Archive for October, 2010

Money, Climate and the Midterm Elections

October 26th, 2010

It’s the final countdown to the midterm elections and already it’s been one for the record books. A record amount of corporate money is flooding into races around the country through secret organizations that hide their donors. Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen joins host Daphne Wysham to discuss the vast sums of corporate money that’s pushing this election season.

A look at how California voters’ decision on Prop 23 could undermine California’s climate change law – it’s a Proposition almost solely supported by three out-of-state oil companies.  Gabe Wisniewski, a climate campaigner with Greenpeace from their San Francisco office, joins the discussion with Danny Kennedy, the founder of the solar energy company Sungevity.

Then, we’ll shine as much light as possible on all the dark corners of this election season – from the US Chamber of Commerce, to the children’s publisher Scholastic with Pete Altman of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

To take action against Scholastic’s union with the Chamber of Commerce – go HERE!

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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BP Oil Disaster – 6 Months Later, by Terry Tempest Williams

October 19th, 2010

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Acclaimed environmental author Terry Tempest Williams joins us to discuss her reporting on the BP oil disaster – and the following cover-up – along America’s Gulf Coast.

Terry spent weeks bearing witness to the devastation that followed the explosion of a deep water oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. In her article for Orion Magazine, Terry shares the stories of people living with the spill’s toxic effects, and trying to make a living in a part of America that many would like to forget.

Terry shares these stories with Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham for the entire hour of this broadcast.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat is by Tab Beniot.

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Cousteau on the BP Oil Spill & Our Ocean Future; Vandana Shiva on Activism & How Mushrooms May Replace Plastics

October 14th, 2010

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Jacques Cousteau “would be heartbroken” at the current state of our world’s oceans, that’s according to Jacques’ oldest son, Jean-Michel Cousteau. Today on Earthbeat host Daphne Wysham speaks to Jean-Michel about the legacy of his famous father and about Jean-Michel’s upcoming film series about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Jean-Michel’s book is titled, My Father, The Captain and he founded the Ocean Futures Society. Jean-Michel is touring the country with the NG Live series.

Environmental pioneer, Vandana Shiva was part of the Chipko movement in India that actually led to the term ‘treehugger.’ She speaks to Daphne about that action in an interview taped in London a in 2007.

Mushrooms could replace our dependence on plastics for packing materials, that’s if product designer Eben Bayer has his way. Eban spoke about his fungus-based material in a TED talk.

Our theme music is Baladi by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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Revolutionary Public Relations – Following the Zapatista’s ‘Handbook’ in Marketing a Movement

October 7th, 2010

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Environmental activists should take a page from the exceptionally persuasive marketing message of Mexico’s Zapatista insurgency, that’s the assertion of Jeff Conant. He’s the author of the book A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency.

Today on Earthbeat, Jeff Conant’s presentation on this unusual media messaging strategy. He spoke recently in Washington, DC in a panel discussion with Manuel Perez-Rocha of the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Support Public Radio – Earthbeat on WPFW

October 5th, 2010

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Put YOUR name on a dollar and pin it on OUR ceiling! Please call 202-588-9739 or 1-800-222-9739 right now and pledge and support Earthbeat on our home station of WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, DC.

Any pledge that comes in between 10 and 11 am East Coast time supports Earthbeat on WPFW at this crucial time. So please pick up the telephone and make one quick telephone call to support climate news and views you won’t hear anywhere else!

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Jeff Conant is the author o A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency.

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