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Episode 92:
Oil, Water

Jul 14, 2016

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*Great stuff in the Cleveland Plain Dealer from waaaaaay back to fire #1, if you want to dive in.
* Found Jonathan Joseph Wlasiuk’s dissertation, Refining Nature (etc.) quite helpful in sorting out the early days of the Rockefeller refineries.
* If you want to know more about the complicated relationship of Cleveland and the ’69 fire and the passage of the Clean Water Act, seek out Jonathan H. Adler’s article (and R.E.M. nod), Fables of the Cuyahoga: Reconstructing a History of Environmental Protection.
* I also want to shout out The Killer in the Attic, and More True Tales of Crime and Disaster from Cleveland’s Past, by John Stark Bellamy II, which does a great job with the river fires.

* Start off with Lacrymae, from Melodium.
* Go to a chopped up Fables, by Girls in Airports.
* Finish off with the eternal Sunflower River Blues by John Fahey.

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5 Comments on Oil, Water

  1. Sarah says:

    Nate – I grew up in NE Ohio and lived in Cleveland for 10 years and thought you should know that Cuyahoga is pronounced so the Cuy syllable rhymes with Guy or Sky.

  2. kate says:

    This is an awesome story. But as a clevelander, I cringe at the pronunciation of cuyahoga. It should sound like this: KY-a-hoga. First syllable rhymes with guy.

    I love this river though, and this story.

  3. Jacob N says:

    Hey Nate and the gang, I never cease to be enthralled, and joyed, saddened and made wiser by your work all withing about 10 minutes so thank you for what you all do. A brief question, what is the music that plays over the closing credits? I cannot seem to find it credited. Thank you!

  4. David VanAntwerp says:

    Hi Nate. Just wanted to thank you for another wonderful story. I’ve been checking out your podcast for about 6 months now. Listening to the stories and the way that you tell them is almost like a form of meditation for me. You never disappoint. Thanks again.

  5. Jill says:

    Thanks for all the good work. Good story. Never forget.