[ RadSafe ] Pacifica Radio

Robert Barish robbarish at verizon.net
Wed Jan 23 15:39:54 CST 2013

Beginning in my undergraduate days at NYU I have been affiliated with the Pacifica Radio station in New York, WBAI-FM, for more than 45 years. Following Three-Mile Island, I produced and hosted a six-hour live program on its consequences, with experts including Charles Meinhold, Victor Bond, Herbert Kouts, Donald Pizzarello, Jan Beyea, and Roy Albert.

Mostly I now go there to see and work with Bob Fass, the legendary host of Radio Unnameable. See http://www.radiounnameablemovie.com/ 

Pacifica also has KPFA, KPFK, KPFT and WPFW in its immediate family, as well as dozens of affiliates that carry one or more of its programs (such as Democracy Now) on non-commercial outlets throughout the country as well as on live internet streams. 

I just received the following from the chair of the radio station’s local board:

I am proposing that WBAI and Pacifica cover this unique event LIVE on March 11 & 12, and put together its own team of Science, Health and Ecology-minded reporters and announcers from shows and affiliates around the network who can supplement and contextualize the presentations, interview officials and activists not speaking here as well as those who are, line up our own experts too, and make this a national discussion.

What say ye? 

- Mitchel Cohen

The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
The New York Academy of Medicine 
March 11th, 2013 – March 12th, 2013




Contact the Organizer
info @ nuclearfreeplanet.org 

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10029, USA
Date and Time
March 11th, 2013 – March 12th, 2013
A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading medical and biological scientists, nuclear engineers, and policy experts will make presentations on and discuss the bio-medical and ecological consequences of the Fukushima disaster, will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on March 11-12, 2013, the second anniversary of the accident. The public is welcome.

Chaired by Donald Louria, MD, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, the symposium is a project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation.

The Presenters:
The event will be chaired by Donald Louria, MD: Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey.

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr. Tim Mousseau, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina – Chernobyl, Fukushima and Other Hot Places, Biological Consequences

Ken Buesseler, Marine Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute –Consequences for the Ocean of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident

David Lochbaum, The Union of Concerned Scientists – Another Unsurprising Surprise

Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, Chairman, Department of Medical Genetics and Birth Defects, University of South Alabama– Congenital Malformations in Rivne Polossia associated with the Chernobyl Accident

Dr. Marek Niedziela, Professor of Pediatrics, Poznan (Poland) University of Medical Sciences – Thyroid Pathology in Children with Particular Reference to Chernobyl and Fukushima

Dr. Alexy Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences – Lessons from Chernobyl

Akio Matsumura, Founder of Global Forum for Parliamentary Leaders on Global Survival – What did the World Learn from the Fukushima Accident?

Robert Alvarez, Senior Scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, formerly of DoE - Management of Spent Fuel Pools and Radioactive Waste

Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, Fairewinds Associates – What Did They Know and When Did They Know It?

Dr. David Brenner, Higgins Professor Radiation Biophysics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University – Mechanistic Models for Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Living Systems

Dr. Steven Wing, Associate Professor Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University North Carolina - Epidemiologic studies of radiation releases from nuclear facilities: Lessons past and present.

Steven Starr, Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Director, University of Missouri - The implications of the massive contamination of Japan with radioactive cesium

David Freeman, Engineer and Attorney, Former Chairman of TVA and Science Advisor to President Jimmy Carter –The Rise and Fall of Nuclear Power

Dr. Ian Fairlie, Radiation Biologist and Independent Consultant on Radiation Risks, Former Scientific Secretary to UK Government’s Committee Examining Radiation Risks from Internal Emitters – The Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima: Nuclear Source Terms, Initial Health Effects

Andrew S. Kanter, MD MPH FACMI, Immediate Past-President of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Moderator, Health Effects Panel.

Dr. Hisako Sakiyama, Doctor of Medicine, Former Senior Researcher in National Institute Radiological Sciences, Member of Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigative Commission - Risk Assessment of Low Dose Radiation in Japan; What Became Clear to The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission

Dr. Herbert Abrams, Stanford University, Emeritus Professor Radiology, Stanford University, Member Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee National Academy Sciences (BEIR V11) - "The Hazards of Low-level Ionizing Radiation: Controversy and Evidence."

Kevin Kamps, Specialist in High Level Waste Management and Transportation, Beyond Nuclear – Seventy Years of Radioactive Risks in Japan and America

Dr. Helen Caldicott, Founding President Physicians for Social Responsibility – The Nuclear Age and Future Generations

As someone with both access and credibility, I am willing to propose and coordinate a slate of experts who can rationally and calmly comment on these presentations. I would like to hear from Radsafe experts who would be interested in forming a panel of experts that I can propose to the station. You must be willing to come to New York at your own expense if you are from elsewhere. Let me know if you are interested. Otherwise I fear that all of the above presenters will be given a wide national voice for their views with only whatever “science health and ecology minded” characters Mitchell can come up with. Perhaps travel support can be requested from corporate sources if any of you are affiliated with such companies.

Robert Barish, PhD, CHP
robbarish at verizon.net

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