Political Analysis

From the grassroots to Washington and beyond, the realities of politics and power are routinely cloaked in euphemism and evasion.

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Feb 28th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 12:19 pm
On tonight's Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest presents the seventh part of PRN's ongoing series of programs, titled "UNHARMONIC CONVERGENCE." 

In this segment, Sandy looks at "Nuclear Power's Deadly Legacy: Leaks, LIes and Lethal Waste," exploring the unresolved -- and seemingly unresolveable -- issue of nuclear waste; the recent and ongoing "epidemic" of nuclear accidents, spills and leaks here in the US and across the globe and the shroud of secrecy that surrounds the nuclear industry and all of its activities.

Joining Sandy to discuss these and other nuclear issues, Beyond Nuclear Executive Director Kevin Kamps. Kevin Kamps is a Radioactive Waste Watchdog, specializing in nuclear waste transportation and management. Other topics discussed: A new report (Mobilizing Nuclear Biaspublished in Japan Focus. The report reveals how the US and Japanese governments knew far more than they've admitted (to this day) about the radioactive contamination of sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan; a radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico; new leaks coming out of Fukushima Daiichi; and an important piece of nuclear waste legislation, known as the Nuclear Waste Administration Act (S 1240).

At the end of the show, they tell listeners how they can plug in to stop the "nuclear madness."

Beyond Nuclear is a non-profit working to educate and activate the public about the connections between nuclear power and nuclear weapons and the need to abandon both to safeguard our future. Beyond Nuclear advocates for an energy future that is sustainable, benign and democratic.

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Feb 20th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
California Hot Spots -- Hiding in Plain Sight



Tonight on Political Analysis, as anti-nuclear activists in the "Golden State" (aka California) focus much of their attention on the radiation coming from Fukushima, Sandy LeonVest reports that we may be missing a far more insidious -- and equally dangerous -- threat. Only this one is hiding in our own front yards. 


Political Analysis shines a light on the long-buried (and highly toxic) legacy that has been poisoning California communities -- especially low-income and non-white communities -- since the Cold War Era. 

Joining Sandy to discuss these California Hot Spots -- and the environmental racism connection -- journalist Michael Steinberg and disaster preparedness expert Chuck McCune.

Michael Steinberg is an environmental justice activist, a journalist and the author of countless books, including The End of Tobacco Road and In My Father's House. He recently wrote an extensive article (published at Black Rain Press) on the radioactive contamination of the San Francisco Bay Area -- including Treasure Island, Hunters Point and the Farallon Islands.  

Chuck McCune is CEO of McCune Solar Works and executive director of the Prizm Foundation, which works to help low income communities build durable, sustainable solutions to 21st century problems. 

Learn more about the Prizm Foundation or Chuck McCune at: www.prizm.org

Learn more about Michael Steinberg or his work at: www.blackrainpress.org

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Feb 13th, 2014 by progressiveradionetwork at 6:00 pm
Fossil Fueled Disasters --  
Pipelines, Pollution and Propaganda


In the wake of a disastrous week for the US fossil fuel industry and the environment -- including (but not limited to) a massive coal slurry spill at a plant owned by Patriot Coal in West Virginia, a gas well explosion at Chevron's facility in Dilliner, Pennsylvania and another gas explosion in Tioga, North Dakota, Sandy LeonVest presents Part 5 of PRN's series UNHARMONIC CONVERGENCE.

This week's segment "Pipelines, Pollution and Propaganda" features Alex Lotorto, of the Energy Justice Network and Dr. Sean Sweeney, co-author of the groundbreaking report, “Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

Alex Lotorto, a union delegate for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) talks to Sandy about the Blue-Green Alliance conference in Washington DC, which took place this week, as well as the current split among labor groups, with respect to the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL). He debunks the "jobs versus environment" myth, and discusses how labor and the climate change movement can coalesce in a way that promotes both decent-paying jobs and a livable planet. Later in the hour, the Global Labor Institute's Dr. Sean Sweeney joins the discussion to talk about his groundbreaking report: "“Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline”
 
Dr. Sean Sweeney is the director of Cornell University's Global Labor Institute and co-author of “Pipe Dreams: Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost in the Construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline” 
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On tonight's Political Analysis, as the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Fukushima disaster approaches, Sandy LeonVest revisits the ties between the nuclear industry and the corporate-owned “mainstream” media. 

During the first segment, she is joined by DeSmog Blog's Steve Horn for an update on the Keystone XL pipeline -- and the curiously timed release of the Obama state department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Later, she is joined by Mickey Huff (Project Censored) and Kevin Kamps (Beyond Nuclear) to discuss the importance of an independent media in these dire and increasingly undemocratic times.

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