Your Dispatches: October 2010 Archives

Thorium, safer and cleaner than nuclear fuel.

On the Oct 28/31 program, we heard from Kirk Sorensen, a nuclear technology engineer with Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama. On his Twitter page he describes himself as a "thorium evangelist."

Thorium can power the ractors that now burn nuclear fuel. In the '50s, the U.S. looked into it until promoters of uranium reactors muscled it out. But thorium remains safer, and much cheaper after billion needed for start-up costs.

One Canadian listener, who was at the centre of thorium research, tells us that Canada took the thorium alternative seriously when designing the CANDU Reactor. (Click read more) 

Sorenson's interview...

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Mabou, Cape Breton...unsheepishly "fuaragish" here

Recently, Nacha Raman took us to the majestic Loenarhorgi mountains of Norway, and introduced us to a sheep's-head dish called Smalahove, complete with mouth-watering cheeks. Some of the trimmings made some Canadians feel right at home.

Writer Jim St.Clair of Mull River, Mabou Cape Breton  tasted a familiar dish:

Your item concerning sheep's heads reminded me of the special food served in Gaelic homes in Cape Breton at this season - a halloween and all saints dish of great antiquity. Even our local hospital serves it to patients in obsevation of the tradtion - FUARAG- a Scottish Gaelic word - a mixture of fine raw otatmeal and whipped cream  specially beaten for the occasion- sometimes a little brown sugar added. (Read more, click below)

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NYC 9/11...What's Going On here?

That song: Linda Perry of CBC's New York bureau remembers 9/11.
I was trying to pull our coverage together from our offices at 46th and Third Ave and from our roof, which had a view of the Twin Towers burning and crumbling.
By early afternoon, since no one was really certain of what was happening, I started walking downtown towards Bellevue Hospital with my mini-disc and cell phone. I was going to put some survivors or medical workers on the air with Michael Enright. 
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Clean cookstoves r you...

Rick's interview with American journalist Burkhard Bilger (Oct 21/24), about the climate and health crisis in the world caused by cookstoves, brought some comments about the quest to design a clean cookstove that might serve millions of families across the world.

Susan Gage of Victoria writes:

The interview with Burkard Bilger on clean-burning stoves warmed my heart. I was there last February, in the little Guatemalan village of San Antonio Palopó, Guatemala, when the truck arrived with its load of clean-burning, fuel-efficient stoves. I'll never forget the sight of the waiting families rushing out to help carry the heavy cement blocks, the fire-box parts, the metal planchas, up the steep lakeside hill to their homes. Goodbye to smoky open-hearth fires, to burns and respiratory diseases, to spending a big slice of their small earnings on firewood.

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Haiti...Rumours Of Glory here

That Song: Tom Ross, Middleton, Nova Scotia
Dear Rick:  Interesting project coupling music with world events and stories on Dispatches... You recently ran a piece about a physiotherapist in Haiti (October 7)
I am physiotherapist in Nova Scotia and spent 2 weeks in Haiti in April '10 working at the field hospital of Project Medishare, under the auspices of the Univ. of Miami. The song that ran through my mind during this experience was Bruce Cockburn's Rumours of Glory from the 1980 release Humans. The lyric that particularly resonated went:    
                  "beneath the pain/fear, etched on the faces
                    something is shining like gold, but better" 
Many of our patients had the most remarkable smiles under extremely distressing circumstances.  

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The Cuban diet...continued

On the October 14th Dispatches program, Patrick Symmes told us about his hardships trying to live for 30 days on the rations Cubans receive, and scenes he saw of Cubans trying to survive.

Some of our listeners saw it differently when they were in Cuba.

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