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Time Of Useful ConsciousnessMaria Gilardin learned radio in the KPFA news department in 1980 and was one of the founders of the women's department.

She co-wrote the GATT Guide for the Earth Summit in Rio, was founding producer of the national weekly public-affairs show 'Making Contact', and is a member of the International Forum on Globalization.

Maria GilardinSince 1993, Maria has written and produced radio on global trade and great ideas of local resistance to globalization.

Founder and director of TUC Radio (Time of Useful Consciousness), an independent radio production and distribution organization (1992-present).

Founding producer, “Making Contact,” a weekly public affairs program on 125 stations via satellite (1994).

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Extinction Rebellion– Rupert Read and Alison Green TWO of TWO

Wednesday 20th March 2019

In an open letter signed by Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Bill McKibben and many more Extinction Rebellion states: “The climate crisis is worsening much faster than previously predicted. Every single day 200 species are becoming extinct … Political leaders worldwide are failing to address the environmental crisis … International political organisations and national governments must … urgently draw up comprehensive policies to address it.” Dr. Rupert Read is an academic teaching Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a long time Green Party politician and a former Green Party spokesperson for transport. Dr. Alison Green has held many senior academic positions in UK universities. Last year she resigned from academia to become a full time activist. She co-wrote [ . . . ] Read More

Extinction Rebellion ONE of TWO– Dr. Rupert Read

Tuesday 12th March 2019

In October 2018 about one hundred academics signed a call to action. They established Extinction Rebellion in the United Kingdom. The movement has become international with Naomi Klein, Vandana Shiva and Noam Chomsky signing their support to the second letter. The goal of Extinction Rebellion is to use non-violent resistance to bring about radical change to prevent climate collapse, loss of biodiversity and to reduce the risk of human extinction. Dr. Rupert Read is teaching Philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is a long time Green Party politician and a former Green Party spokesperson for transport. He spoke on February 6, 2019 at the University of East Anglia.

Kevin Anderson: Talk to the Oxford Climate Society, TWO of TWO

Wednesday 6th March 2019

Opening with Greta Thunberg addressing EU politicians in Brussels – In August 2018, at age 15, Greta Thunberg started the first school strike for climate outside the Swedish parliament building. She skipped classes and maintained a regular presence every Friday. By the time she addressed the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, and the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, in January 2019, her courageous and well researched talks were seen by hundreds of thousands via the internet. This is part of her talk to EU politicians on 2/21/2019. Greta Thunberg and Prof. Kevin Anderson have great respect for each other. They agree on the urgency of the task and on many details of the solutions. [ . . . ] Read More

Kevin Anderson: Talk to the Oxford Climate Society, ONE of TWO

Wednesday 27th February 2019

On Jan 25, 2019, Professor Kevin Anderson, the chair of energy and climate change at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) at the University of Manchester spoke at the Oxford Climate Society. He is one of the rare academics with a background in mechanical engineering even worked on oil platforms as a young man. I addition to producing peer reviewed research he engages with European governments on issues ranging from shale gas, aviation and shipping. He also brings a strong sense of justice and equity into his recommendations on how to prevent climate chaos. He said that it’s twenty-eight years since the IPCC’s first report on climate change and over a quarter of a century since the 1992 Rio [ . . . ] Read More

Kevin Anderson– A Rule Book for the Climate Casino

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Even though climate scientist Kevin Anderson has given up flying he attended, via train and ferry, most of the annual COPs, the Conferences of the Parties. They are held under the auspices of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change. And, as Deputy Director of the Tyndall Center for Climate Change Research in the UK, he contributes to the science. Kevin Anderson says that we have known since 1990 about the need to end fossil fuel use. However now, 28 years later, emissions of greenhouse gases are still going up and are now a staggering 65% higher than in 1990. The economists Thomas Piketty (in “Carbon and Inequality”) found that only 10% of world population are responsible for 30% of CO2 emissions. [ . . . ] Read More

Professor Peter Wadhams– The Fate of the Ice Sheet on the Top of the World

Wednesday 13th February 2019

In early 2019 news about accelerated melting in Arctic and Antarctic made me return to trusted sources. For the Arctic I returned to Prof. Peter Wadhams, the UK’s most experienced sea ice scientist, professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. As opposed to the Antarctic, a continent of mountains and valleys covered in ice, the North Pole is an ocean covered with an ice sheet that touched the coast lines of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Siberia for 100.000 years. In only 30 years the retreat from the coast lines during the Arctic summer accelerated and an ice free Arctic in September may [ . . . ] Read More

NASA Scientist Eric Rignot on Melting Glaciers in Antarctica

Wednesday 6th February 2019

A collaboration between Radio Ecoshock and TUC Radio archive Even mainstream media reported at the beginning of February, 2019, a sensation in sea level rise. NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, confirmed that a huge cavity — two-thirds the size of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet tall — has melted into the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. This glacier is about the size of Florida, and is currently already responsible for about 4 percent of global sea level rise. Thwaites is sometimes called a culture changer since the collapse of that one glacier would raise the oceans by two feet, threatening so many centers of civilization that are built on the coast lines of the world. Eric Rignot of [ . . . ] Read More

Happy 16th Anniversary, Seniors for Peace

Wednesday 30th January 2019

From the archives of TUC radio, recorded in 2003  I’m recording this introduction on January 29, 2019 after returning last night from a huge, heart-warming celebration of the Senior for Peace in Mill Valley, CA. They live in the Redwoods Retirement Community just North of the Golden Gate bridge. Every Friday from 4 to 5 pm, rain or shine, ongoing and for the last 16 years, they walk to the busy intersection with banners, posters and hand drums, Cymbals, guitars and a violin and amaze passing drivers and the student of the high school right across with their songs and message for peace and justice. On their web site they explain that they first came out in January 2003, when [ . . . ] Read More

Mary Oliver

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

When the poet Mary Oliver passed in her 83rd year on January 17, 2019, the huge response revealed her as one of the most popular writers of our time. That despite her refusal to be famous or rich, and the rare interviews she gave. She wanted her poems to speak for themselves and came up with titles such as Owls and Other Fantasies, The Leaf and the Cloud, Wild Geese and the Truro Bear. A dear friend wrote to me: “I can’t think of a contemporary poet who better than Oliver expresses such depth of feeling and thought about the natural world, and what it is to experience earth as an animal in the web of life. And I like the [ . . . ] Read More

Ray McGovern– RussiaGate: The Absence of Evidence? (TWO of TWO)

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Includes a clip from Noam Chomsky explaining his skepticism of the RussiaGate claims. Ray McGovern served as a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. His duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief to Ronald Reagan’s security advisers from 1981 to 1985. After retiring he became a trusted source of information on the falsified intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that was used to bring the US into the disastrous war on Iraq. For over two years McGovern has focused on what came to be dubbed RussiaGate and in part ONE you heard about his assessment of Julian Assange, and the so-called hacking of e-mails of the [ . . . ] Read More