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 07/06/09

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Mon, 07/06/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Dave Sweeney is one of the key voices in Australia educating people about the environmental and public health dangers of uranium mining. Sweeney works with the Australian Conservation Foundation, a 40 year old organisation that liases with the community, business and government to protect and sustain our environment.

In this interview with Dr Caldicott, Sweeney talks about the plans that are underway for a massive expansion of the uranium industry in Australia.

If You Love This Planet on 06/26/09

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Fri, 06/26/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Founder of environmental non-profit research group Earth Policy Institute, Lester Brown has been describes by the Washington Post as ' one of the world's most influential thinkers'. In this interview he talks about the rise of failed states around the world, how the price of grain will in the future be linked to the price of oil, and the danger posed to civilisation if food shortages and hunger continue to increase.

If You Love This Planet on 06/22/09

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Mon, 06/22/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. Bryan Brooks, Associate Professor of Enviornmental Science at Baylor University in Texas. He has given over 60 invited presentations and lectures in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Poland, Portugal and Australia on water quality dynamics of rapidly urbanizing regions.

Dr Brooks is particularly interested in contaminants like pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine active substances, and the way in which these chemicals - as well as the excretion of medical drugs - affect the ecosystem and marine environment in which they end up.

If You Love This Planet on 06/15/09

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Mon, 06/15/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Richard Thompson, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Marine Ecology at the University of Plymouth in the UK. His research focuses on three topics: the effects of plastic debris in the marine environment, the ecology and conservation of shallow water habitats and habitat modification to enhance biodiversity of marine engineering such as coastal defenses and offshore renewable energy devices.

If You Love This Planet on 06/01/09

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Mon, 06/01/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Lynn Eden, acting co-director (2008-09) at the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University.  Eden's book Whole World on Fire: Organizations, Knowledge, and Nuclear Weapons Devastation(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004; New Delhi: Manas Publications, 2004) explores how and why the U.S. government--from World War II to the present--has greatly underestimated the damage caused by nuclear weapons by failing to predict damage from firestorms.

If You Love This Planet on 05/25/09

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Mon, 05/25/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Captain Charles Moore, surfer, sea captain, and scientific researcher. He was the first person to come upon the stretch of floating plastic debris now known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. (Air Cascadia is on break today, so If You Love This Planet begins at 10AM today.)

If You Love This Planet on 05/18/09

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Mon, 05/18/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Maude Barlow, Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada.

On October 21, 2008, she was named Senior Advisor on Water Issues by the President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann. In this interview she discusses water crisis and mis-management occuring in different parts of the world.

If You Love This Planet on 05/11/09

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Mon, 05/11/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Dr. Maricel Maffini, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Her research interests are in the field of carcinogenesis and developmental biology, and she has made a number of important observations in the field of breast cancer. In this interview Dr. Maffini explains the association between exposures to environmental extrogen-mimics during fetal life (like bisphenol A, a componenet in plastic) and breast cancer risk in adulthood.

If You Love This Planet on 05/04/09

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Mon, 05/04/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund about the world's current nuclear environment and the the problems with nuclear weapons proliferation.

If You Love This Planet on 04/27/09

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Mon, 04/27/2009 - 10:15am - 11:00am

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott interviews activist Jacqueline Cabasso, who has been promoting nuclear weapons abolition for decades. She is the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, a non-profit which monitors and analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.


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

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