Jillo Katelo: Empowering Indigenous Communities in Northern Kenya

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Jillo Katelo: Empowering Indigenous Communities in Northern Kenya
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There is a force referred to as development that has arrived in Northern Kenya. It brings highways, wind farms, pipelines, cables, standardized education, and new towns where the government wants people to live and work. What it also brings is pollution, inequality, disappearing cultures and languages, an end to nomadic lifestyles that have existed for hundreds of years. While all this is happening, extreme weather has also arrived, taking people who have long known how to live in balance with the environment and thrusting them into the uncertainty and destruction climate change leaves in its wake.
Amidst all this struggle there is also hope. Communities have become aware of what development can do to them. They have become concious of the need to preserve knowledge and restore culture. And this is all being done not in isolation, but through sharing of experiences and strategies with communities facing the same circumstances throughout the continent and the world.
My guest today, Jillo Katelo of the Kivulini Trust, speaks of a childhood where there was balance and joy in his community. Only to be replaced nowadays by an erosion of that way of life as it increasingly under attack in the name of development and so-called economic progress. But the story doesn’t end here, listen in as Jillo talks about his home, how it is changed, and what he is doing empower communities and challenge the modern-day religion that places profit margins above humanity.

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Voices 4 Change: Indigenous Activists and Friends in Africa

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Voices 4 Change: Indigenous Activists and Friends in Africa

This month I had the great honor of being present at the Video 4 Change gathering in South Africa. This meeting brought together indigenous activists from different parts of the continent, as well as allies and friends from the rest of the world. The topic: the struggle for indigenous rights in a globalized world where in the name of profit and development, people who have long lived in harmony with their environment are being forced to discard their identity and physically pulled from their ancestral land. How is this happening in an era of sustainable development goals and human rights? What can be done to help communities defend themselves and be heard on a national and international scale?

Madge Weinstein: There Aren’t Enough True Crime Podcasts

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Madge Weinstein: There Aren’t Enough True Crime Podcasts

My esteemed colleague and media icon Madge Weinstein returns to the podcast today to dissect the podcast hype. As one of the first podcasts ever to exist in the history of the world, you will rarely hear from a visionary with the extensive experience and self-loathing that Madge brings. We also discuss impeachment, social media narcissism, and eventually things that we actually like. So amazing. Weew. It’s Madge!

Joana Ponder: Empowering, Reconnecting, and other Passion Projects

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Joana Ponder: Empowering, Reconnecting, and other Passion Projects

Joana Ponder has an approach to life that I greatly admire. She’s also a fun person to speak with. For these reasons and more I invited her to the kitchen table for a conversation about what she’s busy with when it comes to how we see ourselves and approach life through good times and bad.

Her Website. Her Podcast: The Pondercast