If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Best of 2008/2009: Helen Thomas on the 2008 election, the media and George W. Bush, and nuclear near-misses



This week, we feature a repeat of Dr. Caldicott’s October 20, 2008 interview with Helen Thomas, the respected journalist who served for 57 years as a correspondent and later, as White House bureau chief for United Press International. In 2000, Helen Thomas became a columnist at the Hearst News Service, until her retirement in June 2010 in the wake of her comments about the Israeli/Palestinian situation. Read Ralph Nader’s June 16 article A Deep Regard for People’s Right to Know: The Scourging of Helen Thomas. Thomas wrote four books including Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public. In 2007, she laid the blame on President Bush for launching the Iraq War as his “war of choice” and lamented that the “gutless-wonder Congress doesn’t have the courage to do what it needs to do” to end the war. The last quarter of the show is an excerpt of Dr. Caldicott’s October 2008 presentation to Canadian medical professionals about nuclear power and the effects of global warming. She recommends reading the downloadable report Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free, A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007).

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