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Wild salmon give their very lives so that life itself can continue. They are the inspiration for each episode asking change-makers in this world what they are doing to save the things they love most. Join filmmaker, Mark Titus as we connect with extraordinary humans saving what they love through radical compassion and meaningful action. Visit for more information.
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In this episode, Mark sits down for a compelling discussion with Indian Law expert, Robert Miller. Bob’s areas of expertise are Federal Indian Law, American Indians and international law, American Indian economic development, Native American natural resources, and Civil Procedure. He is an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe. He is the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar at ASU and the Faculty Director of the Rosette LLP American Indian Economic Development Program at ASU. Bob is the author of Native America, Discovered and Conquered: Thomas Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, and Manifest Destiny, Professor Robert Miller addresses the international legal principle called the Doctrine of Discovery and how that legal rule was used in American history and transformed into the American policy of Manifest Destiny. This show was produced in proud partnership with Magic Canoe. 
Amy Gulick is an award-winning nature photographer and writer. She is the author of celebrated books, The Salmon Way and Salmon In The Trees. This is one of the richest conversations about the deep love, true honor and inherent duty of living in salmon country we've had since we started the podcast. Settle in and enjoy. Proudly partnered with Magic Canoe. Tell your story in salmon country!
#39 - Ashley Koff RD

#39 - Ashley Koff RD


Ashley Koff, RD is Maine based, registered dietician who has seen it all. Ashley started on the other side of the divide with respect to holistic nutrition, in the big Food sales and marketing world. After a suspicious encounter with a goat-milk regimen, Ashley came to the realization that there must be a better way. On this episode, Mark and Ashley dive into this as well as her personal encounters with Bristol Bay and why Bristol Bay sockeye salmon is in fact, the world's perfect food.
Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski spent a good portion of last week in the air, filming the wonder and fury of Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano erupting in Hawaii. They also do things like film with whales, work on projects for Barack and Michelle Obama and make art with Mark on his first two documentaries, The Breach and The Wild. Among other memorable adventures, Todd and Mark spent 4 days in Ketchikan filming time-lapse footage with beloved Alaska artist, Ray Troll as he drew salmon in pen and ink, one inch at a time. Draw. Click. Draw. Click. Ray’s thighs were burning at the end of that shoot.Todd and Leah are a married couple. And they are in business together as partners in their production company, Inflatable Film. They have created so much good work, but perhaps the greatest work so far, is Big Sonia – their feature documentary about Leah’s grandmother, Sonia – a survivor of Auschwitz – who stands at 4’ 9” and packs a wallop of life, love, motivation and wisdom into her tiny frame. On today’s show, Leah and Todd talk about their craft, what it took to complete Big Sonia – and what it took to complete the circle and get distribution on PBS, where Big Sonia is currently playing across the United States until the end of the year.You can follow Leah and Todd @inflatablefilm and @bigsoniamovie on Instagram. Look for Big Sonia on PBS on International Remembrance Day  - January 27th, 2023. Also stay tuned @inflatablefilm for a BIG announcement about Big Sonia and AI - also in January!
#37 - Tom Colicchio

#37 - Tom Colicchio


Creators & Guests Tom Colicchio - Guest Creators & Guests Tom Colicchio - Guest Tom Colicchio was a co-founder of Bravo’s wildly popular, Top Chef reality-tv show. He’s also the chef and owner of Crafted Hospitality, which currently includes New York’s Craft, Temple Court and Vallata; Long Island's Small Batch; Craft Los Angeles; and Heritage Steak and Craftsteak in Las Vegas – and also ‘wichcraft – a premier sandwich and salad joint in New York.  Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Tom made his New York cooking debut at New York restaurants The Quilted Giraffe, Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Tavern before opening Craft in 2001. In an effort to broaden his long-standing activism around food issues, Tom served as an executive producer to his wife, Lori Silverbush’s 2013 documentary “A Place at the Table” about the underlying causes of hunger in the United States. He has been a mainstay in our nation’s capital in the years since. Tom has established himself as the leading “Citizen Chef” advocating for a food system that values access, affordability and nutrition over corporate interests. In 2020, Tom took this to the airwaves with a podcast of his own called, Citizen Chef, which features conversations with lawmakers, journalists and food producers and connects the dots of how our food system really works.In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Tom co-founded the Independent Restaurant Coalition, and was instrumental in the passage of the American Rescue Act. Tom lives in Brooklyn with his wife Lori and their three sons. When he’s not in the kitchen, he can be found tending to his garden on the North Fork of Long Island, enjoying a day of fishing or playing guitar.Final note here today, we're thrilled to be partnering on content and inspiration with the support of The Magic Canoe, another terrific storytelling vehicle here in Salmon Nation. Head over to magic to learn more.
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 Davis and his wife, Cathy moved to the Methow Valley in Washington State and fell in love. Not just with the land, but with the people and the history of this place. That history includes a landscape of hardship for the First People of this valley and the wild salmon who have made the 400-mile journey from the sea back inland here since time immemorial. Phil decided to write a story, with a salmon-eye view about what this journey means. Then he and Cathy went further and led a community effort to build something very special to honor the history, people, salmon and land of this place. Listen to Phil tell the story on this special episode of Save What You 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.This will be the last episode of SWYL for 2021. Thank you for listening. If you are loving the show, the best way to support us is to give it a rating on Apple Podcasts - and to order a subscription of Eva's Wild Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon direct to your door throughout 2022!
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. Today, on Save What You Love, Mark and Tom dig into:~ Tales of resilience through Tom, his staff and the restaurant industry as a whole navigating through Covid over the last 2 years. ~ The sanctity of food provenance.~ Why Bristol Bay?~ Business as activism.~ Building resilient supply chains. ~ Life on the Farm.And much more...
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. You can follow Jenn's work at the Washington Stormwater Center.
On today's episode host, Mark Titus and Joel talk about Joel's work as a film producer and activist. Joel's award-winning film, Sonic Sea tackles the inordinate amount of noise under the water in our oceans that are literally killing marine life, like whales. Joel and Mark also discuss Joel's philosophy and practice in going the distance for huge environmental battles like defending Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.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.Follow Joel's work and get involved at NRDC.
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. Read this article written by Linda, to learn more about her work.
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