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RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities

Series produced by Claire Schoen

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Image by: Jan Sturmann 

RISE is a series of 3 hour-long radio documentaries about the impact of climate change on coastal cities.

Rising sea levels bring high tides and high waves to our shores. Extreme weather events cause our rivers to flood. It is no longer possible to halt all the impacts coming with climate change. It is time to start adapting to those changes that are now inevitable.

RISE looks to the San Francisco Bay Area for answers. Here are stories of men and women living at the water’s edge, in the path of a rising tide. How they respond can provide a model for people everywhere in the face of this growing global crisis.

For more information, please visit www.searise.org. That's where you can find "The Flood Next Time," a bonus RISE multimedia webstory for station homepages or blogs.

(Note for PDs: Each of the 3 shows can be broadcast as stand-alone programs, but we strongly encourage broadcasting the entire series.)


Additional Files

4 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Chuey Cazares and his family live in the tiny coastal town of Alviso at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, Credit: Jan Sturmann
Adapting to climate change will be a messy and painful business. And in the short term there will be winners and losers. Chuey Cazarez’s family is ...

Bought by KAAD-LP, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WHRV, WRIR, KMXT and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
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These six 20-minute podcasts are reversioned from the RISE radio documentaries.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 01, 2012
  • Length: 02:01:39
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions threaten the nation's coastal towns, Credit: Jan Sturmann
The San Francisco Bay is a place of beauty and biological diversity. But sea level rise and extreme weather will change human life along its coastl...

Bought by KAAD-LP, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WHRV, WRIR, WAMC and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 19
Caption: Steve Mello is a farmer on Tyler Island in the San Francisco Bay Delta, Credit: Jan Sturmann
Rising waters threaten the lands of a farmer and of a developer, yet they and their families dismiss all warnings of danger. Why are so many of us ...

Bought by KAAD-LP, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, WHRV, WRIR, WAMC and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17