Environment

Arjun Makhijani on the Nuclear Power Fiasco

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 03/03/2009

Thirty years ago this country's nuclear program came to a halt after the disasterous accident and meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Pennsylvania. Since then we are still debating how to safely store in perpetuity countless tons of high level radioactive waste that is the legacy of this program that once promised "energy too cheap to meter," but resulted in massive cost-overuns and environmental hazards. So why has the nuclear option returned to the table as we look for alternatives to carbon emitting climate changing fossil fuels? What forgotten lessons of the 1970s do we need to remember? Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, for a discussion about why nuclear power is no better an idea now than it was thirty years. We also talk about who is promoting nuclear power and why

52:57 minutes (24.24 MB)

Old Mole Variety Hour for March 2, 2009

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Sun, 03/01/2009

Hosted by Clayton Morgareidge, this program focuses on opportunities to shape what's ahead in the Obama years.  We hear from labor journalist Sam Pizzigati about the promise of the President's budget proposal; from Environmentalist Mary Wood about what we must do to keep the atomosphere safe for living things; from Book Mole Larry Bowlden about new stories and poems from Grace Paley and John Nichols; and from Clayton about progressive politics as grounded in the brain. 

To hear the whole show, use the arrow at the top of this page.  To listen to individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The Obama Budget: Bill Resnick and Sam Pizzigati

54:56 minutes (31.44 MB)

Politics of Climate Change

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Sun, 03/01/2009

To save the planet, what do we have to do and how soon do we have to do it?  What can citiizens do to keep the CO2 levels in the atmosphere below the tipping point -- where it might be too late?  Enviornmental Law Professor Mary Wood says we must all act now.  She talks with the Old Mole's Laurie Mercier about specific actions we can (and must) take.  Wood is the author of Nature's Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations; and The Dawn of Planetary Patriotism: A Citizens' Call to Climate Defense, co-authored with Heather A. Brinton.

18:32 minutes (10.61 MB)

Alternative Radio on 03/04/09

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Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Nena Baker - The Body Toxic (lecture)
More than 4 decades ago Rachel Carson, in "Silent Spring," first warned that man-made chemicals were taking a deadly toll on birds and wildlife. Now we are recognizing that chemicals are effecting human
sexual development and reproduction and can cause central nervous system diseases, cancer, and liver disease. Everyone is carrying a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of industry
that contribute to a host of health problems in ways just now being understood. These toxic substances, unknown to previous generations, accumulate in our fat, bones, blood, and organs as a consequence of womb-to-tomb exposure. Almost everything we encounter-from soap to soup cans and computers to clothing-contributes to a chemical load unique to each of us. Scientists refer to it as "chemical body burden." Chemical companies would rather consumers never knew about the potential dangers their products pose.

Nena Baker is a former staff writer for "The Arizona Republic," "The Oregonian," and United Press International. Her award-winning investigation of Nike's Indonesian factories led to numerous improvements for workers. She is the author of "The Body Toxic."

Locus Focus

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 03/04/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Nuclear energy, long discredited as a dangerous and costly source of power, is now being ressurected

Thirty years ago this country's nuclear program came to a halt after the disasterous accident and meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear facility in Pennsylvania. Since then we are still debating how to safely store in perpetuity countless tons of high level radioactive waste that is the legacy of this program that once promised "energy too cheap to meter," but resulted in massive cost-overuns and environmental hazards. So why has the nuclear option returned to the table as we look for alternatives to carbon emitting climate changing fossil fuels? What forgotten lessons of the 1970s do we need to remember?

Flashpoints on 03/03/09

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Flashpoints
Air date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Coverage of yesterday's mass act of civil disobience in Washington D.C. advocating environmental awareness.

Air Cascadia, 2/27/2009

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Air Cascadia
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Thu, 02/26/2009

Liam Delta hosts.

14:25 minutes (13.2 MB)

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.

Air Cascadia on 03/02/09

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Air Cascadia
Air date: 
Mon, 03/02/2009 - 10:00am - 10:15am

Air Cascadia moves to 10AM today. Chris Andreae will have more voices from the Organicology Conference.

Radiozine on 02/27/09

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Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 02/27/2009 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Jeff Albert, one of the founders of The Aquaya Institute about "Freshwater Scarcity and Its Effect on the Struggle for Arab-Israeli Peace." Jeff Albert, PhD, is a water resource specialist.  Jeff is a 2005 recipient of EPA's Bronze Medal for his work on drinking water in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Between 1998 and 2001, Albert worked at the Israeli Water Commission, the agency with prime responsibility for water allocation.
Brit Tzedek v’Shalom/Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace will be hosting a forum on "The Politics of Water in the Twenty First Century in the Middle East & the Third World," on Sunday, March 1, 2009 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Congregation Shir Tikvah/Bridgeport UCC, 621 NE 76th, Portland. Jeff Albert is one of the speakers.

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