Here are links to documentaries, recorded presentations, articles, and interviews with Emanuel.  They cover a wide range of topics, including rivers and wetlands, coastal salinization, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, energy and climate policy, and more.

Recent Newspaper and Magazine Coverage

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

“America has never cared about sacred sites” New Republic, Nick A. Martin, January 8, 2020

“Federal agencies are required to consult with tribes about pipelines. They often don’t” Grist, Naveena Sadasivam, January 2, 2020

“A (proposed) pipeline runs through it” Grist/bioGraphic, Lyndsey Gilpin, December 3, 2019

“The next Standing Rock is everywhere” New Republic, Nick A. Martin, October 7, 2019

“In North Carolina, novel legal maneuver deployed against Atlantic Coast Pipeline” Energy News Network, Elizabeth Ouzts, August 21, 2019

“Several members of Lumbee tribe, climate coalition ask DEQ to revoke Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit; EPA proposes to clamp down on states’ authority” Progressive Pulse, Lisa Sorg, August 15, 2019

“Interview with Scholar and Indigenous Rights Activist Ryan Emanuel” Duke Today / Duke Human Rights Center, Miranda Gershoni, March 5, 2019

“Robeson County activists challenge Atlantic Coast Pipeline” The Daily Tarheel, Henry Haney, October 8, 2018


Documentary Film and Television

It’s a Greens Thing (Somewhere South, PBS, 2020):At the Lumbee tribe’s annual homecoming, Vivian samples their famous collard sandwich and learns the roots of Southern hospitality. Vivian paddles the Lumbee River with Ryan, who discusses the river's significance for Indigenous peoples.

The Seeds of Ghost Forests (Science Friday, 2019): Lining the coasts of North Carolina are wooden tombstones. These naked, gray stalks are what’s left of the trees that once stood there. Collaborator Emily Bernhardt discusses on Science Friday's national radio broadcast.

Robeson Rises (Green Hero Films, 2018): As the Atlantic Coast Pipeline threatens to disrupt communities and ecosystems across North Carolina, a group of diverse activists rises up to challenge construction. Best short documentary 2018 Indigo Moon Film Festival!

Exploring North Carolina (UNC-TV, 2014): Blackwater rivers carry tea-colored water across North Carolina's Coastal Plain. Host Tom Earnhardt interviews Ryan and others about these beautiful waterways.


Academic and Technical Presentations


Duke Human Rights Center (March 2019): John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University

Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium (May 2018): Northwest Indian College, Lummi Nation

University Consortium for Atmospheric Research, Congressional Briefing (September 2016): Washington, DC


Universities Council on Water Resources (April 2018:) Webinar Series


Radio Interviews


Native America Calling (March 2019)
What’s in the Green New Deal for Native nations?

A Public Affair, WORT (October 2018)
Indigenous Peoples' Day discussion with Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery

American Indian Airwaves, KPFK Los Angeles (September 2018)
North Carolina Tribes recover from Hurricane Florence



The State of Things, WUNC (August 2018)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hits New Roadblock

The State of Things, WUNC (January 2018)
North Carolina Grants Key Permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

American Indian Airwaves, KPFK Los Angeles (January 2018)
Federal Government Continues to Ignore Tribal Nations in Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permitting


The State of Things, WUNC (October 2017)
Contrary To Original Plan, Atlantic Coast Pipeline May Extend Beyond North Carolina
Featured in WUNC's Producers' Picks, a selection of favorite conversations from 2017.

Native America Calling (September 2017)
On the Defense Against Environmental Policy

The Dirt, WHSA (August 2017)
Native Communities Threatened by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline


The State of Things, WUNC (July 2017)
Are Native Communities Being Overlooked In Atlantic Coast Pipeline Process?

Other Interviews

Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (2018)

Duke Human Rights Center (2019)