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A catalog of podcasts and radio show recordings Brook Thompson has been a guest on. 

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April 10, 2024

Breaking Green:Fight for Salmon Conservation and Cultural Survival

Hosted by Steve Taylor 


"When the salmon numbers in the Klamath River dwindled, it wasn't just a loss of wildlife, it was a piece of Brook Thompson's heritage slipping away. Our latest episode of Breaking Green features Brook, a Yurok and Karuk Native American, water resource engineer, and PhD student, who unravels the deep ties between her tribe's culture and the river's salmon. Discover how she leverages her academic prowess and indigenous insight to fight against the environmental crises that threaten both her community's traditions and the planet's health.

Join us as we traverse the complex landscape of salmon conservation, where Brook illuminates the delicate balance of water flow management, the harrowing impact of the 2002 salmon kill, and the vital role of habitat restoration. Her story is one of resilience and purpose, driving home the importance of integrating indigenous knowledge with modern science. From the halls of academia to the United Nations climate conferences, Brook's voice brings a fresh perspective to the urgent dialogue on conservation and the empowerment of indigenous leaders.

As we wrap up the conversation, Brook doesn't shy away from the pressing issues of our times—microplastics in fish, renewable energy projects on indigenous lands, and the need for authentic representation in environmental policy-making. Her call to action is clear: to heal our planet, we must honor the wisdom of those who have cherished it for millennia. By supporting indigenous voices and practices, we're not just upholding justice; we're investing in a legacy of stewardship that could save us all. This podcast is produced by Global Justice Ecology Project."

March 24th, 2023

NSPR Blue Dot: Stream restoration on the Klamath River and Big Chico Creek with California Trout

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Hosted by Dave Schlom & Matt Fidler


Host Dave Schlom visits with an array of guests that are involved in major watershed restoration projects being conducted by the conservation organization California Trout.

We find out about the science behind restoration with Andrew Rypel, Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, then dive into the world's largest restoration project, the dam removal on the Klamath River, with UC Davis aquatic research ecologist Robert Lusardi.

Brook Thompson, a Yurok and Karuk tribal member who is a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz, weighs in on her homeland watershed and indigenous ecological principles that will be put into place during the Klamath restoration effort.

Then we turn our attention to a stream that literally flows past the NSPR studios, Big Chico Creek, with Cal Trout's Regional Director for Mt. Shasta and Klamath, Damon Goodman, and Holly Swan, the new Project Manager for the Mount Lassen office of California Trout in Chico. Finally, He Lo Ramirez, scientist, educator, and Mechoopda tribal member tells us about how the tribe is helping to restore Big Chico Creek, waters that his people have lived by for millennia that were once filled with abundant salmon and steelhead.

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February 04, 2023 

CBC Unreserved:
Pacific Coast Indigenous nations see a glimmer of hope for the future of salmon

Hosted by Rhiannon Johnson


Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous voices — our cousins, our aunties, our elders, our heroes. Rosanna Deerchild guides us on the path to better understand our shared story. Together, we learn and unlearn, laugh and become gentler in all our relations.

January 19th, 2023

Cultivating Place: The Yurok Tribe's Revegetation Plan & Undamming Of The Klamath Brook Thompson & Joshua Chenoweth

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Hosted by Jennifer Jewell


Conversations on natural history & the human impulse to garden. 

As seen in the overview, the 30 x 30 conservation efforts at federal and state levels are tremendous, but as the last two weeks’ conversations have made clear, it is at the landscape and local levels that these conservation efforts work or don’t work, get done or don’t, and ideally get done as thoroughly and thoughtfully as possible. 
This week, we focus on one specific and historic project at least 50 years in the making – the undamming of the majestic Klamath River. The final approval for the removal of a series of hydroelectric-production dams (whose installations date from the early to the mid-1900s) was won in November of 2022. Dam removal is set to begin in 2023. We’re in conversation with two people, Brook Thompson, and Joshua Chenoweth, engaged by the Yurok Tribe in preparing for the revegetation of the more than 2000 acres that will be re-exposed following the draining of the dam basins. 
Brook is a Yurok tribal member, a Native scholar, a civil engineer, water rights and cultural sovereignty activist, and Joshua is a restoration ecologist working for the Yurok tribe and leading the many-year planning and implementation of this complex revegetation process. 

It’s all about re-connections.  Listen in!

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October 26th, 2021

West Coast Water Justice:
Connecting Indigenous Knowledge, Policy and Infrastructure

Hosted by Natalie Kilmer

A podcast about grassroots water justice in the Western United States. We interview experts about their local watersheds and how the health of our water impacts every facet of our lives and future generations.

March 1st, 2021

This Old Apocalyptic House: Washed Away with Brook Thompson

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Description: "Groundwater levels are plunging throughout America. Are we running out of water? Are we running out of time? We talk with Civic/Environmental Engineering Student Brook Thompson about how we can best manage (or fight for) both. Tune in to see if Dave dies!"

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