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Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour – 01.21.16

THE NIGHTMARE OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE has come home to roost at the SAN ONOFRE nuke reactors south of Los Angeles. The tremendous grassroots victory of the No Nukes movement in shutting this horrible plant is now followed by the harsh realities of dealing with the immense quantities of lethal radioactive fuel rods and other ridiculous residue sitting by the ocean.

So we hear from DONNA GILMORE and ACE HOFFMAN on the technical, economic and political realities of managing this material. We hear, as expected, about how Southern California Edison is doing all it can to cheap out on dealing with this stuff and what it might take to get it managed properly. See Sanonofresafety.org.

We are then joined by MARC ASH of READER SUPPORTED NEWS for our first conversation about progressive websites on the internet. Coming out of the Al Gore campaign in 2000, Marc helped pioneer the world of disseminating important news and information. He warns, among other things, that net neutrality is not a done deal and is now under fire in federal court in Washington DC. See Harvey’s latest RSN piece at: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/34737-focus-why-we-must-now-adopt-the-qohio-planq-to-prevent-the-qstrip-a-flipq-of-american-elections

Stay tuned for future shows on both these incredibly important topics.

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It’s All About Food – Aubry Walch, Ryan Strandjord, Deanna Dylan Scott – 01.19.16

Part I: Aubry Walch and Ryan Strandjord, The Herbivorous Butcher

Sister and brother duo Aubry and Kale Walch have spent the last several years perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats. Aubry has been a vegan for 18 years and has spent over a decade creating meat-free alternatives to many the foods that she grew up with on Guam, a place where cooking was a deep-rooted part of everyday life and each meal consisted of at least two different kinds of meat or seafood, not to mention a wide variety of flavors, spices, and textures, blending Guamanian cuisine with culinary cultures from across the world.

After years of watching Aubry thrive as a strict vegan, Kale Walch followed suit and became vegan. Over the past four years, he has developed a keen sense for the many ingredients and methods that go into making the most flavorful, nutritious and satisfying meat alternatives. Having made the change from omnivore to vegan more recently, he is able to invoke the flavors of his previous “meat palate” to create realistic and tastefully accurate meat-alternatives.

Aubry Walch is President of The Herbivorous Butcher, and Ryan Strandjord is Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer.

Part II: Deanna Dylan Scott, One Vegan Mama

Deanna Dylan Scott is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is the author of the book One Vegan Mamawhich she will be discussing. She also writes a monthly column for The New Vegan Times. She served on the Tarzana Neighborhood Council board for 2 years and created The Animal Welfare committee. She takes special interest in the welfare of children and animals. She has a 4-year-old daughter named Ever who is her vegan animal rescuer sidekick.

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Black Agenda Radio – 09.07.15

– The number of inmates in solitary confinement in California’s prisons should be sharply reduced following settlement of a suit brought by prisoners. California leads the nation in the number of inmates held in solitary confinement, with nearly 3,000 prisoners languishing in isolation. The Center for Constitutional Rights represented the inmates in court. We spoke with the Center’s deputy legal director, Alexi Agathocleous.

– Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was shouted down by protesters when she announced draconian proposals that would target each of the city’s 10,000 people on parole or probation for surprise searches by police, on the street or in their homes, night or day. Ex-offender found to be in violation of any of a long list of rules, could be detained for 72 hours, and then put on a path back to prison. Mayor Bowser claims she’s just responding to a rising homicide rate.

– Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo is an activist with the Hands Up Coalition-DC and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. She calls Mayor Bowser’s plan The Fugitive Slave Act of 2015.

– Ajamu Baraka is also an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. Baraka is a co-founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network. He currently lives in Colombia, South America, where he recently took part in a conference of the principal Afro-Colombian self-determinationist organization, the Black Communities Process, or PCN. Colombia is the United States’ closest ally in the region, and holds the world’s record for killing labor organizers. It is second only to Syria in the number of internally displaced persons, most of them Afro-Colombians driven from their traditional lands. Ajamu Baraka says Colombia is one of the most important countries in the African diaspora.

– An independent, Black-produced film on the Ferguson rebellion is making the rounds, this summer. We spoke with producer and director Ralph L. Crowder the Third about his latest documentary, titled, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot Our Youth Movement.”

– Resistance to standardized testing in the public schools is growing by leaps and bounds. Much of the momentum is centered in mostly white suburban districts, but more Black and brown parents are deciding to OPT their children OUT of the high-stakes testing regime. About 20 percent of New York state public school students opted out, in the past school year. Peter Farruggio is on the faculty of the University of Texas, Pan American campus. He’s a long-time educator and anti-privatization activist. We asked Dr. Farruggio if the Opt-Out campaign has gotten big enough to be called a movement.