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Current news and information on nuclear, peace and energy issues.

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Current news and information on nuclear, peace and energy issues.

    Barry Wakelin: from Canberra to the frontline

    Barry Wakelin: from Canberra to the frontline

    Barry Wakelin shares his story about how the government’s attempt to put a radioactive waste dump in his community made him a de-liberalised Liberal and how the site selection process “makes the sports rorts look like petty cash”. From politician in Canberra to the frontline of the campaign to stop a waste dump being sited on agricultural land in his community of Kimba.

    Radioactive Pigeons and Nuclear Children

    Radioactive Pigeons and Nuclear Children

    Today’s focus is on the role of various art and media practices on engaging with nuclear legacies and nuclear stories. We hear from Merilyn Fairskye, Sydney based photomedia artist about her new film ‘Birds’, a tale about Radioactive pigeons, two pairs of twins and a massacre that brings chaos to a sleepy seaside village. A story, which is based on true events related to the Sellafield nuclear power plant in the UK. We also hear from Gordon Murray, from Winchester in the UK, about the Fallout Project, a collaboration with British Nuclear Veterans using verbatim theatre as a campaigning tool in relation to British Nuclear testing and their descendants.

    Shining the spotlight on Australia's unabated defence spending

    Shining the spotlight on Australia's unabated defence spending

    Today’s show features interviews with two organisers for peace, Annette Brownlie of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN), and Margie Beavis from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW). Annette speaks about RIMPAC 2020, which is the Rim of the Pacific military exercises, currently being held in Hawaiian waters. She also introduces us to the IPAN inquiry. Margie critiques Australia’s increased defence spending, exploring why it remains unchallenged.   Independent and Peacful Australia Network: https://ipan.org.au/Quit Nukes: https://quitnukes.org/

    The Rainbow Warrior Incident

    The Rainbow Warrior Incident

    On the 10th of July 1985, Greenpeace flagship protest vessel - the Rainbow Warrior - was bombed by French government agents in Auckland. Fernando Pereira, a Greenpeace photographer on board at the time, was killed in the blast. The bombing was a major diplomatic incident, and helped shape the nuclear free identity of Aotearoa New Zealand. But it was part of a much bigger and more deadly story of French colonialism in the Pacific, where nuclear testing at Mururoa and Fangataufa atolls has left a legacy of disease and death for the Ma’ohi people of the so called French Polynesia. Today we hear from Oscar Temaru, Independence leader and five times president of French Polynesia and Ena Manuireva, an Auckland University of Technology academic and PhD candidate who is from Mangareva, one of the French Polynesian islands most affected by the nuclear testing. Later on in the show, you’ll also hear from Stephanie Mills, a former Greenpeace Pacific nuclear test ban campaigner and previous chair of Greenpeace NZ Board, on the impacts of the bombing on her organisation and the international nuclear free movement. These three speakers were part of a six person panel discussion recorded by the Pacific Media Centre titled: “The Rainbow Warrior Incident - 35 Years Later”, which organised and hosted by Roxanne Panchasi of Simon Fraser University and co-sponsored by the Europe Institute and The University of Auckland​. This webinar was part of the “France and Beyond conference” that took place online on July 29th 2020.Audio recorded by the Pacific Media Centre with thanks to the editor Professor David Robie. Read this article about the full panel discussion here: https://asiapacificreport.nz/2020/07/30/french-nuclear-tests-i-bury-people-nearly-every-day-what-was-our-sin/ Image of Mururoa by Georges Martin (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mururoa_lagon.jpg)

    Uranium and Nuclear Weapons part 1

    Uranium and Nuclear Weapons part 1

    Listen to the highlights from the excellent Yellowcake Country webinar - uranium and nuclear weapons. Listen to the update on the nuclear free WA campaign by KA Garlick and then tune into International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) Australia's excellent co-founders Dave Sweeney and Dimity Hawkins AM. Listen to ambassador and former Federal MP, Melissa Parke as they share powerful and important stories of the work to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The podcast is a great portrait of the effectiveness and brilliance of the ICAN campaign and the treaty to ban nuclear weapons. They remind us of how ordinary people when working collectively, creatively and consistently have the ability to make a difference. Video from the webinar can be watched here CCWA nuclear free WA campaign hereInternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) here

    A Hiroshima survivor's story: Koko Kondo

    A Hiroshima survivor's story: Koko Kondo

    August 6th, 2020 marks 75 years since the bombing of Hiroshima. On this Rad Show, we are sharing a talk by Koko Kondo, a hibakusha from Hiroshima, speaking here about her experience as a nuclear survivor. This audio is from ‘Beyond Trinity’ a special panel discussion that the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) hosted to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion in New Mexico, code-named Trinity. You can see the full video of the panel discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/icanw.au/videos/296239014762853/A Rad Show with the other speakers from that discussion is available here: https://www.3cr.org.au/radioactive/episode-202007251000/beyond-trinity-75-years

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