Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Special Fukushima Nuclear Broadcast

April 8th, 2011


A special broadcast – produced in association with Pacifica producers – on nuclear power: looking back at our history through the eyes of prominent musicians, during a 2007 interview – Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and anti-nuclear activist, Harvey Wasserman.

Then a simple explanation of what went wrong in Fukushima by Japanese American physicist, and Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York Dr. Michiu Kaku.

And, finally, nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen and Beyond Nuclear activist Kevin Kamps discuss the crisis in Japan and what it means for North America.

Music for this edition of Earthbeat includes ‘Neighborhood #3 by Arcade Fire. Our theme music is “Baladi” by Tony Anka, Bellydance Superstars vol. 2.

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Election Review, Big Wins Against Geoengineering & Giving Kids Their Say

November 10th, 2010

President Obama called the midterm elections a ‘shellacking’ for Democrats. The leader of the Friends of the Earth, Erich Pica joins host Daphne Wysham for a discussion on how the new Congress will lean on climate change and environmental protections.

In a landmark consensus decision, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity agreed on a moratorium on geoengineering. The agreement asks governments to ensure that no geoengineering projects go forward until risks to the environment and biodiversity, as well as social, cultural and economic impacts are considered. Pat Mooney, the executive director of the ETC Group joins us to discuss the moratorium and to address recent actions by some corporations to push forward ‘terminator seeds’ – genetically engineered seeds with a built in expiration date.

Then, we look at climate change through the eyes of children. Renowned author Lynne Cherry joins us to discuss her latest book, ‘How We Know, What We Know About Our Changing Climate,” the basis for her film series, “Young Voices on Climate Change” about children around the world making a difference.

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BP’s Billion-Dollar Deal, Toxic Infants and ‘The Bag Monster’

September 7th, 2010

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The Feds set up a $20 (B) billion dollar trust with BP to clean up the massive oil disaster the Gulf. Tyson Slocum of Public Citizen and Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones Magazine join host Daphne Wysham to discuss the fund, and its limitations.

Infants are born ‘pre-loaded’ with over 300 chemicals in their blood, that’s according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group. EWG senior researcher Jane Houlihan discusses toxic chemicals like BPA and tells us how to protect ourselves and our children.

Then, The Bag Monster attacks our studios. Andy Keller, aka The Bag Monster, comes into our studios to discuss the thousands of plastic shopping bags that pollute waterways and greenspaces. Joining the Bag Monster to discuss plastic bag pollution – and the failure of a ban on plastic bags in the California state legislature is Bryan Early of Californians Against Waste.


Image : The Bag Monster invades St. Louis, copyright Andy Keller

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Story of Stuff

August 25th, 2009

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A funny — and historically accurate — history of all our stuff. In this rebroadcast we speak to Annie Leonard, the woman behind the short film The Story of Stuff.

Host Daphne Wysham then speaks to Economic Hit Man John Perkins about how he undermined the financial systems of developing countries on behalf of the US Government. Then we’ll get a grip on this world gone mad with Frances Moore Lappe, the author of ‘Diet for a Small Planet.’ She discusses her latest work, Getting a Grip.

Music used in this edition of Earthbeat is ‘Dollars and Cents’ by Radiohead.

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

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Victory on the Mountain & Dancing ‘Bout Climate Change

March 31st, 2009

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Mountain top removal coal mining is stopped by the Obama Administration and more changes are on the way. Earthbeat host Mike Tidwell discusses mining with JW Randolph, the legislative associate for Appalachian Voices. We hear about the latest about congressional action on climate change with author Joe Romm of the blog Climate Progress.

And then – how modern dance is using climate change is create art that inspires change. We’ll hear from the artistic director of the DC modern dance ensemble CityDance, Paul Gordon Emerson.

Music from this edition of Earthbeat is from The Mountain – composed by Italian composer and scientist Domenico Vicinanza using audio interpretation of volcano activity.

Image from the dance “Butterfly” from CityDance, photo credit – Paul Gordon Emerson.

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