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January 28, 2016  

NUKE WASTE IN WISCONSIN vs. SOLAR POWER IN CALIFORNIA:  

We begin in Wisconsin with KEVIN KAMPS of BEYOND NUCLEAR who tells us that the absurdly corrupt legislature in Wisconsin is trying to repeal a 33-year ban on atomic reactor construction.  Of course, Wisconsin’s Kewaunee reactor just shut for economic reasons, and there’s zero chance new reactors will be built there without 100% taxpayer subsidies.  But Kevin’s excellent article on this is at https://ecowatch.com/2016/01/28/great-lakes-nuclear-waste-dump/3/ and he tells us why stacking more nuke waste along the Great Lakes is patently insane.
We then hear breaking news from PAUL KANGAS and the CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION which has just approved a 15 cent fixed rate for homeowners to collect on electricity pumped into the grid from the solar panels on their rooftops.  With thousands of Californians sending green power into the system we may soon see DIABLO CANYON and other nukes following Kewaunee into the nuke dump pile.  Paul explains how California now joins Maine in paying a firm, fixed rate for decentralized renewable production and paving the way to SOLARTOPIA!!!
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January 21, 2016  

THE NIGHTMARE OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE has come home to roost at the SAN ONOFRE nuke reactors south of Los Angeles.  The tremendous grassroots victory of the No Nukes movement in shutting this horrible plant is now followed by the harsh realities of dealing with the immense quantities of lethal radioactive fuel rods and other ridiculous residue sitting by the ocean.

So we hear from DONNA GILMORE and ACE HOFFMAN on the technical, economic and political realities of managing this material.  We hear, as expected, about how Southern California Edison is doing all it can to cheap out on dealing with this stuff and what it might take to get it managed properly.  See Sanonofresafety.org.  

We are then joined by MARC ASH of READER SUPPORTED NEWS for our first conversation about progressive websites on the internet.  Coming out of the Al Gore campaign in 2000, Marc helped pioneer the world of disseminating important news and information.  He warns, among other things, that net neutrality is not a done deal and is now under fire in federal court in Washington DC.  See Harvey’s latest RSN piece at:  http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34737-focus-why-we-must-now-adopt-the-qohio-planq-to-prevent-the-qstrip-a-flipq-of-american-elections

Stay tuned for future shows on both these incredibly important topics.   

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January 14, 2016  

NUKE DINOSAURS & SOLAR OUTRAGE arrive in Solartopia with astonishing implications.

At Ohio's crumbling Davis-Besse nuke, KEVIN KAMPS tells us how this dying, decrepit reactor is demanding huge bail-outs from ratepayers and taxpayers because it cannot compete.  But now DAVE KRAFT reports that competing utility giants Exelon and Dynegy have filed claims saying they can provide power to Ohio far cheaper, leaving DB hopefully twisting in the wind.  

Meanwhile, JUDY TREICHEL and STEVE FRISHMAN report from Nevada that the corrupt Public Utilities Commission has rolled back long-standing agreements and is conspiring to prevent homeowners from installing solar panels on their rooftops.  Public outrage is enormous, with thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments being wasted on behalf on obsolete investments in King Cong (Coal, Oil, Nukes and Gas).  

Similar push-back in Wisconsin is being perpetrated by the planet-killing fossil-nuke pushers who threaten us all.  

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January 7, 2016  
ED ASNER & MAGGIE GRANT ON “THE INSTIGATOR"
FREEDOM OF THE PRESS is our focus with the great ED ASNER and MAGGIE GRANT, co-conspirators on the upcoming feature film THE INSTIGATOR, the first of a trilogy of feature films on the fight for freedom in early America, leading up to the Revolution.  
As television's former LOU GRANT, who inspired so many of us to become journalists, Ed has been active for decades as one of America’s leading advocates for peace, social justice and freedom of speech.  So his powerful role in The Instigator, about the legendary 1734-1735 trial of JOHN PETER ZENGER brings with it huge moral and theatrical clout.
Co-Writer/Director/Producer Maggie Grant has conjured a brilliant script about the trial and the key role played by the ultimate “Philadelphia Lawyer” ANDREW HAMILTON, who also served as the attorney (and close friend) of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN.
In this fleeting hour we talk about the upcoming fall release of this feature film, and the other award-winning productions coming from this great partnership.   Next in line will be films about the BOSTON TEA PARTY, the AMERICAN REVOLUTION and the writing of the Constitution and BILL OF RIGHTS.  
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With his unshaken convictions and good and great humor, it’s always a special honor to speak with Ed Asner and his excellent collaborator, Maggie Grant.  So don’t miss this show.
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