Friday, July 20, 2012

  • Denver Shooting Rampage Leaves 12 Dead, 50 Wounded in Latest of Unparalleled U.S. Gun Attacks


    At least 12 people have been killed and more than 50 wounded in a mass shooting at a movie theater outside of Denver. A number of the wounded are in critical condition. It was one of the worst mass shootings in the United States since the killings of 32 people at Virginia Tech five years ago. The shootings have called to mind the killings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, only 25 miles away from the theater, where 12 students and a teacher were killed in a mass shooting spree by two students in 1999. We go to Denver to speak with Mary Kershner, a registered nurse, gun control advocate and founding member of Nurses Advocating Gun Safety. She has lost three members of her family to gun violence. [includes rush transcript]

  • Subhankar Banerjee: Looming Deadline Creates Window for Protests to Stop Shell’s Arctic Drilling


    As the oil giant Shell prepares to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic, activists across the world have begun holding protests. The Obama administration has set a deadline for next month to decide on whether to grant the final drilling permits. Over the last decade, Arctic Alaska has become the most contested land in recent U.S. history. But in addition to oil, natural gas and coal, the Arctic is rich in biodiversity and has been home to generations of indigenous people for thousands of years. We’re joined by Subhankar Banerjee, a renowned photographer, writer and activist who has spent the past decade working to conserve the Arctic and raise awareness about human rights and climate change. Banerjee is editor of the newly published book, "Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point," and has just won the 2012 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Award. [includes rush transcript]

  • Climate Parents: For Kids’ Future, Mark Hertsgaard Urges Families to Take On Global Warming


    As the U.S. suffers through its worst drought since the 1950s, the author and environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard joins us to discuss his new initiative, "Climate Parents." In a new article, "Parents Need to Act Against Climate Change for Their Kids’ Sake," Hertsgaard writes: "Beyond the distress and discomfort, the record-breaking heat raises a puzzling question for anyone who cares about the future of our young people. The laws of physics and chemistry — the fact that carbon dioxide remains in the atmosphere for decades after being emitted — mean that man-made global warming is just getting started on this planet. As a result, my [daughter] Chiara and millions of other youth around the world are now fated to spend the rest of their lives coping with the hottest, most volatile climate in our civilization’s 10,000-year history." Hertsgaard is author of the book "Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth." He is an environment correspondent for The Nation and fellow at the New America Foundation. "We actually subsidize Shell and Exxon Mobil and Peabody Coal and all of these big fossil fuel companies," Hertsgaard says. "We subsidize them to wreck the planet for our kids. That has to change." [includes rush transcript]