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July 7, 2016  

INDIAN POINT and DIABLO CANYON are two nuclear reactor names that strike fear in the hearts of anyone who knows about atomic power.  We discuss the two reactors north of New York City with MANNA JO GREEN (Clearwater), GARY SHAW (IPSEC) and KEVIN KAMPS (Beyond Nuclear). These long-term activists and experts are dedicated to shutting the two nukes irradiating the Hudson River. They outline the critical deterioration threatening the future of these aging, uneconomical reactors.

We are then joined by ROCHELLE BECKER of California’s Alliance 4 Nuclear Responsibility who describes the landmark new deal cut between PG&E, the unions and environmental groups to shut the two nukes at Diablo Canyon by 2025.  This complex multi-faceted agreement calls for a 100% conversion to renewable energy, a “retain and retrain” program for the plant’s workers, and a definitive death date in 9 years.  A wide range of issues have arisen amongst those of us demanding an immediate shutdown of these decayed, deteriorating and deadly reactors.  Lets figure out how to get them down...

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June 30, 2016  

Smart Alec and Diablo Canyon are with us today in Solartopia.

We begin with Matthew Cardinale who has formed a new progressive campaign for human legislation aimed at countering the horrific Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council. The Koch’s ALEC has polluted our government since the 1970s with a heavily funded flood of bad bills aimed at enthroning the rich and powerful. They have now issued a “cease and desist” letter to Cardinale demanding his Smart Alec stop trying to pass legislation that might actually serve democracy. This is a fun and informative conversation.

We’re then joined by Linda Seeley and Myla Reson to talk about the horrific decision by California’s State Lands Commission to not require an Environmental Impact Report at Diablo Canyon. The report is required under the California Environmental Quality Act. Myla and Linda are long-time activists devoted to shutting this horrendous atomic reactor complex upwind of Los Angeles. On Tuesday, June 28, the Lands Commission hearing resulted in a unanimous vote taken as a kick in the teeth by those wanting Diablo shut ASAP. Myla and Linda give us the inside story.

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June 23, 2016  

The Diablo Canyon Nuke will shut and we are honored to talk about it with three great players in this amazing success for citizen activism.  

Jim Riccio of Greenpeace USA gives us the perspective of a world-class safe energy campaigner on the global stage. Linda Seeley of the San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace tells us what’s happening on the local level with one of the most powerful and persistent of all our grassroots groups. Ace Hoffman fills us in from the backyard of San Onofre, which he has helped to shut, and whose epic struggles with massive debt and unmanageable wastes continue unabated.

Together we vet the Diablo shutdown agreement. We start with PG&E’s admission that all Diablo’s power can be got from renewable. We explore the landmark deal that’s been cut with organized labor and we emphasize the reality that this agreement has been pioneered by environmental groups whose commitment to a green-powered Earth is unshaken.

For an in-depth look at the most important step yet taken toward end nuke power and winning a Solartopian future, don’t miss this show. 

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June 16, 2016  

Solartopia is home to two great activists, David Swanson and Linda Seeley who are fighting against war and the Diablo Canyon nuke.

David starts with his World Beyond War perspectives on military madness and the fact that nearly all terror attacks are motivated by people seeking revenge for US attacks on their country.

David’s legendary speeches and writings on peace, disarmament and the need to abolish nuclear weapons have made him one of the world’s leaders in winning us a peaceful planet.

Linda then speaks to us from San Luis Obispo, California, on the June 28 hearing in front of the California Lands Commission.  The three members of this commission will determine whether Pacific Gas & Electric, owner of the Diablo Canyon nukes, will be required to meet standards laid out in 1970 by the California Environmental Quality Act.  Signed by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, the law requires an Environmental Impact Review to protect the tidewater regions now being abused by Diablo Canyon’s cooling system.

A long-time veteran of the fight for safe energy, Linda gives us the details on a regulatory debate that could finally force shut two of the world’s most dangerous nukes. 

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June 9, 2016  

The legendary Golden Rule peace ship hosts its first ever on-board radio cast as we call in from the deck. The ship is in Portland, Oregon to demonstrate as the navy brings in its men of war to display to the local citizenry. We hear from veterans for peace organizer Helen Kaccard narrate the amazing history of this powerful boat. Long-time activist Mimi German tells us how we will shut down the Columbia Generating station, the last nuke in the northwest. As we sail the Wilamette River through Portland, encountering huge armed vessels from the US Navy we rejoice in the ability to fight against the nuclearadness aboard this wonderful ship with the fabulous legacy

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June 2, 2016  

The legendary PAUL KRASSNER is the star of this Solartopia Show.

We join Paul in his California home to run through his astonishing lifetime as a “guerilla satirist,” stand-up comedian, author, activist, videographic expert, psychedelic pioneer and much much more.

Paul has been with us in Solartopia before, but his boundless experience and wit make him always an A-List guest.  

Today we discuss Ken Kesey, Tim Leary, the CIA, LSD and the Agency’s inadvertent role in introducing psychedelics to the counter-culture.  

Since Paul was the founder of “Yippie,” the hippie/left offspring of the 1960s anti-war movement, we also ruminate on what “might have been” had Mayor Richard Daley granted permits to the demonstrators (me among them) at the 1968 Chicago Convention.

We also then plunge into today’s booming world of on-line pornography.  Paul was a writer for Hustler when its publisher Larry Flint was shot, and has written extensively about the industry that has become the most-watched phenomenon in all the world of video.  The discussion is fascinating but unfinished, so we’ll have to have Paul back with us again soon! 

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May 26, 2016  

Election theft has run rampant through the primary season as electronic irregularities, precinct elimination, racially unbalanced long lines and much more have again made a mockery of our alleged democracy.

Myla Reson of southern California opens the show with descriptions of the upcoming Golden State primary.  She also tells us of a major upcoming election protection event in Santa Monica Sunday, May 29, at 3pm, featured at www.Solartopia.org.

John Brakey tells us of his lawsuit attempting to force a new primary in Arizona where precinct elimination resulted in long lines, massive disenfranchisement and an unlikely victory for Hillary Clinton.

Lori Grace of the Sunrise Center in the Bay Area tells of an attempt to establish independent exit polling in California, where it has been abolished for this critical primary.

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck discusses the new lawsuit filed in Columbus, Ohio, demanding original raw exit polling data to find out who actually did win the Buckeye State’s primary.

Attorney Bob Fitrakis, my co-author of The Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft, explains how at least 10 of this year’s primaries would be disqualified under international law, and how Bernie Sanders should probably be the legitimate democratic presidential nominee.

If you care at all about a real democratic process in this country, don’t miss this show….

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May 19, 2016  

Solartopia celebrates the amazing life & unmatched activism of the legendary MICHAEL MARIOTTE, a truly one-of-a-kind No Nukes activist, pamphleteer, researcher and strategist who recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Michael’s legendary career as a nuke-buster, grassroots organizer, writer, speaker, rock drummer and husband/parent/friend has inspired a whole generation.  For decades he has been at the core of fighting the nuke industry in general, with particularly powerful impact at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, the uranium project in Louisiana he helped defeat, and much much more.

Our tributes begin with MARY OLSON from the NUCLEAR INFORMATION & RESOURCE SERVICE, which Michael has helped lead since the 1980s.  PAUL GUNTER then joins us, along with KEVIN KAMPS, both from BEYOND NUCLEAR.  

ALFRED MEYER chimes in from PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY along with BOB BACKUS from the Seabrook fight, ROCHELLE BECKER from Diablo Canyon, TIM JUDSON (the new Executive Director of NIRS), DIANE D’ARRIGO of NIRS, ALLISON FISHER from PUBLIC CITIZEN, attorney DIANE CURREN, Michael’s band-mate and more.  

For those of us who knew him, the hole Michael leaves in our movement and in our hearts will be impossible to fill.  

There are few greater things one can do to further our power and wellness than what Michael accomplished in his lifetime.  

Thank you, brother.  We hope you enjoy the show….

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May 12, 2016  

The Prospects & Business of Marijuana Legalization are center stage in Solartopia.  

We talk with the great Eric Stirling, legendary long-time pioneer activist and founder of numerous key groups in the struggle to end pot prohibition.

We also speak with David Dinenberg, a founder of KIND Financial, a Los Angeles-based company providing “seed-to-market” services for the marijuana industry.

At the heart of the discussion is the question of how to navigate toward full legalization of an industry that is now illegal federally, legal for medical purposes in a number of states, and fully legal in others.  It’s also a schedule one drug where a number of insiders believe it’d be better to stay that way than to downscale to level two.  

In other words, we look at a multi-billion-dollar industry with a wide range of unique and very high stakes challenges, ranging from mass incarceration to mass marketing and mass cash flow.

From a hot button political issue to a major financial entity, this is a fascinating case study in cultural transition.  Turn on, tune in and join the brave new world of legal pot. 

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May 5, 2016  

The Trans Pacific Partnership is a catastrophe poised to kill what’s left of our nation, says Dr. Margaret Flowers. Long-time activist and Green Party candidate for Senator from Maryland, Margaret works to FLUSH THE TPP and warns that this proposed trade deal is “NAFTA on steroids”. These terrible trade deals turn every ounce power over to giant corporations who rig our economies to the benefit of the super rich. NAFTA utterly destroyed America’s industrial base, and the TPP will be even worse, says Flowers.

We’re joined 30 minutes in by Bob Fitrakis, who recalls the dynamics of the Democratic campaign of 1992, when NAFTA was downplayed by candidate Bill Clinton, only to have him pass it once in the White House.

The question then becomes: now that Donald Trump has labelled NAFTA “the worst trade deal ever signed,” how will Hillary duck the issue in the upcoming presidential contest. And would she, once in the White House, stick it to the American economy the way she and Bill did in the 1990s.

Sadly, the question answers itself. Is the only answer that Bernie Sanders must now run as a Green with Jill Stein?  Stay tuned!!!!

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