If You Love This Planet

If You Love This Planet with Dr. Helen Caldicott delivers an hour each week of in-depth discussion about urgent planetary survival issues such as global warming, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, deforestation, toxic pollution, ozone depletion, hunger and poverty, and species extinction. Each program features one major topic, allowing for an extended conversation with our guest or guests.

For over 35 years, Dr. Caldicott has helped galvanize awareness of the risks of nuclear technology and global environmental collapse. Her work with Physicians for Social Responsibility organized thousands of doctors to teach the public about the medical implications of nuclear war and nuclear power. She helped motivate the U.S. public to demand a nuclear freeze initiative in the 1980s. Dr. Caldicott has written seven books about nuclear and ecological issues. She has received the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Most recently, Dr. Caldicott was president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank (now Beyond Nuclear).

Dr. Caldicott has had a high profile in American radio since the late 1970s, with her speeches and interviews played frequently on national airwaves. From 1995 to 1997, she hosted a weekly radio talk show on WBAI in New York City. She hosted the 13-part series, A Passion for Survival (2002) and a six-part radio series based on her book, The New Nuclear Danger (2004) for Pacifica Radio.

Episode Archive

If You Love This Planet on 04/20/09

Air date: 
Mon, 04/20/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Instead of If You Love This Planet today we will hear Law and Disorder with host Michael Ratner.

The first topic on the show, "Mumia Exception: Supreme Court Denies Appeal For Mumia Abu-Jama," features an interview with Linn Washington, an Associate Professor of Journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia and a weekly columnist for The Philadelphia Tribune – America’s oldest black owned newspaper. He has reported on the Abu-Jamal case for nearly thirty years.

Later we'll hear "Michael Kuzma, attorney for Leonard Peltier. with his attorney Michael Kuzma.

If You Love This Planet on 04/13/09

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Mon, 04/13/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Dr Helen Caldicott addresses the growing anti-vaccine movement in the United States and across the world, and the claim that vaccines used to immunise children against infectious diseases can lead to autism.

She speaks with Dr Paul Offit, a national expert on vaccines who has written a book in response to the anti-vaccine movement titled Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine and the Search for a Cure, published by Columbia University Press in 2008.

If You Love This Planet on 04/06/09

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Mon, 04/06/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Robert Sheer is a respected journalist and author, and is currently the editor in chief of Truthdig.com, an award winning political blog. In this interview with Dr Helen Caldicott he discusses the political climate in the US against the backdrop of economic crisis and a new White House administration. Sheer also talks about the military-industrial complex over the couse of his career, and describes his latest book, The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America, published by Twelve in 2008. 

If You Love This Planet on 03/30/09

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Mon, 03/30/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The guest is Jeff Cohen, media critic and founding director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College in the state of New York. He has been a TV commentator at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and was senior producer of Phil Donahue primetime show until it was terminated three weeks before the Iraq invasion - for political reasons.

In this interview with Dr Caldicott, Jeff describes the media environment at the beginning of the current Iraq conflict, and explains how independent journalists and bloggers has become major players in todays multimedia landscape.

If You Love This Planet on 03/23/09

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Mon, 03/23/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Mary Olson, Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) talks about the nuclear 'renaissance' in the United States, including the push for the flawed Generation IV reactors.

If You Love This Planet on 03/16/09

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Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. Oliver Fein, a practicing general internist with experience in health policy and a commitment to access to care for vulnerable populations, health system reform and global health education. He is currently Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health and Associate Dean at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
In this interview he talks about his role as President of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and outlines their proposal for a 'one payer' system for health care in the United States.

If You Love This Planet on 03/09/09

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Mon, 03/09/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

The Weaponization of Space with Craig Eisendrath

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews author and former diplomat Craig Eisendrath about the weaponization of space. Caldicott and Eisendrath collaborated on the book, War in Heaven: The Arms Race in Outer Space, published by THe New Press in 2007.

If You Love This Planet on 03/02/09

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Mon, 03/02/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am


Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Dr. Marcia Angell about drug companies.

What influence do pharmaceutical companies have on medical professionals and the health industry in the US?
This is the topic addressed by author Dr Marcia Angell in her book The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, published in 2004 by Random House.

Angell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In this important interview with Helen Caldicott she explains how drug companies propagate the myth that they are 'educational institutions', and explores the topics of medical ethics, health policy and the relationship between industry and academic medicine.

If You Love This Planet

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Mon, 02/16/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm


Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with award-winning environmental writer Jonathan Schell.

If You Love This Planet on 02/09/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/09/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Dr. Helen Caldicott joins Arjun Makhijani, President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, at a public lecture in Washington D.C.  Dr. Makhijani has completed a study called "Carbon Free and Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy." They discuss the folly of nuclear power and the future of renewable enery sources.


Just heard your lecture -

Just heard your lecture - most of it.
I am extrememly impressed with the depth of knowledge made easily
understandable. Almost every sentence reveals something even more awful than
the one before.

I live in England and wonder if Dr Caldicott has ever given lectures there or if she
will be coming again. If so I would be interested in attending and getting more people
to come.

navy experiments off northwest US coast

What's going on with this? It's all over the planet waves website, I subscribe to.


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