Friday, October 26, 2007


Radio Ecoshock Show 071026 (58 min) Review of "Death of Environmentalism" boys, Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, their new book "Break Through," and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which pays for this green bashing.

A radio investigation into the cloudy world where hundred of millions of dollars try to reshape society. In this case, we find a small group of lawyers, PR men, and pollsters who want to de-fund environmentalism as we know it. The big polluters' dream, coming not from the far Right, but from a formerly Left-leaning New York foundation.

One of the victims of the author's slash and burn campaign, was Dr. John Terborgh, the world-renowned bird and mammal expert at Duke University, and author of "Requiem for Nature." We talk to him as well.

A full print transcript is available at:

Prodution Notes: find a 1 minute music bed at 29:30 to 30:30 for your station break/ID. Another good insert spot at 41 min. End song is: "Another Day" by Tim O'Brien, from his "Traveler" CD (could be cut if you need more time).


Thursday, October 18, 2007


The "bad boys" of environmentalism are at it again. PR man Michael Shellenberger and pollster Ted Nordhaus wrote the essay "The Death of Environmentalism" back in 2004. They presented it, like a sneak attack, at a meeting of environmental grant makers.

It got a bit of press, and a lot of Net discussion, so why not whip it into a book?

Maybe because, three years later, environmentalists have gotten over their depression of the Bush election. There is a whole wave of public awareness, and even action, centering around the climate crisis, and mass extinctions. It's almost laughable to bring out this bright boys idea, now.

In this radio program, I interview the authors, Ted and Michael, plus one of their victims, Peggy Shepard of the Harlem environmental justice group, "WE ACT." She ain't so dead.

While attacking the Environmental Justice movement, the "grim reapers" got the story mixed up, and their facts dead wrong. Radio Ecoshock investigates.

Next week, we'll track down who is funding this attack on the environmental movement, from the formerly lefty Nathan Cummings Foundation. This half billion dollar group, and it's environment program director Peter Teague, go under the green microscope. Confirmed Democrats all, are they trying to derail any Green vote?

Get this program first, and tune into real, live environmental radio.

Alex Smith

Thursday, October 11, 2007


New York just experienced their hottest October day - ever. 87 degrees. Environment Canada says the Eastern part of the country is the hottest since record keeping began 150 years ago.
On camera, everybody is loving it! Isn't global warming great!

Meanwhile, scientists flying over the Arctic found a very dirty polar bear. On closer inspection, it was a Grizzly bear. The bears are already moving to the Arctic folks, can we be far behind?

This week's show starts out with radical author and activist Derrick Jensen. He says civilization isn't working, and we need to start dismantling it.

Then we go inside the Rainforest Action Network campaign to stop new coal plant construction in the United States (where 150 new plants are set to be built). RAN is going after the country's two biggest banks, who are financing the coal building binge: Citi Group and Bank of America. Three speakers, including Bill McKibben, a spokesperson from Appalachia, and a church ethical investment expert, add to RAN's work, to stop the madness.

Production Notes for syndicated stations: music - "Disco Inferno" by Earth, Wind & Fire; "Workin' in a Coal Mine" by Lee Dorsey; "Mother Earth" by Shane Philip (Canadian content).
This version contains no local station ID.
Cut last song as needed to insert your own station ID and content. Good insertion points at 30:30, 44:26, 54:41.

Coming up next week: Alex reviews the book "Break Through, from the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

We're So Screwed!

Ecoshock Show week of 071005.

Clips from top scientists, authors, even a President, on our serious climate and extinction plight.

Interview with Erik Assadourian of Worldwatch "Window Closing to Prevent Climate Catastrophe".

Clips from Drs. James Lovelock, James Hansen, Michael Oppenheimer, Chris Rapley,

note of T. Friedman column, "Doha and Dalien" (Americanization of the world)

excerpt from speech of Alan Weisman, author of "The World Without Us" (exclusive to Radio Ecoshock)

address of Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, on climate, to UN.

Production notes: Music bed 27:39-28:47 for Stn ID.
Also, you can cut last 2 minutes song for more time.

Music: "It's the End of the World As We Know It" by REM, and by Big Blue Sea (Canadian).

Questions: write radio [at] ecoshock [dot] org