This podcast explores the development of the book, Boy and Island by Andrew Hurst which centers on the Three Mile Island (T.M.I.) nuclear power accident that occurred near his childhood home in Middletown, Pennsylvania on March 28, 1979—the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. Boy and Island examines T.M.I.’s impact on local citizens by unveiling the previously untold story of his family’s incredible journey in search of sanity and justice on the frontline of a nuclear nightmare. Hurst was six-years-old when the accident occurred, while his father, James Hurst, was a founding member of PANE (People Against Nuclear Energy). PANE’s mission to hold T.M.I.’s owners and operators accountable for psychological and emotional trauma went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. In waging this war, the Hurst family found themselves in an astounding series of circumstances that uprooted their lives and led them to seek refuge in strange places, leading to encounters with remarkable people. Hurst’s first-person account of these experiences is sensitively crafted with poetic insights from his insider’s perspective and loaded with rare, unpublished photos and archival materials.
Boy and Island also examines the ways the T.M.I. experience has impacted Hurst’s creative instincts as an artist and how it has shaped his character as an adult. Ultimately, Hurst sees Boy and Island functioning as a story that transcends the confines of the T.M.I. issue by mining the tragedy for unconventional wisdom and forward thinking about place, family, and social justice.
Read more about Boy and Island at www.boyandisland.com
Episode 2: From Sorcery to Utility (Part 4)
In this episode, Hurst weighs in on "Meltdown" the Netflix documentary on Three Mile Island, and continues his deep dive into Deja Vu and its ubiquitous presence in the modern popular psyche through revealing personal insights on "The China Syndrome" movie, his disturbing eyewitness account of the attacks on 9/11, the concept of Militainment, "wild history" and more.
Episode 2: From Sorcery to Utility (Part 3)
In Part 3 of this multipart episode, Hurst continues to explore the question, “how did the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant wind up in my back yard?” Topics include the deception of photography, DADA’s transformation into surrealism, and Deja Vu on a mass scale in the turbulent years between WWI and WWII.
New Year's update
Hurst offers a candid glimpse into his mindscape during the 2021 Christmas and New Year holiday season. Including revealing audio snapshots of impromptu explorations of psychogeographic sites from his youth as well as updates on his father James’ current health struggles.
Episode 2: From Sorcery to Utility (Part 2)
Amidst the festivities of the Thanksgiving holiday, Hurst ponders the connective tissues that bring people together. Topics include: the intriguing circumstances that link Howard Carter, the archaeologist who discovered King Tut’s tomb and J. Robert Oppenheimer, the “father” of the atomic bomb; the international communion of savagery that was World War I; and the eclectic assortment of artists and poets spurned forth by revolt who called themselves DADA.
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Episode 2: From Sorcery to Utility (Part 1)
In part 1 of this 3 part episode, Hurst embarks on a journey that traces the mystical impulses and political intrigue that lurks within the technological discoveries that eventually led to the existence of the domestic use of the atom, embodied by nuclear power plants such as Three Mile Island.
With a mix of music.