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Tim Troll came to Alaska in 1978 as a VISTA volunteer lawyer and was assigned to an office in Bethel, a remote Yup’ik Indigeous community in Southwestern Alaska. After his tour of duty ended he became the village manager for the Yup’ik community of St. Mary’s on the Yukon River. Tim fell in love with the subsistence lifestyle, hunting, fishing and cultural traditions of these Alaska Native people. He’s now the Executive Director of the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, which he helped create in 1999. The Trust is a non-profit working to preserve critical places of incredible cultural and biological importance in the Bristol Bay region. This summer, Tim is sailing a double-ender sailboat (the kind of boat all Bristol Bay fishermen used to fish out of) from Homer – ending the journey in Naknek, Alaska – in the heart of Bristol Bay. Tim’s brother Ray is Alaska’s patron artist and his nephew Patrick is a musician and filmmaker and edits the Save What You Love podcast.
Phil wrote the children's book, "The Last Salmon" which has been turned into a play and is on its way to the big screen as an animated film. Phil offers a hopeful glimpse into acting locally to save the things we love.
Nanci Morris Lyon is a pioneer in the fly-fishing world. She's a decades-long champion for Bristol Bay and she's a good friend to SWYL host, Mark Titus. Nanci housed and fed Mark while he was filming his documentaries The Breach and The Wild from 2012 - 2017. Nanci holds fly-fishing records and is Bristol Bay's first female to own and operate a full-blown world-class fishing lodge. In this episode Nanci talks about what it takes to persevere in the face of a decades-long conflict and what it means to her to pass the torch on to her daughter, Riley.
Tom Douglas is a James beard award-winning chef and restaurateur based in Seattle. If you live in the PNW, chances are you've encountered Tom at one of his restaurants, on his weekly radio show, on TV, or if you're lucky at one of his in-person Hot Stove Society cooking classes. Tom has been an unwavering champion for the protection of Bristol Bay over the years. He's has been an Executive Producer on both Mark Titus' documentaries, The Breach and The Wild. Currently, Tom is carrying Eva's Wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon in three of his restaurants: Lola, Carlile Room and Seatown.
Dr. Jen McIntyre is a professor of aquatic ecology for the Washington State University’s Puyallup division. Mark and Jen break down her work with stormwater runoff and its deleterious effect on salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. Pretty relevant with the onset of November rains here in Salmon Nation. Jen has led youth on wilderness adventures, earned a masters and her ph.D at the University of Washington and been published in dozens of major periodicals. And, she is a voice of hope. Her breakthrough research has led to identifying the exact toxic chemical in tires that are causing salmon harm. Mark and Jen talk about the work that is being done now to protect toxic runoff and the work that remains to be done.
NRDC’s principal institutional representative in the West, Joel Reynolds joined the organization as a senior attorney in 1990, after a decade with the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. Since 1980, he has specialized in complex law-reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community groups at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has also led several of NRDC’s largest campaigns: to preserve the birthing lagoon of gray whales in Baja California; to protect the California State Park at San Onofre; to reduce underwater noise pollution that threatens ocean wildlife; and, most recently, to halt the construction of the environmentally destructive Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. He has twice been selected California Attorney of the Year in the environmental category. From 1986 to 1990, Reynolds was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center. Since 2012, he has served as chair of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, one of California’s largest land trusts. His articles and editorials appear frequently in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, the Huffington Post, and other major media outlets. A graduate of Columbia Law School in 1978, Reynolds is based in Santa Monica.
Kel Moody is an architect of place. They are the director of Salmon Nation's weeklong Festival of What Works, November 2nd-7th, 2021. Mark and Kel discuss what to expect out of this special week of virtual-gathering to learn from innovators and leaders from throughout the Salmon Nation bioregion - which extends from the north slope of Alaska through Northern California. Kel is also a facilitator of cause-based business. They have shepherded new and emerging businesses through the sometimes daunting process of receiving B-Corp certification. Mostly this is a discussion about reverence for Place. Kel and Mark share their thoughts and hearts about why reverence for the wild and the places we love in nature can bring us together from the divide.
Guido Rahr is the president and CEO of the Wild Salmon Center a non-profit responsible for securing protection of 3 million acres of salmon habitat across the Pacific rim – and one of the key partners in the coalition to protect Bristol Bay.’ Guido's also the subject of the book, Stronghold – One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon – suggesting that each one of us can contribute to the great song of saving what we love. We talk about Guido’s work and adventures chronicled in the book. Mostly, Guido is wildly curious – from snakes and frogs and birds to our shared love of salmon - and his curiosity is infectious.
A public health scientist by training, Dr. Jennifer Galvin left a fast-track academic career path to pursue filmmaking. She had a knack for finding narrative in the numbers and wanted to use her research and storytelling abilities to put a face on societal problems and solutions. She was selected to the American Film Institute's 2004 Catalyst Workshop for science storytelling and screenwriting, and to the 2006 Pan Caribbean Project for Documentaries Residency at EICTV, Cuba. In 2006 she founded reelblue, an independent film production and media company based in New York. Her feature film directorial debut was the prized documentary Free Swim (2009), which continues to travel the globe to reduce youth drowning, promote diversity in ocean-related sports, and ignite community coastal conservation. While she most loves having the camera in her hands, Galvin’s ability to direct, produce, write, and shoot led her to being compared to a Swiss Army knife when named to the 2014 GOOD 100, representing the vanguard of artists, activists, entrepreneurs, and innovators from over 35 countries making creative impact. Her feature documentary The Memory of Fish (2016) was one of three Wildscreen Panda Award Best Script nominees—the highest accolade in the wildlife film and TV industry, dubbed the ‘Green Oscars’; it was also named to “The Definitive List of River Movies” by American Rivers. More recently she directed/produced the award-winning music video On My Mind (2020), starring Storyboard P and vanguard musicians Marcus Strickland, Pharoahe Monch, and Bilal, that debuted on AFROPUNK, and she produced The Antidote (2020), a feature film exploring kindness in America that qualified for an Oscar for Best Documentary. This summer Galvin produced Tuskegee Legacy Stories (2021), a 5-part public health campaign for Ad Council featuring descendants of the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee to build back trust in medicine. She is currently developing projects spanning fiction and nonfiction. Commercial to indie, documentary to fiction, moving image to print—her motivations remain fueled by the maxim “protect the vulnerable.”
Kyle and SWYL host, Mark Titus met at a screening of The Breach back in 2015 at the San Francisco aquarium. Kyle’s a Bristol Bay commercial fisherman who knows tons about catching these creatures he and Mark are both hopelessly in love with. And, when he graciously offered Mark a ride to the airport so he wouldn’t miss a flight to his next screening of The Breach. During that ride they discovered they had big-time soul connections as well. Not the least of which was through Kyle’s big brother, Steve, who stars in The Wild and in his own incredible documentary, Gleason. Kyle helped produce both of these docs and has become a brother-from-another-mother to Mark They talk about all this and more in this week’s episode of SWYL.
Olivia Watkins is a force. Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2020, Olivia is the co-founder and president of Black Farmer Fund, a thriving organization in New York creating consumers and producers of Black food ecosystems who participate as community wealth builders to repair Black communities’ relationship to food and land. Achieving this vision requires that Black farmers and food business owners benefit equitably from and co-create financing, visions and ideas, technical assistance, networking, and public policies. I learned so much from Olivia in this conversation about how to apply the hard-earned lessons from her work to strive for a more equitable and regenerative food system right here in Salmon Nation.
Linda Behnken is a Heinz-Award winning Ocean-Warrior based in Sitka, Alaska. Teresa Heinz, Chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation said about her: “Linda’s success in achieving collaboration between scientists, industry, and the fishermen who work the ocean for their livelihood is a model for effective environmental change. Her efforts to drive policy and practices that protect the stability of Alaska’s coastal fishing communities and the ocean ecosystem on which they depend not only give us hope, they demonstrate what is possible when seemingly competing interests work together.” In today’s episode we talk about fishermen as citizen scientists; 30 by 30; her work as a leader in Salmon Nation and bringing Alaska’s treasured seafood to those who need it around the bioregion.
Ian Gill is a writer, critic, bookseller, conservationist and co-creator of Salmon Nation, a bioregional network I am a proud member and resident of. Ian is also Principal of Cause+Effect, a Vancouver-based consulting company focused on designing and implementing strategies for large-scale social transformation. Prior to establishing Cause+Effect, Ian spent almost eighteen years as CEO of Ecotrust in three countries – Canada, the US and Australia. In 2020, he co-founded an independent bookstore in Vancouver, Upstart & Crow. He lives in Vancouver and on a small island off the West Coast of Salmon Nation. Today, Ian lays out for us Salmon Nation’s call for Salmon Stories - and how they are offering $1000 Fellowships for curating our love stories for our bioregion’s beloved keystone species.
Aleesha Towns-Bain is the executive director of the Bristol Bay Education Foundation (BBEF). She hosted Tyler and me in June during the Neqa Salmon Derby, which, in addition to being a profoundly moving experience, was like grown-up summer camp in the most beautiful, wild place you can dream up. It was all to benefit the BBEF and its mission to connect Bristol Bay’s young people to their past and invest in their future. Aleesha’s work with the foundation is rooted in providing resources for the resilience and education of Bristol Bay’s young people of Indigenous descent - all of whom are shareholders in the Bristol Bay Native Corporation. BBEF provides scholarships to 4-year colleges and universities - and also to trade schools and deep-learning in the languages and traditional culture of Bristol Bay’s First People. Aleesha’s work and this conversation inspired the hell out of me and instilled hope for Bristol Bay’s future by this critical investment in Bristol Bay’s greatest treasure, her young people.
David Holbrooke is a filmmaker and cultural entrepreneur who believes that film is the best way to convey the big ideas that are missing in the public dialogue. David was a TV News Producer with the Today Show, CNN and CBS News before moving into filmmaking after watching 9/11 happen and believing that he needed to tell stories with more depth and purpose. In 2008, he became festival director of Telluride Mountainfilm, inspiring and entertaining thousands of people every year with his innovative programming. In 2015, he premiered The Diplomat on HBO, a documentary about his father, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, which told a personal story as well as a look at five decades of American foreign policy. In 2018, he started the Original Thinkers ideas festival in Telluride, CO, which has since become a burgeoning media company with live events, films and other media assets. Holbrooke lives in Telluride, CO with his wife Sarah and three kids where he rides bikes and skis.
Virginia and I have been friends for over two decades. She currently serves as the Chief Social Impact Officer for a little coffee company here in Seattle you may have heard of. As ubiquitous and colossal as Starbucks is, this conversation was a revelation to me as to the intimate, personal efficacy that is possible when an entire cohort is fueled by a purpose higher than themselves. (and caffeine). Virginia and Mark talk about that time she was teaching English in Vietnam on 09/11; her Dad’s military service inspiring Starbucks’ Opportunity For All Initiative and creating equity from the ground up.
This week Mark talks to Aaron Kindle, Director of Sporting Advocacy for National Wildlife Federation (NWF) – one of the many incredible partners working to preserve Bristol Bay forever. Aaron is lifelong Westerner, originally from Wyoming, who possesses a deep appreciation for the West, its people, and its wild country. He comes to NWF from Trout Unlimited, where he worked on public lands issues for their Sportsmen’s Conservation Project for four and a half years.
Hannah Lux has seen and heard it all. She’s had the dubious distinction of cutting my hair for the last 20 years. Along the way, Hannah has become a close friend and inspiration. When pondering who to talk to about what the last year was like as a small business owner, I couldn’t think of anyone better. Hannah adapted, improvised and overcame – bringing her Seattle business, Moxie Beauty Boutique through a pandemic with sparkling colors. Along the way, she continued to find ways to give back to the work she believes in - including and especially, the fight for Bristol Bay. ~MT
Russ Ricketts finds wonder underwater. And he inspires it in me and everyone he touches with his work - sharing an ethereal world that's as close as your local river. Russ has been a good friend for over a decade now. You'll find his DNA in both The Breach and The Wild. His beautiful underwater footage makes both of these films sing the song electric for wild salmon. On today's episode of SWYL, Russ gets real with me about our imperiled salmon runs here in the PNW; staying determined despite the last year and becoming awestruck by dipping your head underwater. Find Russ on instagram at @river_snorkeling
Zach is an Alaskan. And a fisherman. And he happens to play bass for Wasilla Alaska’s own, Portugal. The Man. PTM is now based in Portland, Oregon but Zach’s passion for rivers, fish and music remain the same. On this week’s episode of SWYL, Mark and Zach talk about creativity through Covid; Zach most cringe-worthy moment on stage; the PTM Foundation’s inspired work supporting Indigenous sovereignty and justice - and of course, swinging a fly for Steelhead.
She makes beautiful things in her work as a Mom, entrepreneur, chef and author. She and her husband Bobby are raising their daughters, Cora and Ayla on the edge of the wilds near Ithaca, New York. Together, they own and operate Firelight Camps - a glamping oasis perched on the edge of Buttermilk Falls State Park. Emma's the author of a kick-ass, wild-centered cookbook called Feast By Firelight. She's been a Food Network Star, opened a hotel in Nicaragua and successfully navigated a global pandemic with two kids under 5. Find Emma at emmafrisch.com
In this episode, Joe and Mark talk about SCHOOL, Joe's international piece of living art, rooted in blown-glass wild salmon and steelhead. Joseph Rossano is a multidisciplinary artist, environmentalist and outdoorsman. His work explores themes of natural history, extinction, taxonomy, DNA, and conservation, in the genres of assemblage and installation art.
April Bencze is a brilliant photographer, writer and visionary who lives on Gilford Island, British Columbia. Do yourself a kindness and take an hour to listen to April talk about hunting at night, underwater, with a wild Pacific Octopus; Being as opposed to always Doing; healing our trauma in the Wild; and that moment when life transforms from gray-scale to color.
Based in Juneau, Chris has been with Rivers Without Borders since 2001. He has worked on environmental issues for over 25 years in Washington, Montana and Alaska, including nuclear weapons testing, Columbia River dams and salmon, forest campaigns and transboundary issues. Chris engages tribes, commercial fishermen and communities advancing watershed conservation. In this episode, Chris and Mark take a deep dive into the Tulsequah Chief Mine controversy above Alaska’s Taku River watershed. There are multiple transboundary mines threatening wild salmon rivers in Southeast Alaska and BC. This one would set a major precedent.
Richard Chalyee Eésh Peterson is the 4-term President of the Tlingit and Haida Council in Southeast Alaska. On today’s episode Mark and Richard talk about perseverance and resilience in the face of fear; real accountability & transformation; and of course, wild salmon. Richard is a stalwart leader and a brings hope in saving the things we love through his own deeply personal story of transformation.
If elected, Colleen would become the first Indigenous Woman to lead the city of Seattle, the only American city named after an Indigenous leader, Chief Sealth. On today's SWYL podcast, she expounds on Seattle's Homeless Crisis; accountability by police and citizens alike and leadership rooted in indigenous wisdom.
Ray Hilborn is a Volvo Environmental Prize Winner; author of six books on sustainable fisheries and is one of the principle scientists operating the Alaska Salmon Program for the University of Washington in Bristol Bay. Ray and Mark break down the new Seaspiracy Netflix documentary, challenging the idea that there is no such thing as a sustainable fishery.
Ray Troll is an American artist. Ray’s work has been described as “scientific surrealism” a label that he’s okay with. He’s widely recognized for his obsessively detailed scientifically accurate artwork along with his offbeat, quirky sense of humor. Ray draws his whimsical inspiration from extensive field work, the latest scientific discoveries, & brings a street-smart, tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology and paleontology. You can do a deep dive with Ray on his podcast, Paleo Nerds.
Melanie Brown is a 5th generation Bristol Bay fisherman. She has been working on the campaign to protect Bristol Bay for decades. She has traveled all over the country together preaching the gospel of wild salmon and Bristol Bay. In this episode, Melanie shares that story.
Daniel Schindler has spent decades studying salmon in the Bristol Bay watershed. He’s a professor of fisheries sciences at the University of Washington. His research seeks to understand the causes and consequences of ecosystem dynamics. Of particular interest are the effects of changing climate on the feeding interactions between different animals, fisheries as large-scale drivers of ecosystem organization, the importance of anadromous fishes for linking ocean ecosystems to coastal aquatic and river systems, and the importance of aquatic-terrestrial coupling in ecosystem organization.