Show Details for Monday May 16th, 2011

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Pledge Drive Special!

Our guest this week is Antonia Juhasz. She is the Director and Founder of the Energy Program at Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based human rights non-profit organization. She is a policy-analyst, author and activist.

Antonia’s latest book is Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. A searing look at the human face of BP’s disaster in the Gulf.

It has been just over a year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and there is little evidence to suggest that the systematic failures that led to the largest oil spill in US history have been fixed. Antonia’s new book Black Tide: the Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill takes a detailed look at the spill and the people affected by it.

KPFT started its Spring Membership Drive last week. Tonight is our first fund raising show this drive. You can pick up copies of Antonia’s bookby calling 713 526 5738 during the show and pledging your support.

More about the book:

 It is the largest oil disaster in American history, and it could happen again. It is more than a story of ruined beaches, dead wildlife, chemical dispersants, corporate spin, political machinations, and financial fallout. It is a riveting human drama filled with people whose lives will forever be defined as “before” and “after” the Gulf oil disaster. Black Tide is the only book to tell this story through the perspective of people on all sides of the catastrophe, from those who lost their lives, loved ones, and livelihoods to those who made the policies that set the devastating event in motion, those who cut the corners that put corporate profits over people and the environment, and those who have committed their lives to ensuring that such an event is never repeated.

Review Comments:“We cannot allow the BP disaster to be pushed from public view the way BP used chemical dispersants to hide the oil. These remarkable stories—of loss, heroism, and culpability—are a vivid reminder that this catastrophe will be with us for decades, and that we have not yet made the changes necessary to prevent destruction in the future.”–Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Black Tide is extremely well researched, reasoned and written. The story of the Macondo well disaster has important ramifications for our future. Antonia Juhasz helps us understand what this disaster can mean to present and future generations.”–Dr. Robert Bea, Deepwater Horizon Study Group

“It’s hard to imagine a better person to turn loose on this epochal disaster than Antonia Juhasz, with her compassionate heart, vivid prose, and rich expertise in both oil and economic policy. Black Tide covers everything from the details of the oil-smeared beaches and the drilling rig’s control room to the big picture of the mega oil corporations and the governments they push around, but it’s not just a book about disaster: it’s a series of encounters with real people, from oceanographers to oyster shuckers, striving to make things right. Juhasz tells this story as no one else could. Black Tide is riveting, infuriating, and incredibly important to understand the places, politics, and people who survived the Gulf oil disaster.”–Rebecca Solint, author of A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster.

———-Post Show Update——————-

The Monitor beat its goals for the show with more new members, more returning members and more money pledged. Thank you to everyone to helped!


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