Gerry Pollet of Heart of America NW joins Abe to discuss the latest on the Hanford nuclear site.
Since its birth during the Manhattan Project, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has left a toxic legacy in its wake, from displaced populations to groundwater contamination to radiation in the Columbia River. Now, the U.S Department of Energy has proposed a "cleanup plan" that abandons large amounts of plutonium and other toxins at the site, and is even proposing using Hanford as a nationwide toxics disposal site.
Join us this month on The Digital Divide. Today we'll hear a TED talk by bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe. He'll describe an astonishing series of recent bio-engineering experiments, from hybrid pets to mice that grow human ears. And he asks: isn't it time to set some ground rules? You can go to the KBOO website and not only listen online but watch the original TED video. If you hate seeing animals and insects being tortured and experimented on, don't watch.
Robert Weissman points out it is still possible for government-owned companies like GM to be directed toward producing public goods, like mass-transit. Rob also suggests that there's no reason the government couldn't operate a publically-owned bank through Citi-group and not rip people off or use other predatory practices. If anything, this would, like unions, put pressure on the private sector to change. Then there is how the government could encourage sustainable development by investing in key industries for the public good (like green energy, high-speed rail and others). Rob points out how Texas is one of the leading producers of wind-power because of State-level investment.
Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey discuss the role of technology in modern society and the effect it has had on personal connections.
In light of the recent death of Gil Scott-Heron, Celeste Carey asks: Do we respond anymore to the meaningful exchange we had with protest singers when we heard their songs? Has Tweeting in the digital age replaced it and is it as effective?
Inspired by Arwyn Arising's blog 'Raising My Boychick' (http://www.raisingmyboychick.com/) Cecil Prescod discusses gender roles, the idea of gender assignment, and raising a child without an imposed gender.
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Portland writer, television host and robotics engineer Daniel Wilson, author of the technothriller "Robopocalypse," which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.
Wilson has an M.S. and P.H.D. in Robotics, and an M.S. in Machine Learning. His other books include the 2005 book "How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion," "Where's My Jetpack?: A Guide to the Amazing Science Fiction Future That Never Arrived," "How To Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending Planet Earth Against Aliens, Ninjas, and Zombies," and "The Mad Scientist Hall of Fame: Muwahahaha!"
Mr. President: With Joe on leave, Abe looks at the 7-decade growth of executive power in the U.S.
It's been nearly 70 years since the U.S. Congress has declared war. The current administration has enshrined anddeepened the surveillance state first ushered in under the auspices of the Cold War and the War on Drugs, and then imposed under G.W. Bush's War on Terror. Once-inviolable rights to counsel, swift trial, due process, security from search and seizure, and habeas corpus have been rendered insubstantial.
Brian of voices for creative non-violence describes the surreal and no less traumatic situation where drone-pilots operate their weapons from thousands of miles away while soaking up more of the bloody imagery. Brian argues that drone warfare is prefered because it makes war low-profile and seemingly cleann. When the drones can be deployed without judicial oversight to execute anyone the President orders, the nature of international law is made just as precarious. Brian also suspects the drones are making war more likely by lowering the cost for war, making it easier to chose war.