Please support our programs

radio stories and voices to take action

Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power
Nov09

Women Rising 32: Pt 2 Phasing Out Nuclear Power

  As nuclear plant accidents mount, and nuclear waste becomes a greater threat to health and safety worldwide,  {and a new President Trump will influence nuclear policy} Women Rising Radio features veteran activists at the center of the movement to phase out nuclear energy, power and research. We revisit Chernobyl, Fukushima, Three Mile Island and many less well known disasters  –  and hear about real solutions to the problem of nuclear energy. Featuring: Claire Greensfelder, International Forum on Globalization, Women in Europe for a Common Future, and the Global Women’s Call for Climate Justice, former nuclear campaign director for Greenpeace. Aileen Mioko Smith, director of Green Action Japan. Ursula Sladek, founder of Shoenau Energy Company in Germany. Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Jackie Sojico Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo credit: 8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs, photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence Music Credit:  8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest musicians, with special thanks to Stefan Kelly More Information: Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes” Hiromi Kawakami, “God Bless You, 2011” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story. ICAN, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear  Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy  Samira Goetschel City 40 Western States Legal Foundation “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO Nuclear Free Future Women in Europe for a Common Future No Nukes Action Committee Fairewinds Energy Education Solartopia INOCHI for Life International Women’s Call for Climate Justice Shoenau Energy Company WEDO, Women’s Environment and Development...

Read More
Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists
Oct12

Women Rising 31: Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

As relations between the United States and Russian governments continue to deteriorate, people are growing concerned that we’re on the brink of another nuclear arms race.  Both the U.S. and Russia are modernizing their nuclear arsenals.  According to Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, “it’s frighteningly easy to imagine how something could go wrong in that situation.” Women Rising Radio takes us inside the movement for nuclear disarmament, to meet the women on the front lines of the fight for a future free of nuclear weapons.  From the US to Russia, the UK, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Japan, these dedicated advocates make the case for returning to the Nonproliferation Treaty and fulfilling its mandate. Featuring:  Jackie Cabasso, Executive Director of Western States Legal Foundation, Mayors for Peace, and Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate NuclearWeapons. Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Marshall Islands Senator, member of Marshall Islands delegation arguing the case against 9 nuclear nations at the International Court of Justice. Kate Hudson, General Secretary of Britain’s Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and National Secretary for the Left Unity party in the UK. Nadezda Kutepova, born and raised in a secret city, in Ozyorsk,  Russia, survivor of the explosion of the Mayak nuclear weapons plant. Sharon Dolev, Israeli Disarmament Movement. Fujiko Yoshikawa, writer, Rafu Shimpo newspaper in Los Angeles, Japanese language magazine TV Fan.  She and her family lived in a village near Hiroshima in Japan, when the atom bomb fell August 6, 1945.  Credits: Host: Sandina Robbins Contributing Producer: Lynn Feinerman Audio Engineer: Stephanie Welch Audio Recordist: Nicolo Scolieri Photo Credits: “8/9 Nagasaki Day Protest at Livermore Labs,” photo by The Resource Center for Nonviolence rcnv.org via Twitter @RNCV1  More information Fujiko Yoshikawa, “Requiem Notes,” visit our Featured Essays page for the entire story.  http://www.womenrisingradio.com/explore/featured-essay/ Helen Caldicott, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer, http://thenewpress.com/books/nuclear-power-not-answer Samira Goetschel  City 40, http://www.city40film.com/ Western States Legal Foundation, http://www.wslfweb.org/ “Interview with Nadezhda Kutepova,” Planet of Hopes, VIDEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mifSiUvzh9A Israeli Disarmament Movement, http://disarmament.org.il/english/ Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Britain, http://www.cnduk.org/ Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, http://lcnp.org/ Marshall Islands Lawsuit ICJ, http://lcnp.org/RMI/ Nuclear Zero — and Petition for the Marshall Islands  http://nuclearzero.org/ New York Times  Marshall Islands at UN Court http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/06/world/asia/marshall-islands-un-court-nuclear-disarmament.html?_r=1 Nuclear Free Future, http://www.nuclear-free-future.com/ Women in Europe for a Common Future, http://www.wecf.eu/ No Nukes Action Committee, https://nonukesaction.wordpress.com/ Fairewinds Energy Education, http://www.fairewinds.org/ Solartopia, http://solartopia.org/ Nuclear Age Peace Foundation https://www.wagingpeace.org/ #HumanizeNotModernize...

Read More
Coffee: Trouble Brewing?
Aug24

Coffee: Trouble Brewing?

It’s the second most-traded commodity in the world after oil but how much do you think about your cup of coffee? From coffee farmers in Colombia to the trash produced by your single-cup coffee machine, Making Contact and Green Grid Radio team up to count the costs of your morning cup o’joe. Featuring: Jairo Martinez, Mariana Cruz, Suzana Angarita, coffee farmers Jeff Goldman, former executive director Fairtrade Resource Network Jeff Chean, Principal and Chief Coffee Guy Groundworks Roasters John Hazen, single-cup coffee machine owner Rebecca Jewell, recycling program manager for Davis Street Transfer Station Credits Hosts: George Lavender and Mallory Smith Contributing Producers: Laura Flynn, Jennifer Dunn, Mallory Smith Music: Pensacola Twilight: Lee Rosevere Cafetero: Christian Martinez Grand Caravan: Blue Dot Sessions Them Never Love No Bans: Hot Fire  La Boite A Sons – Contest Contributions: Various Artists Or listen to separate segments: From Bean To Cup Over 500,000 Colombian families depend on coffee farming to survive. But 5 decades of war between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitaries forced millions of Colombians to flee their land and abandon their crops. In recent years the violence has decreased and many farmers have returned to their land, but getting back to farming hasn’t been easy. Jennifer Dunn reports on how Colombia’s small-scale coffee farmers are struggling to protect their crops and their way of life. Fairtrade v Fairtrade Fairtrade is Fairtrade right? Wrong. As Mallory Smith of Green Grid Radio found out, in 2012 the Fairtrade movement suffered an ugly breakup that resulted in two different organizations, both claiming the Fairtrade label, but with different visions of what it stood for… Kill the K-Cup? Single-cup brewing is wildly popular- partly because it’s marketed as being so easy- you simply pop the pod in the machine and you have a cup of coffee. But it’s what happens to that little pod after you’re done making coffee that’s causing concern. Making Contact producer Laura Flynn decided to find out what happens next.. < p id=”E74″ class=”qowt-stl-BodyText”> More information: Green Grid Radio Fair trade lite: Fair Trade USA moves away from worker co-ops Hijacked Organic, Limited Local, Faulty Fair Trade Groundwork Coffee Roundup on the Fair Trade USA/FLO Split FWP’s Statement on Fair Trade USA s Resignation from Fairtrade International (FLO) A Schism Over Fair Trade A Brewing Problem Your Coffee Pods Dirty Secret How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee Kill the K-Cup...

Read More
After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change
May04

After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change

Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction. Featuring: Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health. Credits Host: Laura Flynn Contributing Producer: Aurora Almendral Thanks: Cloud Mountain Foundation and Park Foundation for support of this program More information Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration: Types of Disaster Psychologists for Social Responsibility: Climate change and mental health NJ Spotlight: More Than 25% of Sandy Victims Still Experience Mental-Health Aftereffects NJ Spotlight:  State Tries To Reach People With Post-Sandy Mental Health Issues NJ Spotlight: Sandy Survivors Still Bear Emotional Scars Of Their Ordeal NJ Spotlight: Rebuilding Lives: Helping Sandy Survivors Deal with Depression Monmouth University: NJ Survivor Panel: Survivor Mental...

Read More

Not a Drop to Drink: our dwindling access to clean drinking water

It’s something many of us take for granted: access to clean drinking water. But for many Americans it’s not something they can rely on.  From chemical spills in  West Virginia to ecoli in the water on the Texas-Mexico border, to contamination from farming in California. On this edition, we hear what happens when there’s not a drop to drink. Featuring: Angela Walker, Charleston resident Neena Satija, environment reporter Texas Tribune Daisy Gonzalez and Vicente Lara, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water Horacio Amezquita, resident San Jerado Credits: Host: George Lavender Contributing Producers: Laura Allen, Rachel Gottfried, Jing Niu More information Undrinkable The Untold Story of What Happened at An Overcrowded West Virginia Jail Study Warns of MCHM toxicity Colorado Spill Environmental Justice Coalition for Water UC Berkeley Stronach...

Listen
After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change
Feb17

After Disaster: Picking up the pieces in an age of climate change

Among the effects of climate change are more extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan, Superstorm Sandy, and a severe drought stretching across much of the Western United States. On this edition of Making Contact we’ll take a deeper look at the social and psychological impacts of climate change, and the weight of inaction. Featuring: Niki Stanley and Derice Klass, Far Rockaway residents Zardos V. Abela, firefighter for the Bureau of Fire Protection in Tacloban, Philippines Abigail Gewirtz,  psychologist at the University of Minnesota Stephan Wasik, Valley Fire survivor Jeff Keenan, Valley Fire survivor Erica Petersen, Valley Fire survivor Manuel Orozco, Behavioral Health Fiscal Manager, Lake County Behavioral Health. Credits Host: Laura Flyn Contributing Producer: Aurora Almendral Thanks: Cloud Mountain Foundation and Park Foundation for support of this program More information Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration: Types of Disaster Psychologists for Social Responsibility: Climate change and mental health NJ Spotlight: More Than 25% of Sandy Victims Still Experience Mental-Health Aftereffects NJ Spotlight:  State Tries To Reach People With Post-Sandy Mental Health Issues NJ Spotlight: Sandy Survivors Still Bear Emotional Scars Of Their Ordeal NJ Spotlight: Rebuilding Lives: Helping Sandy Survivors Deal with Depression Monmouth University: NJ Survivor Panel: Survivor Mental...

Read More