If You Love This Planet

If You Love This Planet with Dr. Helen Caldicott delivers an hour each week of in-depth discussion about urgent planetary survival issues such as global warming, nuclear weapons, nuclear power, deforestation, toxic pollution, ozone depletion, hunger and poverty, and species extinction. Each program features one major topic, allowing for an extended conversation with our guest or guests.

For over 35 years, Dr. Caldicott has helped galvanize awareness of the risks of nuclear technology and global environmental collapse. Her work with Physicians for Social Responsibility organized thousands of doctors to teach the public about the medical implications of nuclear war and nuclear power. She helped motivate the U.S. public to demand a nuclear freeze initiative in the 1980s. Dr. Caldicott has written seven books about nuclear and ecological issues. She has received the Gandhi Peace Prize and the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Most recently, Dr. Caldicott was president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank (now Beyond Nuclear).

Dr. Caldicott has had a high profile in American radio since the late 1970s, with her speeches and interviews played frequently on national airwaves. From 1995 to 1997, she hosted a weekly radio talk show on WBAI in New York City. She hosted the 13-part series, A Passion for Survival (2002) and a six-part radio series based on her book, The New Nuclear Danger (2004) for Pacifica Radio.

Episode Archive

If You Love This Planet on 09/03/12

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Mon, 09/03/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Helen Caldicott talks with Richard Falk

This week Dr. Helen Caldicott talks with Richard Falk, the Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University, where he was a member of the faculty for forty years until 2001. Falk is currently Research Professor at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California, where he directs a research project on Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy. He served as Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation from 2004 to 2012, and in 2008-2009 he was appointed expert advisor to the President of the UN General Assembly. Prof. Falk has published more than 50 books, including his most recent published in 2012 titled: Path to Zero: Dialogue on Nuclear Dangers.

If You Love This Planet on 08/13/12

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Mon, 08/13/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens Party

Locus Focus is off this month. Today we'll hear another installment of "If You Love This Planet," with host Helen Caldicott, M.D., pediatrician and internationally recognized author and lecturer. On todays show Dr Caldicott talks to Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens Party and Senator for Tasmania. They discuss refugees, carbon tax and the climate crisis. 

If You Love This Planet on 08/06/12

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Mon, 08/06/2012 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen on the latest dangers at the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Both Air Cascadia and Locus Focus are off today. Instead we'll hear If You Love This Planet with host Dr.Helen Caldicott, M.D., pediatrician and internationally recognized author and lecturer.

Today Dr Helen Caldicott talks with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen from Fairewinds Associates about the current unfolding situation at the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan.

If You Love This Planet on 12/19/11

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Mon, 12/19/2011 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Dr Helen Caldicott talks with nuclear energy consultant Arnie Gundersen, from Fairewinds Associates

Host Dr Helen Caldicott talks with nuclear energy consultant Arnie Gundersen, from Fairewinds Associates, about the ongoing situation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. 

If You Love This Planet on 08/23/10

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Mon, 08/23/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Chris Hedges discusses the consequences of combat and the descent of military culture.

"Locus Focus" is off this week. Instead we will hear "If You Love This Planet."

Host Dr Helen Caldicott talks to American journalist, author, and war correspondent, Chris Hedges about the consequences of combat and the descent of military culture.

If You Love This Planet on 08/10/09

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Mon, 08/10/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

This episode features a speech by Dr Helen Caldicott, delivered in Battleboro, Vermont in April 2009. The Battleboro community are fighting to close down the ailing Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor, and Caldicott explains the medical consequences of living near a nuclear plant, and the situation locals face should the reactor leak or meltdown.

If You Love This Planet on 08/03/09

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Mon, 08/03/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. George Vaillant.

Dr George Vaillant is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and at the Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital.He has spent the last 35 years as Director of the Study of Adult Development at the Harvard University Health Service. The study charted the lives of 824 men and women for almost 70 years.

Vaillant's latest book is Spiritual Evolution, published by Doubleday Broadway in 2008.

If You Love This Planet on 07/27/09

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Mon, 07/27/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Helen Caldicott interviews Sally Henderson.

Sally Henderson is an Australian whose passion is conserving endangered African wildlife - particularly elephants.

In 1990 she joined the elephant research project in Zimbabwe, which inspired her memoir Silent Footsteps, published by Pan Macmillan in 2007.
She has traveled extensively throughout Africa, studying many aspects of conservation and a diverse array of African cultures.

Sally’s new book is Ivory Moon, a memoir set in Namibia (also published by Pan Macmillan).

If You Love This Planet on 07/20/09

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Mon, 07/20/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Ellen Augustine and Barry Hermanson are Californian residents who have started a campaign to alert fellow citizens to the gross overspending of the US military budget.

Their campaign, called Not My Priorities, centers on educating people through a simple pie chart about the discrepancy in spending on the Pentagon versus all other areas in the national budget.

Hermanson, who founded the campaign was a Green Party candidate for congress in California's 12th Congressional District. Augustine also ran for the US congress, and founded four non-profit organisations. This is an inspiring interview with two people who believe Americans can harness their democratic process, and really make a difference.

If You Love This Planet on 07/13/09

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Mon, 07/13/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

An interview with professor Lawrence Wittner, an award-winning American historian who has written extensively on peace movements and foreign policy.

Wittner is the author of seven books, including his most recent: Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, published by Stanford University Press in 2009.

Wittner is a Professor of History at the State University of New York/Albany.


Just heard your lecture -

Just heard your lecture - most of it.
I am extrememly impressed with the depth of knowledge made easily
understandable. Almost every sentence reveals something even more awful than
the one before.

I live in England and wonder if Dr Caldicott has ever given lectures there or if she
will be coming again. If so I would be interested in attending and getting more people
to come.

navy experiments off northwest US coast

What's going on with this? It's all over the planet waves website, I subscribe to.


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