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January 30, 2015 at 11:12:03
Shut It Down Now! Former Nuclear Plant Technician Bob Rowen on Nuclear Power

Bob Rowen was a Humboldt PG&E IBEW 1245 nuclear control technician at the power plant. He talks about being a control technician at the plant and what happened when he began to stand up for health and safety as a whistleblower. His fight to protect the workers and the community cost him his job when he raised health and safety concerns and he along with another nuclear control technician Forrest Williams were retaliated against and illegally terminated. He also recounts an effort to set up a criminal conspiracy frame-up by PG&E to charge him with planning to blow up the plant and a false document was sent to the FBI to blacklist him throughout the country to prevent him from working in any other nuclear plant in the US. He also reports on the role of his union IBEW 1245 and the media when a reporter from NBC Donald Widener tried to cover the story and was retaliated against by PG&E in actions that destroyed his career.

 

January 30, 2015 at 10:42:51
"It Started as Just a Hope": Robert Redford on Founding the Sundance Film Festival

We speak with director, actor and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford about the festival's history, now celebrating its 31st anniversary. Sundance is now among the largest film festivals in the country, with some 50,000 attendees. However, it looked very different when it began more than three decades ago. "The first year, there was maybe 150 people that showed up. We had one theater, maybe 10 documentaries and 20 films, and now it's grown to the point where it's kind of like a wild horse," Redford says. We also discuss the festival's efforts to promote women, people of color and young people -- on both sides of the camera. This comes as the latest "Celluloid Ceiling" report from researchers at San Diego State University has found men directed 93 percent of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2014. Women directed just 7 percent, a decrease of 2 percent compared to 1998.

 

January 30, 2015 at 10:38:24
Moving Your Money: An Interview With Finance Expert Michael Shuman

Why is it so hard to invest your money locally? Grassroots activists trying to build economic alternatives in the US encourage investing in the businesses in your neighborhood, instead of in far-off corporations. It turns out that it's not so easy to move your money; there are even laws against it in the US. We talk with local finance expert Michael Shuman, and profile a grassroots success story CERO Group that's funding its start-up without deep pockets or Wall St cash. All that and a few thoughts on the NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg you won't find in the US media.

 

January 29, 2015 at 12:13:12
Punished for Playing by the Rules

A woman sells produce last year at a vegetable market in Athens. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis for The New York Times) Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the international business editor at The Telegraph, recently wrote that Europe's slide toward deflation amounts to a "betrayal" of Southern Europe. This sounds over the top, but it is the simple truth. So let me elaborate with a picture I find illuminating.

 

January 29, 2015 at 12:13:12
Punished for Playing by the Rules

A woman sells produce last year at a vegetable market in Athens. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis for The New York Times) Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, the international business editor at The Telegraph, recently wrote that Europe's slide toward deflation amounts to a "betrayal" of Southern Europe. This sounds over the top, but it is the simple truth. So let me elaborate with a picture I find illuminating.

 

January 29, 2015 at 12:04:36
Save Us From Washington's Visionaries: In (Modest) Praise of a Comforting Mediocrity

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America's peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France "to share a hug with all of Paris." Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary's embrace went unrecorded. Despite the requisite reference to General Pershing ("Lafayette, we are here!") and flying James Taylor in from the 1960s to assure Parisians that "You've Got a Friend," in the annals of American diplomacy Kerry's hug will likely rank with President Eisenhower's award of the Legion of Merit to Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" and Jimmy Carter's acknowledgment of the "admiration and love" said to define the relationship between the Iranian people and their Shah.  In short, it was a moment best forgotten.

 

January 29, 2015 at 12:04:36
Save Us From Washington's Visionaries: In (Modest) Praise of a Comforting Mediocrity

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America's peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France "to share a hug with all of Paris." Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary's embrace went unrecorded. Despite the requisite reference to General Pershing ("Lafayette, we are here!") and flying James Taylor in from the 1960s to assure Parisians that "You've Got a Friend," in the annals of American diplomacy Kerry's hug will likely rank with President Eisenhower's award of the Legion of Merit to Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" and Jimmy Carter's acknowledgment of the "admiration and love" said to define the relationship between the Iranian people and their Shah.  In short, it was a moment best forgotten.

 

January 29, 2015 at 10:48:02
Why Is Hollywood Rewarding Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin for Glamorizing the CIA?

The Screen Actors Guild has nominated Claire Danes of Homeland for its Best Actress Award.  It has also nominated Danes, Mandy Patinkin and the rest of the Homeland cast for the Outstanding Ensemble Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danes for its Golden Globe Award.  Though Ms. Danes and the Homeland supporting castbdid not win the Award, the nominations themselves are a valuable honor, and a troubling sign.

 

January 29, 2015 at 10:48:02
Why Is Hollywood Rewarding Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin for Glamorizing the CIA?

The Screen Actors Guild has nominated Claire Danes of Homeland for its Best Actress Award.  It has also nominated Danes, Mandy Patinkin and the rest of the Homeland cast for the Outstanding Ensemble Award. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Danes for its Golden Globe Award.  Though Ms. Danes and the Homeland supporting cast did not win the Award, the nominations themselves are a valuable honor, and a troubling sign.

 

January 29, 2015 at 10:02:56
Sen. Barbara Boxer on Campus Rape Bill, Climate Skeptics and Why She Supports Obama's War on ISIS

Amy Goodman interviews one of the Senate's leading advocates for changing the way both universities and the military respond to sexual violence - California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. Boxer talks about her proposed bill to require advocates for sexual assault victims on college campuses, her plans to retire from the Senate in 2016, and why she supports President Obama's campaign against the Islamic State. "War is a last resort, never a first resort," Boxer says. "I don't support going to war and sending combat troops. I support President Obama's plan, which is not to do that, but to make sure we can help people fight against this terror group."

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