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May 4, 2018  
ELECTION THEFT & PLASTIC POLLUTION are our Solartopian peaks today as we talk to two of America’s greatest activists.
 
MIMI KENNEDY, world-renown actress (“MOM”) and Chair of Progressive Democrats of America tells us about major new technology that can guarantee ballot images for hand-counted paper ballots.  It’s a critical breakthrough that might allow us to avoid the kinds of stolen elections that have left us with a true crisis of democracy from which we will struggle to recover.
 
Then we hear from DIANNA COHEN, founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which is pioneering the global fight to transition away from fossil feed stock and into bio-renewables.  By 2050, she says, there could by weight be more plastic in the oceans than fish.  Her crusade to get rid of this anti-life scourge is epic, fascinating and vital!
 
Like Mimi, Dianna’s depth of knowledge and commitment are truly awesome.  Don’t miss these interviews.  
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April 30, 2018  

CHERNOBYL at 32 is the tragic theme of today’s sojourn in Solartopia.  

> We try to grasp the full meaning of a catastrophe that may have killed more than a million people, has created “zombie forests” that do not decay and has warped the genetic code of humans and other animals for generations to come.

> LINDA PENTZ-GUNTER, PAUL GUNTER and CINDY FOKKERS of BEYOND NUCLEAR dissect the horrendous radioactive landscape that has emerged from Chernobyl’s apocalyptic fallout.

> Among much more, downwind lands are still too radioactive to farm.  Wild as well as domesticated animals are too contaminated to consume.  And even after three decades the possibility of another major catastrophe at the Chernobyl site remains very real.

> These three brilliant, pathbreaking experts make it clear that in the wake of this horrifying disaster, which essentially brought down the Soviet Union, much of Europe has fled the “nuclear option” and gone rapidly to wind and solar.  Most importantly, Germany is on path to shut all its reactors by 2022 and to break into an advanced economy based entirely on renewables.  

> But with still more radioactive nightmares pouring into our air and water at Fukushima, and with things far from over in Ukraine, we can only shudder at what might happen if we fail to shut all reactors before the next Chernobyl hits our planet,

 
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April 20, 2018  

BLACKOUT IN PUERTO RICO, GLOBAL WARMING WORLDWIDE are on the menu today.

Two great activists lead the discussion  

JOEL SEGAL of North Carolina tells us the shocking truth about two new grid collapses in Puerto Rico which have caused, among other things, a critical nationwide shortage of pain killers morphine and delaudid.

Anti-fracking leader DAVID BRAUN explains how this horrifying gas extraction technique is destroying land and water tables California and elsewhere.  David was instrumental in winning New York’s ban on fracking and hopes to do it again in the Golden State.

These are two brilliant, unique expert/activists.  Do not miss this show.

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April 13, 2018  

NUKE REACTORS ARE SHUTTING & ELECTIONS ARE BEING STOLEN.

We start in Solartopia with legendary activists TIM JUDSON and KEVIN KAMPS telling us about TWENTY (of 100) US nuke reactors on the brink of shut-down and/or being bailed out.  Challenges everywhere are being waged by a wide range of grassroots environmental and consumer organizations

Four reactors in northern Ohio and Pennsylvania will shut if we can stop Donald Trump from handing them an $8 billion bailout.  Four more will shut in New York State if we can defeat Andrew Cuomo’s $7.6 billion bailout in court.  .

Three more reactors are being bailed out in Illinois.  At least nine more have near-term shut-down dates, again subject to demands by their owners for outrageous bailouts.  Join us to hear the whole list, and how you can help us win a nuke-free nation.

At the half-hour, we talk with JOHN BRAKEY about ELECTION THEFT.

Major lawsuits are being waged in Ohio and elsewhere demanding some kind of accountability in our voting process.  John has pioneered the “Brakey Method” of using universally available electronic ballot images as a backup to the voting process.  

Unless the electoral process is made transparent to the public, all the big hopes for a counter-balance to the madness in the White House will go nowhere. 

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March 30, 2018  

We’re joined in SOLARTOPIA by the great writer/activist / film critic  ED RAMPELL. 

 
Ed is lead organizer for a major upcoming event celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, to take place at the legendary Will Geer Theater in Topanga Canyon, California this coming July 28.
 
Ed recently organized a major four-hour event commemorating the Hollywood Blacklist which is now being featured at C-Span.  The link to see this great show is here:
 
 
We discuss the new film the Young Karl Marx which Ed has reviewed for the Progressive Magazine.  
 
 
 
 
We also celebrate the announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric that it is dropping its pursuit of a license extension for its two reactors at Diablo Canyon, meaning they will definitively shut by 2025, though we are working harder than ever to get them shut earlier.  
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March 23, 2018  

A NEW ERA OF ELECTION PROTECTION comes to Solartopia with three great experts.

JOHN BRAKEY has been stumping the nation inspecting voting machines and advocating for paper ballots counted electronically, with a ballot image stored in the machines.  Simultaneously a paper ballot is produced and stored for verification.

He’s been joined in advocating this technology by TIM WHITE, long-time election protection advocate.

We are also joined by JONATHAN SIMON, author of CODE RED, now in its fourth edition, one of the foundational volumes on the question of how do we protect the sanctity of our elections in the Age of Trump.

As unelected fascists take power through the ruses of gerrymandering, the stripping of voter registration rolls, the flipping of electronic vote counts and more, the method of casting, counting and auditing our ballots becomes ever more crucial.  These three experts give us great insight into just how we must do that to survive as a democracy.

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March 19, 2018  
FROM THREE MILE ISLAND TO FUKUSHIMA: UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
 
Amidst the horrors of atomic power and its catastrophic failure, we speak with three powerful women about their devastating personal experiences with nuclear radiation.
 
Talk-radio/podcast host LIBBE HALEVY was in central Pennsylvania when TMI melted.  Terribly traumatized, she returned to Los Angeles and eventually started her popular and influential NUCLEAR HOTSEAT podcast.
 
BEVERLY FINDLAY-KANEKO was in Japan when Fukushima exploded.  She and her family still deal with the disaster on an intensely personal basis.
 
STACY GRIFFITHS was ten years old and living near Three Mile Island when it spewed radiation throughout the region.  She is now surrounded by the dead and dying as the toll of the disaster has escalated over the decades.
 
This deeply moving exploration into the tangible consequences of our atomic folly is not to be missed.  
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March 9, 2018  

RUSSIA and election theft today with heroes of democracy JOHN BRAKEY and CHRIS SAUTTER as we assess the power of the Manchurian Mafia and the dawn of new voting machine technology.

This primer on vote fraud and the dawn of verified voting is the new bottom line on our balloting future.

Nobody knows more about the nuts and volts of our electoral process than these two guys. Don't miss their genius.

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March 2, 2018  

TRUMP and the MAFIA are at center stage as BOB FITRAKIS gives us the inside story. Russian election tampering is the tip of the iceberg of a career totally intertwined with organized crime.

Then STEPHEN FRANTZ tells us all about the world killing glyphosate which threatens all life on Earth

Two vital topics with truly great experts.  Don't miss this show!!

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February 23, 2018  

The travesty in PUERTO RICO and IMMIGRATION are where we’re at in Solartopia today, as we talk with long-time activist JOEL SEGAL along with immigration attorney JOSUNE AGUIRRE and singer-activist DON ARBOR.

 
Joel confirms that the death and devastation are continuing in Puerto Rico while Team Trump ignores the humanitarian crisis and uses crisis capitalism to plunder the island.  Suicides are on the rise and substantial portions of the island are still without power, food and water.  
 
Atop the hour we play Don’s anthem EVERYBODY COMES FROM SOMEWHERE to commemorate the obscene idiocy of the Trump attack on the non-crisis of immigration.  And Josune fills us in on the fight over ICE and its attacks on sanctuary cities like Santa Monica and Berkeley.  We also visit the hypocrisy of Trump’s wife’s parents getting green cards, despite being “bad hombres."
 
Its a tough but necessary hour.  
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