The OPTIMISTIC FUTURIST Fran Koster joins Harvey Wasserman on the GREEN POWER & WELLNESS SHOW to talk about the mega-conversion to renewables and the micro-victories people can win in their own communities. Fran changed the world by organizing the mid 1970s TOWARD TOMORROW FAIR at UMass to feature renewables guru Amory Lovins, wind pioneer William Heronemus and many other great visionaries who shone the light on the solutions to a world being killed by King CONG (Coal, Oil, Nukes & Gas). Fran's book DISCOVERING THE NEW AMERICA also gives us beautiful small stories about how communities have bettered their lives through simple campaigns on issues like when in the morning to begin middle school, how kids should wash their hands and what it can mean to teach prisoners how to cook. See still more at www.optimisticfuturist.org.
The Certain Death Toll Among Children at Fukushima is mounting steadily despite the best efforts of the nuclear industry and the United Nations to deny any of it. We talk with Joseph Mangano of the Radiation and Public Health Project about the horrific epidemic of childhood thyroid cancer among kids living in the area around Fukushima.
The challenge of dealing with RADIOACTIVE WASTE has reached a tipping point with the failure of New Mexico's Waste Isolation Pilot Project in a fire that has rendered the multi-billion-dollar facility all but useless. We talk with long-time researcher BOB ALVAREZ, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies about the unsolvable problem of rad waste storage from both weapons and power reactors.