California is burning, and Pacific Gas & Electric—one of the biggest privately-owned utility companies in the state—is coming under criticism for their role in the fires and their failure to provide service and safety to more than 2 million California residents who went days without power last week. To shed some light on this situation, […]
The Trump administration recently declared its interest in purchasing Greenland from Denmark. What’s this all about? In the first segment, we talk to Claus Elholm Andersen, professor of Scandinavian studies in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW–Madison, to get some insight on Greenland’s history and resources—and why it’s strategically important to global […]
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast from January 7, 2019. As wildfire season approaches again, we return to this conversation with guest Dave Lowe, who works for the US Forest Service and is one of two fireline archaeologists in the state of Wisconsin. Over the course of the hour, he and Patty discuss the particular hazards […]
What are fireline archaeologists and what is their role in firefighting and other disaster management? We learn about this profession on today’s episode with guest Dave Lowe, who works for the US Forest Service and is one of two fireline archaeologists in the state of Wisconsin. Over the course of the hour, he and Patty […]
The Carr Fire. The Ferguson Fire. The Cranston Fire. The Substation Fire. 2018 has been the year of fire, with wildfires raging in the Western U.S., Canada, and throughout Europe. On today’s episode, Patty interviews fire historian Stephen J. Pyne about the history and politics of firefighting, media coverage of wildfires, and why Smokey Bear […]
This Week on Mel & Floyd: The Dulcet Tones of Mel’s Cold, A Lightning Round of WORT’s Birthday Boost, Melvina’s Skills at Negotiation (and fire starting), Polka the official Music of New World Order, and a plentitude of reasons to continue to support Independent Media!!