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Chasing Leads

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We started reporting for this season of Offshore last June, but we’re still chasing down leads and new developments. It’s been a busy few weeks for us. Which means we’re going to be publishing Episode 6 on Monday, May 18.

In the meantime, we wanted to share a poem with you by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. She’s from the Marshall Islands, and you’ll be hearing more from her in upcoming episodes. You can find more of Kathy’s work at kathyjetnilkijiner.com.

If you have thoughts on this season, or have a tip to share, email us at producer@offshorepodcast.org.

 

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