If You Love This Planet, Dr. Helen Caldicott

Best of 2008/2009: Lily Tomlin on the “distressing” state of America and the sport of war


If You Love This Planet continues to replay some of our most popular programs through February 2010, as well as offering some new episodes. In March 2010, If You Love This Planet will start a whole new season of programs. Here is Dr. Caldicott’s August 25, 2008 interview with Lily Tomlin, one of America’s most loved writers, comediennes and actresses. Tomlin talks with her long-time friend Dr. Caldicott about the political climate in the U.S. and her sense of desperation about the direction the U.S. administration was taking under then-President George W. Bush. Most of the conversation is still relevant as President Obama continues many of his predecessor’s foreign and domestic policies. Tomlin reminisces about her experiences in the peace movement after meeting Dr. Caldicott, and describes her childhood and early creative influences in Detroit, Michigan. Tomlin is one of the featured commentators / bloggers on The Women on the Web, “A New Way for Women to Talk Culture, Politics & Gossip.”

Relevant to this discussion with Ms. Tomlin are Chris Hedges’s 2009 article Liberals Are Useless and his 2010 article The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See. Also check out Amy Goodman’s February 5 interview with authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols on their book “The Death and Life of American Journalism.” Read the articles ‘Peace Prize’ President Submits Largest War Budget Ever; Wars Sending US into Ruin; Don’t Call It a ‘Defense’ Budget; Legacy of War: Iraq Littered With High Levels of Nuclear and Dioxin Contamination, Study Finds; Remember the Illegal Destruction of Iraq?; Pentagon to Increase Stock of High-Altitude Drones; Violence Against Women Is a Global Struggle; Fox Most Trusted News Channel in US, Poll Shows; Apocalypse Fatigue: Losing the Public on Climate Change; Seniors Wait on Care, Grow Sicker as Copays Rise; and US Households Struggle to Afford Food: Survey. And see Dr. Caldicott’s February 2, 2010 article How Did an Idealistic President Become a Champion of Nuclear Power and By Default, Weapons Proliferation?

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