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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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February 16, 2018  

THE FALL OF NUKE POWER continues as we talk with LINDA SEELEY and PAUL GUNTER on the disintegration of this one-proud industry.

Linda, of the MOTHERS FOR PEACE, fills us in on the latest from DIABLO CANYON as speculation runs rampant that the owners will run out of both money and qualified personnel to keep these two cursed reactors operating beyond 2021.

Paul, of BEYOND NUCLEAR, updates us on what’s happening in China, and fills us in on the astonishing collapse of the Nuclear Energy Institute.  Two pivotal utilities with major nuclear investments are now in an ugly public battle with the industry’s leading trade organization.

We also look at the physical collapse of these aging reactors and hope we can get them shut before they blow up.

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February 9, 2018  

IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN YOU THINK   is the great DAVID CAY JOHNSTON’s brilliant NYTimes best-selling investigation of the life and crimes of Donald Trump.

Johnston is an impeccable investigator with top-level credentials who has been following Trump for decades.   He’s also a great, uniquely articulate presenter.

But his 100% true exposition of Trump’s personal, political and financial history borders on the surreal.  If a novelist were to invent a character this awful, someone so thoroughly defined by outrageous lies, greed and heartlessness, he would not be credible.

David takes us through a bare fraction of what he’s uncovered about the Dark Lord currently in the White House.  For pure mind-boggling shock and awe, don’t miss what he has to say.

We are also joined by STEVE ROSENFELD of ALTERNET who fills us in on the critical interface between election theft, the Russians who own Trump and how all this plays out in the shadow of Homeland Security and other reports of Russian meddling in our elections.

Sadly, there will be much more to come about all of this. 

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February 2, 2018  

NUKE POWER SHUTDOWNS are getting us closer to Solartopia.  We join TIM JUDSON and KEVIN KAMPS to explore the growing parade of atomic power plants being closed for reasons of economics, old age and grid limitations in light of the massive influx of renewable energy.

Coming from the NUCLEAR INFORMATION & RESOURCE SERVICE & BEYOND NUCLEAR, we explore the situations at DIABLO CANYON in California, at PERRY, DAVIS-BESSE & BEAVER VALLEY in Ohio & Pennsylvania, and at four reactors in upstate New York being bailed out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  NIRS has joined a lawsuit to prevent those bailouts which has just gotten favorable news from a state court.

We also talk about the extreme danger of nukes being built in CHINA and the horrors of FUKUSHIMA, 3 MILE ISLAND, CHERNOBYL and other catastrophes of the atomic age.

With the onrush of renewables, there is hope for a green-powered Earth, and the path is being cleared by these truly great activists.  Don’t miss what they say.

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January 26, 2018  

SOLAR TARIFFS & PUERTO RICO concern us today in Solartopia.

Trump’s insane, absurd and downright silly duties on solar panels will cost about 23,000 jobs and do nothing to promote domestic manufacturing.  We talk with solar expert SCOTT SKLAR who knows all about it.

We then discuss the horror show in Puerto Rico with long-time activist JOEL SEGAL, who’s been working to form a citizens group to help that beleaguered island.  American citizens are still suffering and dying due to Trump’s vile neglect.  The latest outrage is an attempt to privatize the pubic utility there as a move to avoid going solar.  That our country could treat our fellow citizens this way is a crime and a shame.  Joel will tell you what you might do to help. 

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