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November 19, 2015  

We hear about the ASSAULT ON SOLAR POWER in North Carolina with JIM WARREN of the great non-profit NCWARN.  Working with an African-American church in Greensboro, NCWarn has installed a 5kw rooftop solar system.  It provides electricity to the church at half the cost of the juice being sold by Duke Power, the monopoly utility.  But Duke has now sued NCWarn for alleged violation of a state law that Duke claims outlaws the ability of anyone else in the state to sell electricity.  This astounding lawsuit involves an alleged penalty of up to $100,00/day, with a current alleged balance of $200,000.  This is all part of the Koch Brothers’ assault solar energy.  Listen to this report and feel your blood boil.

We then hear from KEVIN KAMPS of BEYOND NUCLEAR about the massive nuke waste dump Canada wants to build on the shores of the world’s greatest reserve of fresh water.  The sheer idiocy of this proposal defies description.  But people are fighting it.  And with a new administration taking power in Canada, maybe we can stop it.  Listen in to find out how….

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November 12, 2015  


We celebrate the hard-won decision by the Santa Monica city council to fully fund the re-hab needed for the legendary Paul Conrad statue.   We’re joined by JERRY RUBIN who has been part of the successful campaign. This iconic sculpture commemorates the atomic bombings in Japan and warns us to make sure it never happens again.  Erected in the early 1990s, it has been in need of funds for rehabilitation.  There were those who wanted to tear Chain Reaction down.  But Jerry tells us it will now be fully preserved and surrounded with a peace park.  FANTASTIC NEWS!!!

We also talk SHUTTING NUCLEAR POWER with longtime activists MICHAEL KEEGAN in Monroe, Michigan and ACE HOFFMAN in southern California about the FERMI, DAVIS-BESSE, DIABLO CANYON and SAN ONOFRE nukes.  These legendary experts take us deep into the nightmare world of decaying reactors as we assess the prospects for dealing in a sane manner with these horrendous remnants of this failed technology.

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November 5, 2015  

SHUTTING NUKES & STEALING OHIO’S CORPORATE POT REFERENDUM are what’s happening in today’s Solartopia Show.

TIM JUDSON and JESSICA AZULAY first join us to celebrate the announcement that the FitzGerald nuke in upstate New York will be closed.  Entergy has said it will shut the ancient, dangerous reactor in October of 2016.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has objected.  But Cuomo is working to shut the reactors at INDIAN POINT near New York City so we’re not sure what to make of it.  But Jessica give us the critical detail.

We then hear from my long-time co-conspirator BOB FITRAKIS about the CORPORATE MARIJUANA REFERENDUM allegedly defeated in Ohio.  After watching elections being stolen here at least since 2004, we notice the usual symptoms of a rigged vote count.  The Secretary of State, who allegedly administers a fair vote count, was a vehement opponent of the legalization of pot, and even accused its backers of fraud.  There were breakdowns in Cincinnati in the polling apparatus.  And obvious irregularities in Dayton and elsewhere.  Polls showed Ohioans favoring the referendum by a significant margin but then defeating it in the balloting by 2:1, which makes no sense.  Unless you’re really really stoned, which Ohio will again have to wait a while to do, at least legally.

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October 30, 2015  


With Political Science Professor BOB FITRAKIS we discuss the very controversial Proposition 3 which would establish legal corporations to grow and dominate the marijuana trade in Ohio.  The details of this proposition are so mind-binding you will have to listen to this discussion to sort it all out (we dare you!!!)
We also talk about our new article WHY THE DRUG WAR HAS BEEN A FORTY-YEAR LYNCHING ( which gets to the bottom of how Richard Nixon and the Republican Party used the War on Drugs to change the nature of politics in America.  Among other things, some FORTY MILLION PEOPLE have been arrested for drugs in the US since 1970, with many millions of them losing the right to vote.  This helped swing the south to the GOP and give it control of the US Congress.
It’s a mind-boggling issue.  Toke up and take a listen!!!
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October 22, 2015  

NUKE POWER IN NEW YORK hopefully on its way out….

We talk about making New York state NUKEFREE with the great ARNIE GUNDERSEN, one of the world’s top technical experts on atomic reactors; JESSICA AZULAY of the movement to shut down the FITZPATRICK and GINNA reactors in upstate NY; GARY SHAW at INDIAN POINT; and TIM JUDSON of the NUCLEAR INFORMATION & RESOURCE SERVICE.

On the brink of an expected announcement from ENTERGY on Fitzpatrick, we run the gamut of insanity at these atomic disasters in progress, including the two far upstate at NINE MILE POINT, Unit One being one the the 3 oldest in the world.

At Indian Point2 the license is expired, as it’s about to at Unit3.  Ginna and Fitzpatrick are losing money.  Nine Mile Point is crumbling.  The state government is working for shutdown.

Tune in to find out how we can finally get over the line and make these  New York nightmares go cold.  

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October 16, 2015  

SHUTTING THE PILGRIM NUKE is our primary focus of our roundtable talk with four tremendous activists.  Pilgrim’s owner, ENTERGY, has announced it will close the ancient nuke by June 1, 2019.  But the reactor is out of compliance on a large number of safety and engineering issues and will put the region at risk if it goes forward.  
SHEILA PARKS, Boston-area founder of On Behalf of Planet Earth; ARLENE WILLIAMS of Cape Downwinder; TIM JUDSON of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and PAUL GUNTER of Beyond Nuclear join us to cover the issue.

Among other concerns are violations of fire safety requirement now nearly a quarter-century out of compliance; spent fuel overflowing the site’s ability to handle it; a dertioriating work force and much more.

The latest shut-down announcement would take the US reactor fleet to 98, the lowest total in many years.  But can we survive Pilgrim & its ancient siblings operating even another fuel cycle?

Stay tuned….

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October 9, 2015  

We visit DYING NUKES THAT TERRIFY US ALL with MICHAEL KEEGAN of Don’t Waste Michigan and PAUL GUNTER and KEVIN KAMPS of Beyond Nuclear.

The debate over atomic energy is over.  FUKUSHIMA has shown the world that nuke reactors will explode and destroy whole sections of a country while contaminating oceans.  Germany’s ENERGIEWIND is showing that the transition to 100% renewables can be done quickly, cleanly and profitably.

But we’re left in the US with 99 dying nukes that truly terrify us all.  Starting in Michigan, at Monroe, we deal with Fermi Unit I, which nearly exploded in 1966;  Fermi 2 which is now falling apart; and Fermi 3, which Detroit Edison wants to build at massive ratepayer expense.  

We then shift to the truly horrifying Davis-Besse reactor near Toledo, which operated for years with a massive hole in its head, and which has a shield building that’s literally crumbling.  It’s owner wants a $3 billion public bailout to keep endangering all of the Great Lakes region.    

We also visit Pilgrim near Boston, which is officially in violation of both NRC production standards and NRC safety standards.  Paul tells that October 10 we will hear a major announcement from Energy, which owns this dying nuke.  

Over the coming weeks we will “tour” the national fleet of reactors that need to shut ASAP.  Let’s hope Pilgrim will now lead the way to the end of this insane industry!!!

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October 2, 2015  

ALTERNET political editor STEVEN ROSENFELD joins us again in Solartopia to talk about ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT and the 2016 election….plus a lot more.

Steve’s major feature on the BRENNAN CENTER report dissecting our crumbling computer-based voting system introduced many Americans to the reality that our network of casting and counting votes is simply not reliable.

Steve also talks to us about the 2016 horse race and conversations that might have occurred between BILL CLINTON and DONALD TRUMP before Trump decided to run.

He analyzes why SCOTT WALKERS’ candidacy collapsed.

And we look into an important new book on the culture of slavery and why its poisonous effects continue to permeate our culture.  

If you’re at all interested in American politics, don’t miss this show...

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September 25, 2015  


Attorney JAMES OTTO talks about his California lawsuit against the Disney giant for dumping its American workers and forcing them to train their own“cheaper” replacements being brought in from India.  According to Otto, this global scam involves the loss of millions of American jobs including nearly a thousand at Disney.  It’s a fascinating portrait of yet another corporate assault on the American workforce, this time at the iconic place where “dreams come true.”


The second half-hour of our show is with STEVE ROSENFELD of AlterNet.  His powerful new piece covers a major report from the prestigious BRENNAN CENTER of New York University, one of America’s leading authorities on our voting process.  Steve’s piece underscores the finding that the voting apparatus about to be used to decide who will be our next president is obsolete, falling apart and very easily hackable.  Brennan stops well short of issuing a meaningful warning about how the election could be stolen.

But we do not.  Steve is a strong source of expertise on this most important issue for American democracy, and we only begin to scratch the surface.  

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September 18, 2015  

Award-winning columnist ROBERT KOEHLER talks with us about refugees and compassion as the “Squirming Buddha” seeks a balance among difficult choices.

Bob’s always-cogent columns speak to us of the dilemma of NOT being a refugee and of facing the reality of how one would act as an individual in the face of the need for sharing and personal cost.

He tells a simple story of finding money on the street and then NOT giving it to a panhandler in need.  Of housing a political refugee for five years and living through the day-to-day difficulties of doing a good deed.

We start with a talk about the REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE and the astonishing spectacle of 11 (ELEVEN!) candidates strewn across a stage in the Ronald Reagan library, yelling about legal pot and wars unfought.  An event to shake the very roots of Solartopia.

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