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January 28, 2019  

SHALL SALLY HEMINGS BE RECOGNIZED AS OUR 3d FIRST LADY?

Sally Hemings was the legendary African-American co-parent with our third president, Thomas Jefferson.  

His life partner for nearly forty years, she bore him as many as eight children, at least four of whom lived to full adulthood.

The White House official record lists Jefferson’s first (white) wife, Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, as his First Lady.  But she died some twenty years before he entered the White House.

Instead, Martha’s half-sister, Sally Hemings, occupied the room next to Tom's study at Monticello, and bore him three children while he was president, all of whom lived to bear families and lead powerful, productive lives.  In their wake have come scores of descendants scattered throughout the United States.  

We are joined to talk about this with Tom & Sally’s brilliant descendent, EVELIA JONES, and by critic ED RAMPELL and political scientist BOB FITRAKIS.

Should Sally at last be recognized as a true First Lady?  Should there be statues raised to her—including one at the Jefferson Memorial in DC?  What is her rightful place at Monticello….and in our hearts?

Don’t miss this amazing discussion with a true descendent of one of America’s most important people.

January 18, 2019  

WILL PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC’S BANKRUPTCY SHUT THE DIABLO CANYON NUKES?

No question of human survival is more urgent than shutting the huge twin reactors surrounded by earthquake faults at Diablo Canyon, California.  Perched above the Pacific, 9 miles west of San Luis Obispo, these aging, defective, decrepit atomic behemoths threaten all of California and the United States with radioactive extinction.

We’re joined by long-time utilities attorney JOHN GEESMAN and expert/activist DONNA GILMORE to explore how PG&E’s looming bankruptcy could give the state of California the leverage to force at least three critical inspections at Diablo.  The mega-utility in 2010 blew up part of San Bruno, killing eight people.  It has been linked to at least 17 of the 2017-8 fires that ravaged northern California, killing scores of people while doing billions in damage and destroying one of the world’s most critical eco-systems.

PG&E must now go to the state for major financial, legal and other assistance.  In return, California might well demand a close look at the plant’s potential embrittlement problems, the likelihood that the reactor pressure vessel is cracked, the critical deficiencies in its waste management protocols, and much more.

Diablo Unit One is schedule for a 40-day refueling outage in February.  Will the state intervene to demand its safety certification where everyone knows the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will take a pass?
This discussion with Donna and John may set the tone for one of humankind’s most important life-or-death decisions.

January 11, 2019  

TRUMP’S DEPARTURE & THE GREEN NEW DEAL

The imminent demise of Donald Trump and the rise of the Green New Deal come to us through the great Political Scientist PETER MATHEWS and long-time energy expert CHARLES KOMANOFF.

We explore the wide range of Trump’s lawbreaking and the likelihood of his being removed from office by the corporate barons, the military and/or the intelligence community.  Harvey has bet $10 he’ll be gone by Earth Day.  We share see.

Peter explores the historical precedents and legal ramifications of this lawless presidency.  

Charles delves deep into the energy statistics surrounding the Green New Deal, with some shocking news about the green success in California.

In ensemble we explore the truly astounding range of possibilities now roiling our tumultuous political landscape.

We also visit Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and the powerful new assertion that she be officially recognized as our nation’s third First Lady.

 
January 4, 2019  

The End of Empire and Birth of Voter Rights?

Great experts Mimi Kennedy, Bob Fitrakis and Steve Rosenfeld cover Trump’s astounding pullbacks from Syria and Afghanistan 

We explore the deep deep sea of his legal miasma. 

And we look at the amazing new HB 1, the omnibus bill on voter rights in the US House

For an all-inclusive cruise through the Trumpocalypse don’t miss this show. 

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