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Blowing the Whistle, Paying the Price


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Image by: U.S. Geological Survey  A deformed baby duck found at Kesterson NWR.

A deformed baby duck found at Kesterson NWR. Image by: U.S. Geological Survey.

Heroes to many, traitors to some. The internet has put whistleblowers in the public eye, and the government’s crosshairs. With increased access to classified information, and the ability to spread it, the world’s biggest institutions are running scared and cracking down.

On this week’s show, we hear about the whistleblowers we don’t see on the nightly news. They’re not named Manning or Snowden, they’re ordinary people who report wrongdoing at their place of employment, and pay the consequences.

Kerry Klein brings us the story of a true old fashioned whistleblower, an employee of the US Fish and Wildlife Service who spoke out about selenium poisoning in Central California.

We interview Eileen Chubb, founder of Compassion and Care, a group that supports those trying to improve the elder care system, including whistleblowers and she also help start the Whistler, a group of whistleblowers from various fields. She talks about the failures of the UK’s 1998 Public Interest Disclosure Act (PICA) supposedly the strongest whistle-blower protection law in the world.


  • Eileen Chubb, founder of Compassion in Care and The Whistler
  • Felix Smith, former US Department of Fish & Wildlife biologist
  • Gary Santolo, wildlife biologist and toxicologist
  • Lloyd Carter, former environmental reporter
  • Stephen Kohn, National Whistleblowers Center director

Host: Andrew Stelzer

Contributing Producer: Kerry Klein

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