A couple years ago, independent radio producer Estrella Acosta asked me to help produce an hour-long documentary titled Blood Gold and Medicine: Healing Maidu Country.  She had collected hours and hours of interviews chronicling the terrible devastation of the 1849 Gold Gush on the Maidu people, a tribe native to a region northwest of Sacramento, and for me, the fact that a handful of remaining Maidu are working to bring their community back from near annihilation, transformed radio production into an act of conscience; so after four months in the studio, we came up with a compelling hour of audio storytelling.  Click the graphic below to hear part one of Blood, Gold and Medicine: Healing Maidu Country.  Estrella Acosta narrates. (29:00)