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Who’s Afraid of Nuclear Power

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2006 INTRO: Welcome to Spotlight, Link TV’s weekly series of investigative reports from around the world. I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco. This episode the spotlight is on nuclear power and global warming. <!–more–> Global warming may be the best thing to happen to the nuclear industry in a long time. The industry has been on its back for more than thirty years now. The last order for a new reactor in the United States was in 1974. Five years later came a partial reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island. Seven years after that, a total meltdown at Chernobyl. But economics remains the biggest shortcoming. Nuclear power plants take so long to build and cost so much that Wall Street turned its back on them twenty years ago. Global… Read more

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Operation Condor

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2005 INTRO Hello, I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco, and welcome to Spotlight, Link TV’s investigative news show, featuring documentaries from around the world, reporting stories usually missed by American television. <!–more–> This week, our spotlight is on US-funded assassination squads in South America. In the name of fighting terrorism in the 1970s, military dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia secretly collaborated to hunt down and eliminate each other’s political opponents. Tens of thousands of suspected leftists were kidnapped, tortured and killed, including attacks in Europe and the United States. In 1978, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said Argentina… Read more

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The Oil Factor

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2005 INTRO: Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco, and this is Link TV’s investigative news program, presenting documentaries from filmmakers and reporters around the world, telling stories usually missed by American television. <!–more–> This week our spotlight is on oil and U.S. foreign policy. For the United States, oil is a matter of life and death. Without oil, our economy would crash, our suburbs would become uninhabitable, modern life itself would shudder to a halt. As Hurricane Katrina showed, even minor supply disruptions can bring back the gas lines and price spikes of the 1970s. So it’s no surprise that oil has long been central to U.S. foreign policy. The Bush administration,… Read more

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Hidden Daughters

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2005 INTRO: Hello, I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco, and welcome to Spotlight, Link TV’s investigative news show, featuring documentaries from around the world, reporting stories usually missed by American television. <!–more–> This week our spotlight is on the teenage daughters of Islamic immigrants in Europe. The parents of these girls want to raise them in the traditional, Islamic way: no dating, no boyfriends, a girl stays home until a marriage is arranged for her. Some daughters accept this, but those who resist, face a difficult, even dangerous future. Some parents in effect abduct their daughters and return them to the old country, where the girls are re-educated and forced into marriages with unwanted relatives or… Read more

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The Baghdad Blogger

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2005 INTRO: Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco, and this is Link TV’s investigative news program, presenting documentaries from filmmakers and reporters around the world, telling stories usually missed by American television. <!–more–> This week our spotlight is on the Baghdad Blogger. No one knows his real name, but he calls himself Salam Pax-peace, in Arabic and Latin. Born and raised in the Iraqi capital, he speaks perfect, idiomatic English. As an affluent, western-educated architect, the Baghdad Blogger is not a typical Iraqi. But he straddles both worlds – he can travel among and speak freely with his fellow countrymen and women, and then share their views, along with his own, with the… Read more

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American Virgins

by Mark HertsgaardLinkTV, Sep 01, 2005 INTRO: Hello, I’m Mark Hertsgaard in San Francisco, and welcome to Spotlight, Link TV’s investigative news show, featuring documentaries from around the world, reporting stories usually missed by American television. <!–more–> This week our spotlight is on the abstinence debate in the United States. Many Christian conservatives, including President Bush, believe American adolescents should hear a simple, consistent message: only abstinence offers true protection against pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Schools should teach kids to just say “No” to sex, not teach them how to have it safely. It’s a controversial message, but it’s now government policy. The documentary you’re about to see explores the… Read more

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By now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did: leak top secret documents revealing that the US government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. But if you want to know why Snowden did it, the way he did it, you need to know the stories of two other men.


The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same surveillance ten years before Snowden did and got crushed. The other is The Third Man, a former senior Pentagon official who comes forward in this book for the first time to describe how his superiors repeatedly broke the law to punish Drakeā€”and unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches.


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About Mark

Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.

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