water for a network of NPR stations throughout the Southwest. In this episode Luke describes the iconic Colorado River, including the perspective from his flight over …

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April 16, 2020

waterloop #17: Eric Adler on Tracking Water Use at Home with Flume

Eric Adler is the CEO of Flume. In this episode Eric explains how in the era of residential water conservation and wired homes the Flume Smart Water Monitor allows people to track their house's water use in real-time on a …

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April 14, 2020

waterloop #16: Emma Robbins on Providing Running Water to Navajo Nati…

Emma Robbins is Director of the Navajo Water Project. In this episode Emma talks about the Navajo Nation and how Navajo are 67 times more likely than other Americans to live without running water, with one in three families hauling …

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April 10, 2020

waterloop #15: Seth Siegel on the Trouble With America's Drinking Wat…

Seth Siegel is the author of Troubled Water: What’s Wrong With What We Drink. In this episode Seth discusses why he opened the book with the story of PFAS pollution in Hoosick Falls, the concept that chemicals are considered innocent …

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April 7, 2020

waterloop #14: Jane Gilbert on How Miami is Adapting to Climate Change

Jane Gilbert is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Miami. In this episode Jane explains how climate change is impacting Miami, including through increased heat, sea level rise, and stronger storms.

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Feb. 19, 2020

waterloop #13: Dr. John Burns on the Health of Coral Reefs

Dr. John Burns is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In this episode John explains the critical importance of coral reefs to the ocean ecosystem and coastal communities. He talks about the health of coral reefs …

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Jan. 27, 2020

waterloop #12: Apryl Boyle on Shark Conservation and El Porto Beach

Apryl Boyle is the Founder and Executive Director of El Porto Shark. In this episode Apryl discusses misconceptions about sharks, the importance of changing public opinion, ways to raise awareness, and the role of partnerships in protection.

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Jan. 4, 2020

waterloop #11: Earl Swift on the Vanishing of Tangier Island

Earl Swift is author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island. In this episode Earl explains how the unique community in the Chesapeake Bay is struggling as the island disappears through a combination of erosion,

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Dec. 23, 2019

waterloop #10: Sean Swentek on Surfing as Therapy

Sean Swentek is Executive Director of A Walk On Water and a member of the Board of Directors for the International Surf Therapy Organization. In this episode Sean discusses the use of surfing as therapy for a wide range of …

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Dec. 2, 2019

waterloop #9: Dr. Denise Herzing on Studying Wild Dolphins

Dr. Denise Herzing is the Founder and Research Director of the Wild Dolphin Project. In this episode Denise talks about her 35 years spent studying dolphins in the wild and why it is a unique and important approach.

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Aug. 18, 2019

waterloop #8: Ryan Bigelow on Choosing Sustainable Seafood

Ryan Bigelow is the Senior Program Manager for Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. In this episode Ryan discusses how the popular Seafood Watch guide helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that's fished or farmed in ways that support …

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July 28, 2019

waterloop #7: Mark Price on Building More Sustainable Surfboards

Mark Price is the CEO of Firewire Surfboards. In this episode Mark discusses how Firewire makes more sustainable surfboards, leashes, and traction pads that are better for people - including shapers - and the environment.

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July 23, 2019

waterloop #6: Dr. Vanessa Pirotta on Using Technology to Study Whales

Dr. Vanessa Pirotta is a marine biologist in Australia who uses technology to study whales. In this episode Vanessa discusses collecting whale snot with drones, her research on the impact of global shipping on marine giants,

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March 11, 2019

waterloop #5: Chad Nelsen on Activities of the Surfrider Foundation

Chad Nelsen is the CEO of the Surfrider Foundation. In this episode Chad discusses the organization's mission, Smartfin technology, plastic pollution, offshore drilling, climate change, and surfers as scientists and environmental advocates.

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March 8, 2019

waterloop #4: Katie Wallace on the Role of Water in Beer

Katie Wallace is the Director of Social and Environmental Impact for New Belgium Brewing and co-chair of the sustainability committee for the Brewers Association. In this episode, Katie discusses the role of water in beer,

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March 4, 2019

waterloop #3: Chuck Fox on Overfishing in the Ocean

Chuck Fox is the Executive Director of Oceans 5, an international funders’ collaborative that works to constrain overfishing and create and expand marine protected areas. In this episode, Chuck explains the problem of overfishing and discusses sharks,

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Feb. 26, 2019

waterloop #2: Marcus Ericksen on Plastic Pollution in the Ocean

Marcus Ericksen is the co-founder and director of research for the 5 Gyres Institute. He has been on more than 20 ocean-crossing expeditions, written and published research on the impact of plastic pollution in the world's oceans,

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Feb. 10, 2019

waterloop #1: Dr. Wallace J. Nichols on Blue Mind

Dr. Wallace “J.” Nichols is a scientist, wild water advocate, movement-maker, and author of the New York Times best-seller Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier,

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