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Remembering Doris "Granny D." Haddock
- and her fight to get money out of politics
At a time when the 2010 midterm elections set a record for campaign spending; and a new populism is on the rise that contains elements of anger and racism it's good to remember Doris "Granny D." Haddock the amazing, eloquent, funny grandmother who gave the last 15 years of her life to getting money out of politics and to embody a populism that is fueled by love, compassion and a bright, clear sense of justice.

Granny D. was best known for walking, in her 90th year, from Los Angeles to Washington DC to tell those she met along the way that there is a way to restore democracy by removing the privilege of money. Among the many proposals for campaign finance reform that she pursued, one national piece of legislation was then under debate, the McCain Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act - and she is widely credited for galvanizing the public support that helped pass that Act in 2002.

She had worked on campaign finance reform on the state level before her walk and she continued to do so when she returned home in March 2000. For another decade she did vigils, was arrested, met with over half the Senators and about 100 House members. She walked 300 miles across Missouri with the Alliance for Democracy and founded a group that pushed the New Hampshire state legislature to create the Citizen Funded Election Task Force.

Granny D. died March 9, 2010, at the age of 100. Just before her death, which came very suddenly, she had jokingly discussed with her friends and supporters what it would be like to walk across the country again to call attention to the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled corporations are persons and have First Amendment rights and that the government cannot impose restrictions on their political speech. That decision cleared the way for corporations and other special interest groups to spend the record amounts of money which we see in the 2010 midterm election.

Granny D. left behind a treasure of writings, recorded speeches, and an inspiring diary of her 1999/2000 walk across America - some of which you will be able to enjoy in this double program. Molly Ivins said about her her: Granny D, gives you "the strength, courage and optimism to keep fighting for change." Thanks to <http://www.humanmedia.org/> for clips of Molly Ivins, Jim Hightower and Dennis Burke. David Freudberg produced a beautiful one hour portrait of Granny D. that you can access at: <http://www.humanmedia.org/catalog/program.php?products_id=104> And thanks to Amy Goodman of <http://www.democracynow.org/> for parts of her interview with Granny D. during her Senate campaign.
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Ellen Brown
THE FINANCIAL HIJACKING OF AMERICA
How and why to escape the web of debt
This is a talk about the trillion dollar bailout of the too large to fail banks and how it relates to the underlying crisis caused by the private control of the US - and soon the world's - money supply. Brown has an intriguing theory that she sets out to prove: Congress was initially not very interested in a bailout of the banks and needed to be shown, she says, that the situation was serious and that more money than ever before had to flow from taxpayers and the Federal Reserve into the banking system. In part ONE of her talk Ellen Brown runs down the incidents that led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers. She asks whether Lehman was purposefully bombed with short and naked short sales, and then was left unsupported by fellow banks in order to prove to Congress and to us that the crisis was serious. She quotes from a NY Times headline: "Lehman had to die, it seems, so global finance could live."

In part TWO Ellen Brown covers the little known but highly consequential role of the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland. The BIS serves as a bank for central banks and is not accountable to any national government. It plays an increasingly important role in the ever centralizing global financial system. Brown points to the risk of formalizing the money system for the world as the unregulated and unaccountable private domain of private banks - a process that is taking place right now. And you are about to hear about the Bank of North Dakota, an amazing, little known, highly successful state owned bank founded in 1919 and flourishing today. She suggests that California adopt that model to solve both the budget and the overall financial crisis - as 5 states are already planning to do. Washington, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts and Virginia have bills pending for state owned banks.

Ellen Brown is the author of Web of Debt, a book about the Federal Reserve. She shows how the private banking cartel has usurped the power to create money, and how we the people can take back that power. You can see the film of this presentation on: <http://understandingdeeppolitics.org/conference-video>
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Michael Ruppert
COLLAPSE
This is a one hour program based on the movie Collapse. Shot in only two days in May 2009 in an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles the film has become an internet sensation. Pirated almost 2 million times before its official release as DVD in June 2010 the film has undercut the censorship of oil and money. <http://www.collapsemovie.com/>

Beginning with a surprising number of favorable reviews, including from the New York and Los Angeles Times, the film continues to expand attention in spite of its stark and scary message:  A collapsing global financial system and the end of an abundant supply of oil are removing the underpinnings of the current economic system. Michael Ruppert says that human industrial civilization is collapsing, and that it becomes impossible to sustain the way of life we have been living. <http://www.mikeruppert.blogspot.com/>

Here is paraphrased, what Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in the New York Times after the premiere of the movie Collapse: Since 2001, Michael Ruppert has devoted his life, two books and a self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness, to connecting the dots between population, economics and energy, and concluding that the center will not hold. Lucidly and with weary conviction, he cites evidence for a declining global oil supply, like costly offshore drilling, and demolishes hopes pinned on substitutes like ethanol (“a complete joke”) and clean coal (“no such thing”). He is shockingly persuasive, and the majority of his premises are verifiable. - end of paraphrased NY Times review.

Richard Heinberg, author of The Party is Over said about Ruppert's most recent book: Confronting Collapse: "Ruppert has an unblemished track record for saying things that are incendiary, outrageous, shocking - and true. Our new president needs desperately to hear the uncomfortable message of this book about energy and the economy, and so do the rest of us."

In the first part of the radio version of Collapse I focus on Ruppert's line of arguments around Peak Oil. There are several respected researchers who also argue that we have reached Peak, the halfway point between the discovery and the end of oil where oil companies take greater and greater risks to tap the last remaining oil fields - as the disastrous British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico shows. In part two Ruppert addresses the collapse of the fuel based agriculture and of the financial system.
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Frances Moore Lappé
GETTING A GRIP

Barbara Kingsolver says of Frances Moore Lappé's most recent book: Getting a Grip, “This is not an ordinary book; it’s more like a new pair of glasses, allowing you to see everything around you with greater clarity. Suddenly the world is more comprehensible, even more beautiful."

Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Diet for a Small Planet was the first book to expose the enormous waste built into U.S. grain-fed meat production. For Frances that was a powerful symbol of a global food system that is creating hunger out of plenty. Eating a planet-centered diet, she argued, means choosing what is best for the earth and our bodies—a daily action that reminds us of our power to create a saner world.

France Moore Lappé asks several important questions: how can we make sense of the fact that we are creating a world that none of us individually would chose and - what are the causal forces that produce this needless suffering. She lays out how we can draw on the resources that lie dormant in every human being. Neuroscience, she says, affirms that human beings are predisposed or "softwired," for empathy, cooperation, fairness, and the desire to have power, to be imaginative and to create.

Lappé's  work of the last two decades is dedicated to help set free those creative forces that produce real democracy and to collect inspiring international examples of where this is already happening. <http://www.smallplanet.org/>
Recorded at Yoga Mendocino, Ukiah, CA on April 11, 2010
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
and people of Willits
END OF INDUSTRIAL CIVILIZATION
and Wild Dreams of a New Beginning
Documentary of an art exhibition under the title of End of Industrial Civilization in the small former logging town of Willits, CA, with poems and paintings by Ferlinghetti; and collages, and photos from Indian reservations by Maria Gilardin.

The program opens with the Ferlinghetti poem: Wild Dreams of a New Beginning, written in 1974, about the mile high tidal wave that runs over Los Angeles which sinks like the Titanic, all lights lit; crosses the country to sweep Manhattan Island clean in 16 seconds. The washed land then awakes again to wilderness, and the Indians reclaim their canoes.

The poem was part of an art exhibition in Willits, CA, around the theme: End of Industrial Civilization, with poems and paintings by Ferlinghetti; and collages, and photos from Indian reservations by Maria Gilardin. The show also included a small library with The Airconditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller and Kirkpatrick Sale's article: Lessons from the Luddites.

Sale had written in the Nation in 1995 that we need to set limits on technology: "As our own daily experience has convinced us, we in the industrial world are in the middle of a social and political revolution that is almost without parallel. ..This transformation is, without anyone being prepared for it, overwhelming the communities and institutions and customs that once were the familiar stanchions of our lives.

Resistors to industrial civilization, Sale said, .. could find their most useful models in the 19th century Luddites who fought the introduction of the huge mechanized looms and child labor. "It was not all machinery that the Luddites opposed, but "all Machinery hurtful to Commonality," as a March 1812 letter to a hated manufacturer put it.
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THE REAL PATCH ADAMS
How to eliminate greed and profit in health care
In the 1998 movie Robin Williams played Patch Adams, the funny doctor with a red clown's nose, the young man who almost committed suicide but then found joy in becoming a physician and taking care of people. That movie made Patch Adams a folk hero but it also undermined the deeper meaning of the healing project that he and his friends were and are building today.

In this program Patch Adams gives a review of the history of his project, the Gesundheit Institute, <http://www.patchadams.org> lists some of the international activities on behalf of orphans, prevention of child sexual slavery and women's mortality in childbirth. Adams now wants to build a full hospital based on the principles of healing that he laid out in this talk.

One week before this talk, Adams was invited by Republican congress members to talk about health care. This program includes his report of his defense of Single Payer to a group that had applauded Cheney and Rove a week earlier.

Patch Adams was recorded on July 5, 2009 in Willits, CA. Justin Briggs operated the audio system.
HERE IS A 50 SEC PROMO (783KB)
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THE CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT
A phone conversation with the Executive Director Cathryn Couch and client Katherine Kraemer.
In the California town of Sebastopol high school students meet for two hours after school on a day of their choice to cook organic healing food for people with serious health problems. Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture and generosity, Ceres, this project is almost entirely based on gifts. The teenage volunteers enjoy cooking so much that there is a waiting list. Sonoma County organic farmers donate most of the food, the use of the first kitchen was donated by a church, and volunteers are bringing the prepared dishes to the homes of the clients. These clients, and often their whole family receive a week's worth of beautifully prepared food as gift for up to three months. After that time they are asked to contribute. Their donation to the Ceres Community Project can be as little as $5 a week.

The Ceres Project is young - it started in March of 2007 - but it has touched so many lives, and inspired such gratitude and a kind of generosity that increased fourfold the number of meals provided in 2008. In early 2009 there is already the first attempt to duplicate the project in a neighboring county.

The Ceres Project came to the attention of another community organization, the West Marin radio station KWMR <http://kwmr.org/> and Mike Litchfield, host of the series: Heading Home. When Ceres Project founder Cathryn Couch first appeared on the air the station received so many requests to hear her again that Cathryn came back on the air in March of 2009. Thanks to KWMR and Mike Litchfield for allowing the re-broadcast of the program.

Part ONE: Interview with Cathryn Couch, Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project.
Part TWO: Conversation with Ceres Community Project client Katherine Kraemer who is going through chemotherapy. Cathryn Couch is participating as well.
Both interviews are made by phone. Recorded on March 10, 2009.
The web site of the Ceres Project is <http://www.ceresproject.org>
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Stephen Zarlenga
THE AMERICAN MONETARY ACT
Solving the Financial Crisis by Monetary Reform
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has posted the following on his web site:
"The U.S. monetary reform is urgently needed: It is long past time we look at the
 implications of . . . the privatization of money created by the 1913 Federal Reserve Act, the bank fractional reserve system and our debt-based economic system. Unless we have dramatic reform of monetary policy, the entire economic system will continue to accelerate wealth upwards. I am currently working on drafting legislation for an ‘American Monetary Act’ to address these and other issues in order to protect the economic well being of America."
<http://kucinich.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2786&Itemid=76>

Observers believe that this single measure has the potential of bringing together tens of millions of people who have realized that our bank-run debt-based monetary system lies at the center of the financial crisis. The question is of course - how are these tens of millions going to find out that there is such legislation being developed?

Kucinich is working closely with Stephen Zarlenga, director of the American Monetary Institute <http://www.monetary.org/> and author of: The Lost Science of Money. I interviewed Zarlenga in May 2009 after his return from Washington, DC, where he had briefed members of Congress. A report on the briefing was done by Richard Cook. <http://www.richardccook.com/>
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I just uploaded two excerpts of the film version of this program to YouTube:
Nationalize the Federal Reserve - Remove the Power of Banks to Create Money
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_kbyAl3-AM
Money to The People - NOT to Banks
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA54cgkvc_w
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Tom Greco
THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION

Tom Greco demystifies money and banking and explains the destructive power of the current financial system. He challenges us to recognize that our dreams of a sane, just and ecologically sound future can become reality only if we change the way in which money is created and used.

Tom Greco was recorded at the beginning of his lecture tour for his most recent book: THE END OF MONEY AND THE FUTURE OF CIVILIZATION. A former engineer and college professor, Greco has written on monetary and financial innovation for over 30 years. Earlier books include: New Money for Healthy Communities and Money and Debt, A Solution to the Global Crisis. His web site is http://www.reinventingmoney.com
Kelly Durkin and I recorded him at IONS in Petaluma, CA, on May 5, 2009.
This is NOT a double program.
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This film is an excellent document of his presentation. Greco allowed me to incorporate the slide show that he specifically made for this presentation. Seeing and sharing this films sends you well on your way to set up credit clearing and community currency in your community. For more details then consult his book.

David Korten
COMMUNITY AND THE NEW ECONOMY
Why Wall Street can't be fixed and how to replace it

David Korten is the author of the 2009 book: "Agenda for a New Economy" and chair of the board of YES Magazine. He is probably best known for his famous anti-globalization book: When Corporations Rule the World.

He argues that pouring trillions of dollars in bail-out money into the Wall Street institutions that created the crisis does nothing to repair the failed economic system.

In this speech, given in March 2009 at the NW regional conference of  Veterans for Peace, he analyzes two major flaws of the current economic system and points to ways to replace them. One is the monetary system, the other the concept of ever increasing growth, measured as GDP.
Thanks to Ed Mays of Pirate TV for the recording.
The web site for David Korten is <http://www.davidkorten.org>
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THE CERES COMMUNITY PROJECT
A phone conversation with the Executive Director Cathryn Couch and client Katherine Kraemer.
In the California town of Sebastopol high school students meet for two hours after school on a day of their choice to cook organic healing food for people with serious health problems. Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture and generosity, Ceres, this project is almost entirely based on gifts. The teenage volunteers enjoy cooking so much that there is a waiting list. Sonoma County organic farmers donate most of the food, the use of the first kitchen was donated by a church, and volunteers are bringing the prepared dishes to the homes of the clients. These clients, and often their whole family receive a week's worth of beautifully prepared food as gift for up to three months. After that time they are asked to contribute. Their donation to the Ceres Community Project can be as little as $5 a week.

The Ceres Project is young - it started in March of 2007 - but it has touched so many lives, and inspired such gratitude and a kind of generosity that increased fourfold the number of meals provided in 2008. In early 2009 there is already the first attempt to duplicate the project in a neighboring county.

The Ceres Project came to the attention of another community organization, the West Marin radio station KWMR <http://kwmr.org/> and Mike Litchfield, host of the series: Heading Home. When Ceres Project founder Cathryn Couch first appeared on the air the station received so many requests to hear her again that Cathryn came back on the air in March of 2009. Thanks to KWMR and Mike Litchfield for allowing the re-broadcast of the program.

Part ONE: Interview with Cathryn Couch, Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project.
Part TWO: Conversation with Ceres Community Project client Katherine Kraemer who is going through chemotherapy. Cathryn Couch is participating as well.
Both interviews are made by phone. Recorded on March 10, 2009.
The web site of the Ceres Project is <http://www.ceresproject.org>
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ITHACA COMMUNITY MONEY
A history of the ITHACA HOURS community currency
During the Great Depression when banks were closed so they could be audited - over 400 currencies called SCRIPT were used in the US to buy food and services. When the banks reopened, sometimes several months later, SCRIPT was replaced with the federal currency.

Since the beginning of the financial crisis a resurgence of interest in alternative money systems has led to many new initiatives. A new website in the US called mainstreetcash.org is giving an overview over a huge number of community currencies and computer based trading systems with space for comment and discussion.

Featured on that web site are the Ithaca Hours, the oldest printed paper currency in the US. Founded in 1991 by Paul Glover it has been in continuous use, it's popularity rising and diminishing with fluctuations in the overall economy.

Each paper bill is a small piece of art and a commentary on the federal currency. At the top it says: IN ITHACA WE TRUST. - rather than In God We Trust. The currency is issued for the town of Ithaca and the surrounding farms - which means that the money will benefit local  exchanges and local jobs and can never go away as it does when we take dollars to WalMart.

I'm inviting you to re-visit with me one of the most important journeys I have taken as radio reporter, my 1995 visit to Ithaca. Paul Glover, who founded Ithaca Hours in 1991 is still doing community currency work. I spoke to him in March of 2009 to update the information in this program. His web site is http://www.paulglover.org
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Marilyn Waring
SEX, LIES AND GLOBAL ECONOMICS

The gross domestic product, the GDP, allegedly is an indicator of the well being of a society. Since powerful forces in banking and public policy are driving attempts to increase growth to solve the 2009 financial crisis it is important to listen to the critics of growth.

The GDP formula was invented by John Maynard Keynes who wrote a pamphlet during World War II entitled: The British National Income and How to Pay for the War. In 1953 that Keynesian set of rules was imposed on everybody.  The rules are called The United Nations System of National Accounts. All countries must use them or they will not be allowed to be a member of the UN, or deal with the World Bank and IMF. These unquestioned rules have been used to make public policy for the last 56 years.

Marilyn Waring says that the GDP system counts only cash transactions in the market. In other words it recognizes no value other than money. This means there is no value to peace to the preservation of the environment, and no value to unpaid work. This system leaves out half the population of the planet and the planet itself.

Marilyn Waring's work and intriguing life is described in a documentary film by Terre Nash. I'm bringing back the soundtrack of this film to support a debate on changing the current National Income Accounting using the GDP.

Marilyn Waring is an author, former member of the New Zealand Parliament, and goat farmer. She is Professor of Public Policy at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. The film is distributed by Bullfrog Films in Oley, Pennsylvania.
The web site of the film is: <http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/>
Thanks to Terre Nash for making this film available.
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Paul Grignon
MONEY AS DEBT

An independent movie on the question "Where does money come from?" already has had a huge two year success with well over 2 million viewers on the internet. Now it is seeing another surge of interest because it also explains some of the underpinnings of the current financial crisis.
 
Money as Debt by the Canadian Paul Grignon makes the case that only a small part of our money is created by the government mint that prints or coins it. The vast majority of money is created by banks whenever a loan or mortgage is made. Banks, which are private institutions, are given enormous power to make and manage money and it is well worth today, in light of the crash of so many banks, to look at the monetary system.

The web site of the film is: http://www.moneyasdebt.net
Thanks to Paul Grignon for making his film available.
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Fred Morse
SUN ENGINES AND CONCENTRATED SOLAR POWER (CSP)
A brief history of a carbon free technology that could produce enough electricity to replace coal. CSP was pioneered by US engineers in the late 19th century and lost out to oil and coal. 

President Nixon asked Fred Morse whether solar energy made sense for America. His answer was "definitely yes". Fred Morse went on to manage solar energy in the Department of Energy for Presidents Carter and Reagan until 1989 when the programs were dismantled. Today Morse is the senior adviser for US operations for the Spanish firm Abengoa. They operate in over 70 countries and specialize in solar and bio-energy. Abengoa is trying to build the world's largest CSP plant near Phoenix, AZ. <http://www.abengoasolar.com/sites/solar/en/our_projects/usa/arizona/index.html> Coal and nuclear are lobbying hard to retain the lion's share of loan guarantees in the new stimulus package. (
The interview with Morse was recorded on 2008-08-26 in San Francisco/ Washington DC by phone.)

NOTES:
Our foremost climatologist, NASA's James Hansen, has demonstrated that our only hope of getting our atmosphere back to a safe level - below 350 parts per million CO2 - lies in stopping the use of coal to generate electricity.

Hansen points out that policy devices such as emissions reduction targets and cap-and-trade schemes simply will not work because there is already too much CO2 in the air. Much of the carbon dioxide given off by Robert Stephenson’s “Rocket” locomotive in 1829 is still in the atmosphere. Around 20% will still be present in thousands of years. If carbon dioxide continues to be released, even at the reduced rates now proposed, the amounts that remain will continue to build up. With present-day levels already posing real dangers, today’s policies of emissions reduction and carbon trading represent merely a slightly slower road to climate apocalypse. The lesson, Hansen argues, is that the bulk of the Earth’s remaining fossil fuels must be left untouched.

Thanks to Ken Butti and John Perlin whose book: A Golden Thread describes 2500 years of solar architecture and technology. Also to my friend Alex Carlin who first made me aware of CSP - a technology that has been made to lose out against oil and coal for decades - and that now needs it's day in the sun.
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MORE INFO:
Harvey Wasserman: A $50 Billion nuke power bomb is dropping toward Obama’s stimulus package, January 31, 2009. (Wasserman was on Democracy Now! on this issue on Feb. 5.) <http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/7/2009/1721>

James Hansen, NASA: Tell President Obama About Coal River Mountain
<http://www.columbia.edu/%7Ejeh1/mailings/2009/20090203_CoalRiverMountain.pdf>
Coal River Mountain is the site of an absurdity.  I learned about Coal River Mountain from students at Virginia Tech last fall.  They were concerned about Coal River Mountain, but at that time most of them were working to support Barack Obama.  They assumed Barack Obama would not allow such outrages to continue. The issue at Coal River Mountain is whether the top of the mountain will be blown up, so that coal can be dredged out of it, or whether the mountain will be allowed to stand.


Arjun Makhjijani and David Freeman
IS NUCLEAR POWER COMING BACK?
- and do we need a police state to live with it?
Pres. Obama's energy secretary, Steven Chu, says he will streamline loan guarantees to build nuclear and coal fired power plants. This puts nuclear power on the watch list for the Obama administration.

This program features one of the great orators and elders of the anti nuclear movement. David Freeman shut down 8 of their 14 reactors while heading the Tennessee Valley Authority under Pres. Carter. He calls nuclear a failed technology and says that, in the age of terrorism, we need a police state to guard those Trojan horses.

Preceding Freeman's comment you will hear from Dr. Arjun Makhijani. He holds a degree in engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on plasma physics and controlled nuclear fusion. He is the principal editor and co-author of NUCLEAR WASTELANDS, the first global assessment of the effects of nuclear weapons production. He addresses the issues of nuclear proliferation and why nuclear technologies have spread in spite of the efforts, begun in the early 1960s to dismantle the existing weapons stockpiles.

Both speakers were attending a November 2005 conference organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott to deter the Bush administration from building new nuclear power plants. This is an updated version as a reminder to the current administration.

This program contains a chilling quote from Sen. Obama indicating that he is aware of the problems associated with nuclear power. (Source: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRxl2cVFTLw> "I don't think there is anything that we inevitably dislike about nuclear power - we just dislike the fact that it might blow up and irradiate us and kill us."
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Community Money
A Special Section on Printing Your Own Money
Local Currency Conference, San Francisco, Calif., February 1998. Has your community printed its own money?
Are you personally curious about the worldwide movement to create local barter systems?
Here are highlights of the first-ever conference on the topic.

Printing Community Money
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This documentary takes you to Ithaca, N.Y., where a successful community money system was launched in 1991. Six years later, over $60,000 dollars worth of Ithaca Hours had been put into circulation, triggering an estimated $2 million dollars worth of exchanges. Over 40 towns in the US and Canada have begun their own community money systems modeled on Ithaca Hours, initiated by Paul Glover, an urban historian and planner and long-term Ithaca resident.

Community Money vs the Global Financial Casino
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The maverick author Ivan Illich said that "money helps transform live American communities into a dead social system." Community currencies - whose worth rests on trust - can rebuild society and act as a safety net. Participants in Time Dollars can convert their personal time into earning power. The founder of this system, Edgar Kahn, explains how it works.

Local Currency Conference
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Bernard Lietaer, once on the staff of the National Bank of Belgium and a successful currency trader, now lends his vast inside expertise to a critique of the money and stock market systems. Who wins, who loses, and how long is it going to last? This is his opening address to the Local Currency Conference.

Local Currencies, Theory and Practice
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Never before had the founders of the most successful local currencies met face to face in one place. Hear from the E.F. Schumacher Society, the world-famous founder of LETS (Canada), the founder of Time Dollars, Ithaca Hours, and more. The major founders of barter systems speak from the heart. They explain how local currencies and barter can act as a social safety net and re-tie the social bonds within communities.

Is It Legal to Print Your Own Money?
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Lewis Solomon, Professor of Law at George Washington University, answers with a resounding "YES." His talk includes historic research and an excellent presentation of current law.
 

Media and Creative Communities:

Amparo Cadavid: Magdalena Medio Community Radio in Colombia
In Search of Sister Stations
(The special edition of this tape comes with the talk by Peter Dale Scott on Side B)
At a radio conference in Madison, Wisconsin, a shy, young woman from Colombia arrived with a video recorded along the Magdalena River. It showed three of the 15 radio stations that are currently on the air in that region.

Ranging from a tiny shed where an elder woman shoos away the chickens every morning to turn on the transmitter to a full-fledged studio with staff meetings, these signals stand for the huge diversity of stations that are only a few dozen miles apart. What unites all of them is the fear of Plan Colombia. Financial support to the army has always led to stepped up military actions, followed by increased militia and guerrilla activity during all of which the civilian population suffers. (2001)
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Civil Disobedience

Forest and Land Action

Rainbow Warrior Action
Interview with the daring women and men from Greenpeace who boarded the freighter Thorseggen, en route to Long Beach, by night and blocked the cargo cranes for three days. They called attention to the newsprint containing old growth that had been loaded on the Fraser surrey docks in Vancouver. The Great Bear Rain forest is the largest remaining tract of temperate rain forest left on earth. 50 minutes, 1998
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Luna, Julia, and the Survival of the Forest
Julia Butterfly Hill has been living in a 1000 year old redwood tree called Luna for one year. She has protected Luna from being logged and has become an eloquent spokesperson for the movement to save the last remaining stands of old growth redwood forest in California. This is the longest tree-sit in history. Julia has not touched the ground since December 10, 1997. We recorded this program one week before Julia's one year anniversary. We climbed 100 feet up into the tree to speak with Julia.
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Dennis Martinez: Restoring a Forest - with fire and love
The forest at the Mountain Grove Center For New Education, near Glendale in SW Oregon was clear-cut in the 1930s and 40s. It has come back thick, young, and dark. When Indians cared for the land the old growth incense cedars and chinquapins were spaced widely, plants thrived on the sun-lit forest floor, and animals found shelter and food. Dennis Martinez knows about Indian forest practice and he is restoring this land.
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Who will protect the earth? Western Shoshone Land Rights
Two recent military style raids to confiscate Shoshone cattle are meant to intimidate the tribe into accepting money for their land. Elders refuse payment of 15 cents per acre for 26 million acres of stolen land.Others disagree. The US government plays hardball and tries to divide the Shoshone. For more information:
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Memorial for Judi Bari
Judi Bari died in March 1997. She was the key organizer and most respected spokesperson at the ongoing rallies to protect the Headwaters Redwood groves. This is a remembrance of her last appearance at court. (1997)
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Civil Disobedience

Grassroots War Resistance
Kathy Kelly: STOP the war on Iraq -
Adam Shapiro, ISM : STOP the war on Palestine
an invitation to create International Teams
Kathy Kelly was part of  teams of Internationals who went to Iraq, Kosovo and Palestine to help protect civilians and refugees. She explains how this work is done and how to overcome fear of going into a war zone. Kathy Kelly is the co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness. <http://www.nonviolence.org/vitw > They are working on ending the sanctions on Iraq that cause the death of so many children.
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What Changed my Life in Vietnam
Brian Willson's appeal for peace NOW
Brian Willson lost both legs when he protested arms shipments from the Concord Weapons Depot in California to Nicaragua. What gave him the courage to risk his life was an incident that occurred almost 20 years earlier. In 1969 he had gone to Vietnam, ignorant of the history of that country and ready to fight. But in his first weeks at a Vietnamese airforce base in the Mekong Delta he rode his jeep into a village that had just been bombed. The sight of the dying women and children changed his life. He is now trying to reach young soldiers who might be called to war. You hear him tell the story that has haunted him all his life. (First aired on: Hearts and Minds on KMUD Radio in California). (45 minutes) Reach Brian at < www.brianwillson.com >
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Seniors for Peace
Every Friday way over 100 seniors rally against war. Nobody on this program is younger than 70, many are in their nineties. They come in wheelchairs and walkers, their wit, energy, critical thinking and memory of past wars is inspiring. Among them are a former nurse for combat flyers in WWII and a woman who survived five years of bombing in Holland.
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Jeremy Corbyn, MP: STOP the War Coalition, UK
Corbyn is a member of Parliament < http://www.northislington.freeserve.co.uk/corbyn/body.htm > and outspoken critic of Tony Blair. He co- founded the Stop the War Coalition <http://www.stopwar.org.uk /> and helped organize the largest demonstrations for peace ever in UK history. Recorded at a union breakfast in his honor in San Francisco in February 2003.
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Cities -
and how to make them a better place to live

Mike Davis from the City of Quartz to Gentrified San Francisco
A conversation with Tim Redmond
Los Angelenos who read his “City of Quartz” never looked at their town the same way again. Seen from the intersection between kitsch and ecological disaster, Davis reveals the hidden history of the city that points into a future shared with other towns. This conversation centers on that common pattern of development.

Mike Davis is a former meat-cutter and long-distance truck-driver. He now teaches Urban Theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Tim Redmond is the editor of the weekly San Francisco Bay Guardian.
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Rebecca Solnit: Hollow City
A place for artists, activists and working folks: that's what made San Francisco the great city it was. The city we love is disappearing and turning into just another sector of corporate monoculture says poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Why are so many of our cities becoming uninhabitable? Rebecca Solnit’s “Hollow City” is a mix of personal diary and historic study on par with the modern analysis brought forth by Mike Davis and Gray Brechin’s in “Imperial San Francisco”. This interview gives thought provoking answers as to why and how this happened and what can be done. - Rebecca Solnit is the author of: "Secret Exhibition", "Savage Dreams", and "Wanderlust, A History of Walking".
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Gray Brechin, Imperial San Francisco: Gold and Water
The mystique of San Francisco as one of the most beautiful cities in the world still endures beneath the growing urban blight of cheap and greedy development. How did this city come about where not a building stood only 170 years ago? - Brechin likens all great cities of history to a vortex or maelstrom. As a city grows, so does both its reach and its power to transform the natural world. Among the cataclysmic events San Francisco set in motion or accelerated, were the gold rush and the large water control projects of the 20th century.
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Side A: The Underground History of the Gold Rush
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Side B: The Quest for Water and the Flooding of Yosemite (Hetch Hetchy)
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti
When Ferlinghetti became the first Poet Laureate of the city of San Francisco, city librarian Regina Minudri introduced him as a literary legend and a voice of dissent. In this most unusual acceptance speech Ferlinghetti takes on car culture, the annual air show by the Blue Angels, and chain stores. He surprised the city dignitaries with a broadside against pro development policies that have turned the city into just another corporate town, ecologically devastated, inhospitable to the arts and hostile to the homeless.
Side B: The San Francisco Anti Gentrification Movement
Within a five-block radius of TUC's studios, a grassroots struggle is being waged to protect an area that has been home to the City's Latino community. Hear from community activists engaged in the struggle to save what had been our city from becoming the most expensive real estate on the planet.
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Satish Kumar, interview and talk
Born in India, Kumar became a Jain monk at the age of 9. Influenced by Gandhi’s writings, he left the order and became an activist in the Land Reform Movement. At 18, he walked through the length of India persuading landlords to donate land to the landless. Approximately five million acres of land were collected in gifts and donated to the poor.

Kumar then took an 8,000-mile journey for disarmament. He walked from India, through Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, the former Soviet Union, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, England and America, where he was received at the White House by the Disarmament Adviser to President Johnson. He is the author of “No Destination”, co-founder of Schumacher College, and editor and publisher of the magazine, “Resurgence”.
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Landscape of Freedom
Landscape of Freedom is about wildness, diversity, and compassion. This is a conversation between Chellis Glendinning and Carl Anthony. Chellis is the author of When Technology Wounds and My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization. Carl is Director of the Urban Habitat Program at Earth Island Institute.
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Frances Moore Lappe & Paul Martin du Bois: Doing Democracy
People do not go hungry for lack of food, but for lack of democracy - i.e., control over and access to food. This is a report of active, locally based, and empowered forms of democratic self government: elementary school children are supervising the clean-up of a toxic spill; citizens groups are founding their own radio stations or taking over manufacturing plants. (1995)
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NOTE from Maria (July 2009):  
There is renewed interest in local currencies and monetary reform. Even mainstream TV and magazines cover the issue. During the Depression many community currencies and credit clearing banks were founded. Some survive to this day. People like Tom Greco and Stephen Zarlenga have given decades of their lives to research. Greco comes up with a workable system of credit clearing and community money creation. Zarlenga points the way to a fundamental monetary reform bill. Please take a listen and pass on the information!

Maria




 

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