Archive for February, 2006

An Interview with the Controversial Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute

February 27th, 2006

This week co-host Daphne Wysham interviews Dr. James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute and a respected climate scientist. Dr. Hansen has been calling attention to the clear, irrefutable signs of global warming, and recently made headlines when he revealed that The Administration was attempting to gag him. Dr. Hansen will discuss the current state of climate science as well as the muzzling of climate scientists within various US government agencies.

Daphne’s interview will also feature Tom Devine, legal director of the Government Accountability Project, and a leading protector of whistle-blowers. Tom has directly represented, diagnosed or supervised over 2,000 cases of government or corporate “whistleblowers”, during which he testified before Congress more than 50 times.

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For more information on these issues, visit:
Whistleblower.org

During the show, Tom Devine referenced bills S494 and HR 1317, which are designed to protect whistleblowers.

Study Links 700 Deaths Yearly to Md. Power Plants

February 20th, 2006

Mike Tidwell interviews a representative of the Maryland Nurses Association, which commissioned the study released this past week directly linking the state’s power plants to 700 deaths a year.

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For more on this issue, see the Washington Post’s coverage.

EARTHBEAT SPECIAL REPORT:

February 17th, 2006

As a follow-up to our show detailing the government’s covert spying on US citizens, Daphne Wysham interviews NSA expert James Bamford. Jim is the author of several books including the first book ever written about the National Security Agency called “The Puzzle Palace : Inside America’s Most Secret Intelligence Organization.” He is also author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency; and most recently, “A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America’s Intelligence Agencies”.

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Interview with Author of The Heat is On

February 14th, 2006

[2/14/06] This week’s Earthbeat show features Ross Gelbspan, former Boston Globe reporter and author of “The Heat is On” and “Boiling Point”. Ross’s books are a clarion wake-up call regarding global warming, its environmental impact and the political cover-up that is hiding the truth from the American public.

Ross Gelbspan retired recently after a 31-year career in journalism. As special projects editor of The Boston Globe, he conceived, directed and edited a series of articles that won a Pulitzer Prize.

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The “Union’s” Mistaken Direction on Oil and Maryland’s Clean Air Act

February 7th, 2006

[February 7, 2006] This week on Earthbeat, co-host Mike Tidwell takes the President to task for his misguided remarks on our country’s oil dependence in his recent State of the Union address. Also, Mike reveals the very unholy alliance between the region’s largest energy supplier, Constellation Energy, and the Maryland Dept. of the Environment. He reveals how this powerful corporation has colluded with the governmental body to undermine Maryland’s Healthy Air Act. [A recent study by MaryPIRG found that Maryland's cities were among the most polluted in the country in regards to air quality.] Guests include Brad Heavner, State Director for MaryPIRG.

During the second half of the hour, Mike interviews guest Diana Dascalu of the Cheasapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) on the Virginia Clean Electric bill [Mike is the Director of CCAN]

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