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Archive for January, 2011

Best of 2010: Daniel Ellsberg on U.S. foreign policy under Obama and the continuing risk of nuclear war

Monday, January 31st, 2011


Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg

This week, a repeat of Dr. Caldicott’s September 2010 interview with Daniel Ellsberg. In 1959, Ellsberg became a strategic analyst at the RAND Corporation. He was also a consultant to the Defense Department and the White House, specializing in problems of the command and control of nuclear weapons, nuclear war plans, and crisis decision-making. On return to the RAND Corporation in 1967, Ellsberg worked on the top secret McNamara study of U.S. Decision-making in Vietnam, 1945-68, which later came to be known as the Pentagon Papers. In 1971, he gave the Papers to the New York Times, the Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. (more…)

Best of 2010: Dr. John Church on how global warming will raise sea levels and bring more frequent storms

Monday, January 24th, 2011


Dr. John Church

Dr. John Church

This week, we hear a repeat of Dr. Caldicott’s
July 2010 conservation with Dr. John Church, oceanographer and the world’s leading expert on sea-level rise. The two discuss the urgency of global-warming induced sea-level rise we are facing this century. Scientists predict the oceans will rise by 1 meter (over 3 feet) by 2100, displacing up to 140 million people around the world. Dr. Church is a project leader at the Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC) of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. In this program, Dr. Church explains how more frequent storms will create coastal flooding. He (more…)

Bruce Gagnon on fighting the U.S. weaponization of space

Monday, January 17th, 2011


Bruce Gagnon (europeforpeace.eu)

Bruce Gagnon

Dr Caldicott’s guest this week is Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. Between 1983–1998, Gagnon was the State Coordinator of the Florida Coalition for Peace & Justice, and has worked on space issues for 27 years. He is a member of the National Writers Union, his articles have appeared in many publications and writes a popular blog called Organizing Notes. Gagnon initiated the Maine Campaign to Bring Our War $$ Home in 2009 that spread to other New England states, and beyond. This campaign made the important connections between endless war spending and fiscal crisis throughout the U.S. Listen to Dr. Caldicott’s October 2009 interview with Gagnon.

Dr. Avner Cohen on Israel’s nuclear weapons, conditions in the Middle East and nuclear proliferation

Monday, January 10th, 2011


Avner Cohen (daisyalliance.org)

Dr. Avner Cohen (daisyalliance.org)

This week on the program, Dr. Caldicott has a conversation with Dr. Avner Cohen, an internationally recognized author and expert on non-proliferation issues, focusing on the Middle East. Dr. Cohen is a Senior Fellow with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. He is widely known for his path-breaking history of the Israeli nuclear program, and is a consultant to a range of NGOs and governmental agencies. His latest book, The Worst Kept Secret: Israel’s Bargain with the Bomb, was published in October 2010 by Columbia University Press.

Tad Daley on how to remove the threat of nuclear war once and for all

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


Tad Daley (ippnw.org)

Tad Daley (ippnw.org)

Dr. Caldicott talks with Tad Daley, the author of Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, on this week’s program. Daley is the Writing Fellow with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the 1985 Nobel Peace-Prize-winning organization initiated by Physicians for Social Responsibility, which Dr. Caldicott helmed in the 1980’s. He has written for many publications including the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times USA TODAY and blogs such as Huffingtonpost.com, TruthDig.com, AlterNet.org, TruthOut.org, and CommonDreams.org. Read two 2010 articles by Daley: It’s New START — and a small step — Toward a World Without Nukes and The Grand Bargain of the NPT and the Rules of the Nuclear Game Today.