The Atomic Show #081 – Five friendly atomic geeks

John Wheeler, Kirk Sorensen, Kelly Taylor, Robert Margolis and Rod Adams talk about nuclear news as of February 10, 2008. Topics include Indian Point, dash to gas, new plants, anti-nuclear antics

Virtual round table discussion with four guests whose total nuclear experience is more than 100 years.

John Wheeler – host of This Week in Nuclear Podcast

Kirk Sorensen – publisher of Energy from Thorium

Kelly Taylor – work at home mom and 20+ year veteran of the nuclear power industry

Robert Margolis – reactor engineer and 20+ year veteran of the nuclear power industry

During the discussion, we covered a variety of topics including the move back to gas for new electric power plants, the pressure against coal, an economic analysis from an independent group on the cost of shutting down Indian Point Nuclear Station, and ways to improve the speed to market for new nuclear power plants.


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  1. GREAT SHOW! Do it again!


  2. Rod Adams says:


    Glad you approved. We are hoping to make similar discussions a regular feature. It is kind of difficult to arrange the schedules of such busy people, but I have begun building a list of potential rotating members. Are you interested?

  3. Lloyd says:

    Rod: Interesting, but I might suggest that each podcast needs a discussion point or purpose.

    The ones that work the best for me are interviews with people outside of the industry. or the old timers. It is good to hear an outsider’s point of view. Working in the industry can be an echo chamber. Also hearing about how things were done in the past is interesting.

    BTW, I just listened to an interesting podcast by Jim Detmers VP of operations at the California ISO. It seemed somewhat disorganized since you can’t see his PowerPoint slides, but informative just the same. The point he kept making is the destablizing effect of wind power on the grid.

    Unfortunately, the podcast seems only to be available on Itunes. Go to Itunes U under Stanford. There are several energy related podcasts. Some are worthwhile.

    Good to hear where Bob M. wound up. If I recall correctly, he started out in our department, as a summer student or first job out of college.