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.

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) is the president and CEO of Forterra. She has worked on behalf of community and environmental well-being in Washington for the past 30 years.
  • Dr. David Ragland (episode 5) 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.
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