Nuclear-industry critics Arnie and Maggie Gunderson warn that, four-and-a-half years after the meltdown, Fukushima still poses a danger to Japan and the Pacific region, and that the Japanese government is trying to prevent journalists and physicians from disclosing the ongoing problems.
The program closes with an excerpt from a speech by Arnie Gunderson rebutting the idea of nuclear power as a solution to global warming.
Arnie and Maggie Gunderson both worked in the nuclear-power industry, then became whistleblowers about problems in the industry. They now operate the Fairewinds foundation
Peter Phillips and Anthony Fest spend the hour discussing the battle for LGBT rights -- past, present, and future. Renown LGBT historian Lillian Faderman speaks about her new book "The Gay Revolution," a chronicle of the gay-rights struggle from the 1940s to the present day. Later in the hour, Marin college student and activist Caitlin McCoy joins the conversation with an LGBT-youth perspective. Mickey Huff will return next week.
Peter and Mickey spend the hour speaking with author/educator Henry Giroux. Giroux explains the concept of 'critical pedagogy,' and the pivotal role that education plays for the whole of society. He warns of the increasing domination of the world by the ultra-rich, and a new form of anti-intellectualism fostered by a failing corporate media. Among the measures the left must take to resist these forces, he names the formation of a third political party, and more academics taking on the duties of public intellectuals, rather than limiting
their activities to the campus.
What is Critical Media Literacy, and why is it a vital skill for students and citizens today? Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff speak with two Media Literacy scholars, who explain how the concepts apply to both old and new forms of media. Julie Frechette chairs the Department of Communications at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Bill Yousman is director of the graduate program in Media Literacy and Education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Mark Crispin Miller of NYU discusses some of the recent additions to his Forbidden Bookshelf series, which seeks out important out-of-print political works and republishes them as e-books; Miller explains the insidious ways the books were first "disappeared." Next, Peter Hart with the National Coalition Against Censorship speaks about this year's Banned Books Week, and some of the means -- short of outright banning -- which keep important books away from students. The program concludes with Gerry Condon of Vets for Peace, speaking about the historic vessel Golden Rule, brought to San Francisco as part of a protest against the U.S. Navy's annual Fleet Week activities there.
9/11 and the Rise of Neoconservative Foreign Policy. For this 14th anniversary 9/11 special program, co-hosts Mickey Huff and Peter Phillips speak with Media Roots journalist and filmmaker Robbie Martin about his new film "A Very Heavy Agenda." The film looks in depth at the Kagan family and the rise of neoconservative foreign policy prior to and since the events of 9/11. Tune in for a detailed discussion about the development of the US policy driving American Empire.
Authors Mark Pilisuk and Jennifer Rountree discuss their new book, "The Hidden Structure of Violence:
Who Benefits From Global Violence and War." They contend that organized violence is not an inescapable
part of human existence, but is organized and carried out by the dominant social order to enhance its own power.
In the second half of the program, Tara Dorabji joins in to explain how violence and social control are wielded in
two of the world's occupied lands, Palestine and Kashmir, and the role women play in preserving life and culture
in those areas, despite the occupiers' brutality.
Marc Pilisuk teaches at Saybrook University; Jennifer Rountree works at the National Indian Child Welfare Association;
Tara Dorabji works at Youth Radio and is a contributor to the forthcoming Project Censored 2016.
Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff co-hosts for the Project Censored show provide an update on human rights abuses in Mexico funded by US; they speak with researcher/journalist Laura Carlsen in Mexico City. The remainder of the program focuses on the impacts of nuclear technology on the enviroment and society. Ken Buesseler and Tim Mousseau summarize their scientific research about the ongoing consequences of the Fukushima disaster, for Japan and for the Pacific. The program concludes with a rebroadcast of a Project Censored interview with investigative journalist and nuclear-energy critic Karl Grossman.
In a remarkable case study of censorship, author and political cartoonist Ted Rall recounts how he was dropped from the Los Angeles Times, purportedly for giving an untrue account of a 2001 encounter with an LAPD officer, who cited Rall for jaywalking. As he refutes the 'evidence' behind his dismissal, Rall also points out links between the Times, the LAPD, and the police union, raising questions about how decisions are made at one of the "big three" U.S. newspapers.
This week's program offers two perspectives on global capitalism and permanent war. Sociologist William Robinson makes the case that the present state of capitalism may be a "systemic crisis," something not seen in centuries. Then peace advocate Kathy Kelly relates her experiences from Afghanistan to US prisons, and refutes the notion of"humanitarian war."
William Robinson teaches Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. Kathy Kelly is the founder of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.