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 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Bob Herbert, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, about the changing political landscape in the U.S. and the new Obama Administration.

If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 01/05/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Pediatrician and anti nuclear advocate Dr Helen Caldicott joins President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Dr Arjun Makhijani at a public lecture in Washington DC, October 2008.
Dr Makhijani has competed a study called Carbon Free and Nuclear Free: A Roadmap for US Energy Policy, and in this lecture he and Dr Caldicott address the folly of nuclear power, and discuss the bright future of renewable energy sources.

If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 12/29/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dr, Helen Caldicott gave a lecture in October of this year to medical colleagues in Calgary, Alberta Canada. She describes the medical and environmental risks associated with the complex process of the nuclear fuel cycle, and climate change.

If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 12/22/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Dr Helen Caldicott traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a guest of OREPA, the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. Director of OREPA Ralph Hutchison took Dr Caldicott to the Y12 National Security Complex, which was involved in developing the nuclear weapons that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the second world war. Currently operated by B&W Y12, the plant plays a 'vital role in the Department of Energy's Nuclear Weapons Complex.'
Ralph Hutchison has lived on the doorstep of the facility for many years, and he joins Dr Caldicott on If You Love This Planet to explain the capabilities - and dangers - of the Y12 plant.

If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 12/15/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

If You Love This Planet will not be heard today due to technical difficulties. Instead we'll hear Law and Disorder featuring a look at how the recent verdict against the Holy Land Charity will have a chilling effect against the Muslim community; a look at the practice of pre-emptive pardons and how to stop them; and an excerpt from a recent forum on turture and justice in the post-Bush era.

If You Love This Planet

Air date: 
Mon, 12/08/2008 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

The US Missile Defense system enthusiastically promoted by the outgoing Bush administration has long been met with criticism and doubt within the scientific community. In this episode Host Dr Caldicott talks with Dr Ted Postal, Professor of Science, Technology and National Security Policy in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr Postal has defiantly uncovered numerous false claims about missile defenses, and in this interview he describes how the idea of a missile defense system fits in with US strategic nuclear policy, and how such a system is dangerously flawed.


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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