Land & Power: Stories of Belonging

A Forterra podcast about land ownership and its connection to health and well-being.

You can’t think of the land without thinking of history. Who has lived here? And who lives here now? And why?

We’re interested in hearing from people of color doing groundbreaking and thoughtful work related to land. We’re exploring how land connects to power and privilege, the concept and history of land ownership, and how land connects to our health and wellbeing.

Land & Power is a limited series podcast available on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Episodes will be released each Wednesday, October 7 to October 21.

Land & Power guests

  • Dr. Mindy Fullilove (episode 1) is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban policy and health. She is the author of three books we love, including “Root Shock,” “Urban Alchemy,” and a new book, “Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All.”
  • Dr. J. Drew Lanham (episode 2) is a writer, poet, and wildlife biologist. As a wildlife professor, his focus is on songbird ecology and the role of African-Americans in natural resource conservation. Read his “9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher” featured in Orion Magazine.
  • Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez (episode 3) is a self-taught artist and arts activist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Microsoft, Swedish Hospital, Harborview Medical Center, and General Mills, among others.
  • Michelle Connor (episode 4) has worked to save keystone land for community and environmental well-being throughout her 25-year career at Forterra. She has now played a part in more than 400 transactions worth $500M and provided executive leadership in all phases of public policy, community engagement, negotiations, fundraising, and innovative finance (notably the Forterra Strong Communities Fund).
  • Dr. David Ragland is co-founder and former co-director of the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and visiting professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in community, liberation, indigenous, and eco-psychologies.