In this episode, we present highlights of Ralph’s conversations with activists Lois Gibbs, David Helvarg, and Anna Myers, journalists Jim Naureckas and Bill Curry, and scholars Gar Alperovitz and Paul Pillar.
Ralph welcomes journalists Molly Sinclair McCartney, who tells us exactly which vested interests keep us in a state of perpetual war, and David Dayen, who tells us the incredible story of how three ordinary citizens blew the lid off of the largest consumer crime in American history.
In a fast paced and lively hour, Ralph interviews media critic, Mickey Huff, of Project Censored, eco-pioneer, David Freeman, who is trying to shut down the last nuclear power plant in California at Diablo Canyon, and food and nutrition expert, Dr. Gordon Douglas. Plus listener questions!
Continuing to promote the Breaking Through Power conference, Ralph welcomes Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author, Chris Hedges, former New York City Public Advocate, Mark Green, and executive vice-president of the Pension Rights Center, Karen Friedman.
Ralph promotes a conference he is organizing called “Breaking Through Power” at Constitution Hall in Washington DC where leading experts in the public interest field will be talking about how to renew the spirit of civic action that came on the heels of Ralph's seminal work Unsafe At Any Speed. Guests today include America’s #1 populist, Jim Hightower, founder of Consumer Watchdog, Harvey Rosenfield, and executive director of Veterans For Peace, Michael McPhearson.
In two very high energy and passionate interviews, Ralph talks to former Green Party running mate, Winona LaDuke, about her fight to stop a tar sands pipeline from running through tribal lands in Minnesota and Kai Newkirk, one of the organizers of Democracy Spring, a protest to highlight the corruption of money in politics.
Professor Robert Ashford explains how turning labor into capital can benefit everyone. And Greenpeace’s Rick Hind let’s us know if how to find out if you are living near a toxic chemical plant. Plus, Ralph answers more listener questions.
Renowned environmentalist, Denis Hayes, talks to us about how we should reduce our meat consumption for the good of the planet, while former General Motors exec, Nicholas Kachman, tells us the real cause of GM’s 2008 bankruptcy and also discusses with Ralph how GM should have been a good corporate citizen and warned the people of Flint about the lead in the water. Plus, Ralph grills David about - of all things – music.