Ralph discusses the efficacy of nuclear power with former Nader’s Rader and Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner, Peter Badford and poverty in America with journalist and author, Loretta Scwartz-Nobel.
Peter Bradford is a former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the former chair of the New York and Maine utility regulatory commissions. He has taught at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is currently an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School, where he teaches Nuclear Power and Public Policy. He is vice chair of the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists and is the author of Fragile Structures: A Story of Oil Refineries, National Securities and the Coast of Maine. His latest article is entitled “When the Unthinkable is Deemed Impossible: Reflecting on Fukushima.”
Loretta Schwartz-Nobel is a journalist, writer and advocate for disadvantaged families in America. Dr. Schwartz-Nobel achieved national acclaim for her article in the Christmas 1974 issue of Philadelphia Magazine, in which she brought attention to the hardships of the poor and destitute living in Philadelphia. The article won the 1975 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for “outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged.” She traveled the nation, doing similar research in several other cities, including Boston, Washington and Chicago and writing articles for local newspapers and magazines in each city. In 1981, she wrote her first novel, Starving in the Shadow of Plenty, in which she outlined the alarmingly destitute living conditions of America’s poor families, focusing especially on the difficulty of obtaining food and the ineffectuality of government welfare programs. And in the aftermath of the so-called welfare reform policies implemented in the mid-nineties, she once again revisited the topic with the novel, Growing Up Empty. Her newest book is called Poisoned Nation,which links the soaring epidemics of cluster illness to the chemical contamination of our water, air, food and everyday products.