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  • Energy expert Harvey Wasserman argues the answer is not to improve the country’s antiquated energy grid but to refocus the nation’s attention of alternative energy sources. He writes: "That the grid will crash again and again and yet again is absolutely certain. The only question is who are the real terrorists: errant crazies who blow things up, or entrenched interests that refuse to change?" [Includes transcript]
    August 18, 2003 | Story
  • Critics question how millions of the people could safely leave the metropolitan area if the Indian Point nuclear point was attacked or suffered a meltdown. We host a debate between the plant’s operator and nuclear activists including Harvey Wasserman. [Includes transcript]
    August 05, 2003 | Story
  • For the first time since the Gulf War, the Pentagon plans to move a full combat division of U.S. forces to within striking distance of Iraq. Overall 50,000 troops are expected to be sent to the region this month to almost double the size of the U.S. presence in the region. The troops are prepared to go to war by mid-February. [includes rush transcript]
    January 02, 2003 | Story
  • The House of Representatives voted yesterday to turn Nevada’s Yucca Mountain into a high-level nuclear waste dump. The plan calls for 100,000 shipments of highly radioactive nuclear waste to be transported across the country on trucks, trains, and barges. It would then be dumped at Yucca Mountain, just ninety miles from Las Vegas. Yucca Mountain is an ancient volcano that lies in the heart of Shoshone territory. It has long been...
    May 09, 2002 | Story
  • While the Pacifica Campaign and other free speech radio activists were preparing to make history last week, the BushAdministration was busy trying to undo history. Following other moves to bring the country back to an earlier, morewar-like era, the administration set about rewinding the nuclear clock, erasing some of the fragile gains made by theanti-nuclear movement over the last few decades.
    January 14, 2002 | Story
  • A federal appeals court has allowed nearly 2,000 people to revive lawsuits over health problems they blame on the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court judge made an error three years ago when she threw out the cases stemming from the worst nuclear accident in the nation’s history.
    November 05, 1999 | Story
  • NBC removed all references to the transportation of nuclear waste from the television movie, "Atomic Train" which aired last night and continues tonight. Although the network cited inaccuracies in the depiction of how nuclear waste is handled to account for the changes, Senator Richard Bryant of Nevada accused NBC of caving in to pressure from lobbyists for the nuclear power companies. Bryant, a Democrat, pointed to the fact that...
    May 17, 1999 | Story
  • Through cheers, jeers and an attempted blockade, a big rig loaded with radioactive nuclear waste made a historic journey this morning to the nation’s first nuclear waste dump. The truck left Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico and traveled 270 miles south to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, known as the WIPP, in a seven and a half hour trip that followed 25 long years of protests and lawsuits. An appellate court in...
    March 26, 1999 | Story
  • Until recently, computers were not programmed to operate with four-digit date codes, and when the year 2000 arrives, many machines may think that we have gone back to the year 1900. The implications of "Y2K" are as complex as they are uncertain. One industry that may be seriously affected is nuclear powered reactors.
    January 12, 1999 | Story
  • To cap off our show on this 53rd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, we turn to a group that may not first come to mind when talking about the nuclear age — Native Americans.
    August 06, 1998 | Story