Friday, June 18, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Pt 1: Peak Oil - Amidst the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a growing number of people are thinking about the day the world's oil dries up. They say we're already past the point of 'Peak Oil' and that we're heading towards the end of oil altogether. (Read More)
Pt 2: Daddy Bonding - It has been a hundred years since the Mayor of Spokane, Washington declared the very first Father's Day. And a hundred years later, there's a lot less clarity about what it means to be a Dad. We look at what we've gained and lost in a century's worth of Father's Days. (Read More)
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BP's Chairman announced that the oil giant truly cares about the - quote - small people.
Currently, the small people said they prefer to be called "shrimpers."
This is The Current.
Peak Oil - Andre Angelantoni
We started this segment with a clip from U.S. President Barack Obama in an address from the Oval Office earlier this week. He was, of course, talking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
But another message emerged loud and clear: Oil is a finite resource. What's left of it is getting harder to access. And we have to start preparing now for the day it's gone. Those words -- and the oil spill that spawned them -- are fueling the growing Peak Oil movement.
For years, proponents of the idea of Peak Oil have been arguing that we are rapidly approaching the point at which the demand for oil will outstrip supply. They say that would send our economy -- and life as we know it -- into a tailspin. And many Peak Oil theorists say we're already at that tipping point.
Andre Angelantoni is one of them. He's originally from Toronto and now lives in northern California. He runs a website called postpeakliving.com. Among other things, it offers courses on how to survive in a Post-Peak world. Andre Angelantoni was in Winnipeg this morning.
Peak Oil - Colin Campbell
Like many people in the Peak Oil camp, Andre Angelantoni has been heavily influenced by the work of Colin Campbell. Colin Campbell is one of the pioneers of the Peak Oil Movement. He's a petroleum geologist who has worked for several large oil companies, including BP. And he says he began seeing warning signs in the late 1960s.
Ten years ago, Colin Campbell founded the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas, which now has organizations in more than 30 countries worldwide. Colin Campbell is in Ballydehob, Ireland.
Peak Oil - Michael Lynch
Not everyone buys the idea of Peak Oil. Michael Lynch is one of the most vocal Peak Oil critics out there. He's a long-time oil industry analyst and President of consulting firm Strategic Energy and Economic Research. And he's working on a book about the Peak Oil movement. Michael Lynch was in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Daddy Bonding - Panel
We started this segment with a scene from Mary Poppins. The movie is set in 1910 ... the first year Father's Day was celebrated and a time when it was pretty clear what being the man of the house was all about.
A hundred years later, there aren't many fathers who would define their position quite that way. And so this morning, with the 100th Father's Day nearly upon us, we're asking what, exactly, a modern Dad is supposed to be.
For their thoughts on that, we were joined by three people. David Eddie is a writer with the Globe and Mail and the author of Housebroken: Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Dad. He was in Toronto. Stephanie Coontz is a professor of History and Family Studies at The Evergreen State College. She's also the Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. Her new book is called Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage. She was in Olympia, Washington. And Brad Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. He was in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Moral Imperative - Kevin Poulsen
We started this segment with a a part of a classified U.S. Army video shot in Iraq in 2007. In the video, you can see U.S. troops shooting Iraqis from a helicopter. And you can hear them laughing about it. Several innocent civilians were killed in the attack, including an unarmed man who tried to rescue the wounded.
For a long time, that video remained a secret. But then Bradley Manning got his hands on it. He's a U.S. Army intelligence analyst. Bradley Manning is alleged to have leaked the video, along with other classified information, to a website called Wikileaks. It is further alleged that he claimed a moral obligation in making that video public.
In the space of two months, the video has been viewed seven million times. Earlier this month, Wired Magazine broke the news that the U.S. Army had detained Bradley Manning. Kevin Poulsen is an Editor and Writer at Wired Magazine. He was in San Francisco.
Article of Interest: NY Times
The Moral Imperative - Nabil Noor-Eldeen
The Pentagon may view Bradley Manning as a potential criminal. But Nabil Noor-Eldeen sees him as a hero. Nabil Noor-Eldeen is an Iraqi citizen. His brother Namir died that day in July of 2007 when US soldiers opened fire on Iraqi civilians. Nabil Noor-Eldeen was in Mosul, Iraq. He spoke to us through a translator, Maher Sami.
The Moral Imperative - Gabriel Schoenfeld
According to Gabriel Schoenfeld, leaking classified information -- even with the best of intentions -- can be dangerous. He's a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law. He was in New York City.
The Moral Imperative - Daniel Ellsberg
Daniel Ellsberg knows the consequences of leaking information better than pretty much anyone. In 1971, he was a military analyst with the U.S. Defence Department. And he leaked the now infamous Pentagon Papers ... the top-secret Pentagon study that showed the U.S. government had intentionally misled the public about the war in Vietnam. Daniel Ellsberg is the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. He was was in Berkeley, California.