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Archive for December, 2010

Antony Loewenstein on the campaign to defend WikiLeaks and the crucial importance of the Internet in exposing truth

Monday, December 27th, 2010


Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein

Dr. Caldicott interviews Antony Loewenstein, a Sydney-based journalist who has written for publications around the world, including the Guardian, Haaretz, The Nation, Sydney Morning Herald and many others. He is a media spokesman for the campaign to defend Wikileaks, and discusses Julian Assange’s background. Loewenstein’s 2009 bestselling book My Israel Question is a dissenting Jewish view on the Israel/Palestine conflict. His 2008 book The Blogging Revolution is about the internet in repressive regimes. He is currently working on a book about disaster capitalism in Australia and across the world. For more, listen to
Dr. Caldicott’s 2009 interview with Loewenstein

Diane Curran on the legal aspects of nuclear safety and regulation

Monday, December 20th, 2010


Diane Curran (Julie Wiatt, Takoma Voice)

Diane Curran (Julie Wiatt, Takoma Voice)

On the program this week, Dr. Caldicott talks with Diane Curran, an environmental laywer based in Washington, D.C. Since 1981, Curran has represented citizen groups, state and local governments, and individuals in a wide range of licensing and enforcement cases relating to nuclear power plants, factories, and waste storage and disposal sites. A nationally recognized expert in the field of nuclear safety and security regulation, Curran has litigated the requirements of the Atomic Energy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and other public safety and environmental protection laws before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and in the federal courts. Curran’s current and former clients include the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace, who won a ground-breaking U.S. Court of Appeals decision requiring the NRC to consider the environmental impacts of intentional attacks on a proposed spent fuel storage facility.

Best of 2009/2010: Andrew Nikiforuk on tar-sands oil-mining and its terrible global and regional environmental impacts

Monday, December 13th, 2010


Andrew Nikiforuk

Andrew Nikiforuk

This week, a repeat of Dr. Caldicott’s October 12, 2009 interview with award-winning journalist and author Andrew Nikiforuk. Nikiforuk discusses his recent book: The Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of the Continent, published by D&M Publishers and winner of the 2009 Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award. He is also the author of a novel called Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil. For the last two decades, Nikiforuk has written about energy, economics and the West for a variety of Canadian publications, and received seven National Magazine Awards from the Association of Canadian Journalists. The development and exploitation of (more…)

Best of 2010: Dr. Janette Sherman on the true magnitude of the Chernobyl meltdown and the staggering health effects of nuclear radiation

Monday, December 6th, 2010


Janette Sherman, M.D.

Dr. Janette Sherman

This week, we hear a repeat of Dr Caldicott’s May 17 program featuring an interview with Janette D. Sherman, M.D. on the long-term effects of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown. Dr. Sherman has recently completed the translation and editing of the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and Nature, published by the New York Academy of Sciences in December 2009, which indicates that nearly one million people were killed by the Chernobyl disaster. Download and read the book for free by following the instructions on this page. Dr. Sherman has been an advisor to the National Cancer Institute on breast cancer and to the EPA on pesticides. She is a resource person and speaker for universities and health advocacy groups concerning cancer, birth defects, pesticides, toxic dumpsites, and nuclear radiation. Dr. Sherman is a specialist in internal medicine and toxicology. She has published more than 70 articles in the scientific literature and also writes for the popular press to provide information to the concerned public. She is the author of Life’s Delicate Balance: Causes and Prevention of Breast Cancer, and Chemical Exposure and Disease. As background for this interview, read the article Chernobyl Radiation Killed Nearly One Million People: New Book. And read the review by Dr. Rosalie Bertell, Ph.D. of the Chernobyl book.