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The GREAT LAKES ODYSSEY Radio Hour – Copper, Iron, Steel & Glass

Adrian V 13 February 2024 2036 128 4

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The Great Lakes Odyssey Radio Hour is broadcast on NPR (National Public Radio)

s1.e7.GREAT LAKES ODYSSEY Radio HourCOPPER, IRON, STEEL & GLASS The geology of the Great Lakes is the source of North American industrial strength, but how can these resources be used to sustain economy – and ecology?

For generations, the exploitation of the natural resources provided by the Great Lakes basin has fed a robust system founded on capitalism. Chief Dean Sayers of Batchewana First Nations, relates the Indigenous tradition on copper. Author/historian Barbara Floyd on the glass industry of Toledo, Ohio. Bryan Davies of Tagona Press publishing house, with a lesson on iron and steel on the Great Lakes. Photography Arts professor at Hope College, Steve Nelson, on shooting post-industrial subjects. Music from Sarah Harmer, the Shannon Moan Trio and from Reuben and the Dark.

s1.e7. GREAT LAKES ODYSSEY Radio Hour Music & Art Credits

Photo Credit – Adriano

Title – Big Five Water
Artist / Composer – Ray Bonneville

Title – St. Mary’s River Fantasy
Album – Nocturnes
Artist / Composer – Rusty McCarthy

Title – Escarpment Blues
Album – I’m A Mountain
Artist/Composer – Sarah Harmer

Title – Spirit of Misshepezhieu
Album – Gitche Gumee – Songs From the Lake
Artist/Composer – Don Charbonneau

Title – Gitchi Gami
Artist/Composer – Rusty McCarthy

Title – Tall Glass of Poison
Album – Suspendered
Artist – The Wild Turkeys
Composer – Sheldon Jaaskelainen

Title – Tract
Album – Requiem For A Glacier
Artist/Composer – Paul Walde

Title – 350 Years Ago
Album – A Musical Tribute to Sault Ste. Marie
Artist/Composer – Stephanie Sabatine

Title – Oh July
Album – Oh July
Artist – Shannon Moan Trio
Composer – Shannon Moan

Title – Huron Shores
Album – Watershed
Artist – Grey Earth
Composer – Gary H.

Title – As Falls Niagara
Album – Nocturnes
Artist/Composer – Rusty McCarthy

Title – Huron ‘Beltane’ Fire Dance
Album – Parallel Dreams
Artist/Composer – Loreena McKennitt

Title – Black Water
Album – Funeral Sky
Artist/Composer – Reuben & The Dark

This program produced by GLOW Radio Partners in venture with The Borderline Events Co.








Great Lakes Odyssey World

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Great Lakes Odyssey World is a multi-national effort to strengthen and explore our relationship with the natural wonders known as the Great Lakes.

In this part of the project, we have created a multi-part audio series looking at the way the Great Lakes shape our lives, our livelihoods, our health and our culture.

50 years ago, folks in the media and elsewhere were ready to declare the Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie “dead.”

The thought so appalled citizens in Canada and the United States, they forced their national governments to act.

Because, of course, the Great Lakes shape the life of both Canada and the United States. And, of course, the Great Lakes are a single system stretching from Duluth to Ottawa and down the St. Lawrence seaway. What happens to any of the Lakes will soon happen to the others.

So, the politicians of 50 years ago negotiated the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, “for the purpose of restoring, protecting and enhancing the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes basin.”

50 years later, we can see the agreement worked. We see more fish, cleaner water, and less pollution. Unlike the early settlers and colonials, who mostly saw the Lakes as a resource to tap, we now recognize, like the First Nations, the Lakes are part of our identity. They shape our relationships, our songs and celebrations of place, the way we eat, how we play, and what we make, or sell, or harvest.

50 years since the wake-up call of a burning river, Great Lakes Odyssey wants to learn how we live and love, hurt and restore the incredible gift which is the Great Lakes.

We will explore Great Lakes art and artistic expression, and meet the artists, writers, musicians who make it. We will also dip into Great Lakes history and lore – and learn from the people who have been here the longest and know it the best: The People of the Three Fires, the Anishinaabek.

On our Odyssey around the Great Lakes, we will also hear from people working to prevent poisonous algal blooms or stop the spread of invasive species. We will meet visionaries undoing decades of development that hardened shorelines, emptied marshes and wetlands, and destroyed critical spawning grounds. We will talk to people working to ensure all beings have access to pure drinking water.

Because none of us can live without pure drinking water.

In this wondrous place we call the Great Lakes, we know we are blessed by these Sweet Water Seas. We claim them as our H.O.M.E.S. as the emotionally accurate mnemonic says. They are Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior, and they are our HOMES.

As long as humans have lived in, and of and through the Lakes, people have told stories about them, sung about them, and gloried in this great gift of the long departed Ice Age. Left by glaciers thousands of years ago, they are the World’s storehouse of fresh water. If they are drained… or ruined… or damaged, they can never be replaced.

So, as we travel around the Great Lakes basin, we want to see how we are doing – what we are doing – how we’re feeling and what we’re learning as we try to live as lovers and restorers – and children and family – of the being whom the Anishinaabek call Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin, the five freshwater seas.

We hope to galvanize, inspire, and motivate you to strengthen, support and steward the Great Lakes to a beautiful and healthy future.

So please join us on this magical, dare we say “magical mystery tour” of the Great Lakes basin and Great Lakes culture.

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