On March 9, 2006, Shane Brown and I recorded the first episode of The Atomic Show. We formatted the show as a couple of geeks chatting about atomic energy and published it on Cameron Reilly’s The Podcast Network. On March 17, 2013, I hosted and recorded Atomic Show #200 as a roundtable discussion that included seven talented participants. As Lawrence Welk might have said – “It’s a really good show!” (Yes, I am old enough to have enjoyed Welk’s variety show in its original broadcast form.)
The Atomic Show has traveled a meandering course over the past 7 years. There’ve been some periods where they come fast and furious, other times there have been several quiet months in a row. That is not uncommon in the podcast world where much of the work is done by passionate amateurs.
The Show has been on a pretty good roll in the past several months turning into an almost regular weekly conversation among the growing group of talented and excited pronuclear communicators. This week, besides a some rather humbling congratulations from my friends, we talked about a number of interesting topics including:
- Keep Kewaunee Cooking (without gas) – We brainstormed various options for turning Kewaunee’s future prospects around. That fully operational, licensed and well-maintained nuclear plant is current scheduled to be shutdown in May 2013. I made a bold prediction that it will not shut permanently this year.
- Encouraging nuclear professionals to get active. On the recording, we used slightly more colorful language.
- Australia’s antinuclear attitude, despite being one of the world’s largest suppliers of uranium
- Germany’s nuclear phaseout and the system stresses that are starting to appear
- Professional antinuclear groups that have managed to operate as non-profits for many decades
- Optimism that things are changing for nuclear energy, as demonstrated by upcoming pronuclear communications milestones such as the planned summer release of Pandora’s Promise
- Andrea Jennetta, the publisher of Fuel Cycle Week and I Dig U Mining, joined in from Washington, DC.
- Ben Heard, the principle at Think Climate Consulting and the publisher of Decarbonise SA, joined from Adelaide, South Australia
- Gwyneth Cravens, the author of Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy and a star on Pandora’s Promise, joined us from her winter abode in Carmel, CA
- Kelly Taylor, a working mom with more than 20 years of experience as a nuclear energy professional, joined us from a minivan sound booth in Louisa County, VA
- Suzy Hobbs-Baker, the director of PopAtomic Studio and the Nuclear Literacy Project, joined us from a hotel in Germany where she is on a nuclear tourism tour
- Will Davis, who publishes Atomic Power Review and writes for both the ANS Nuclear Cafe and Fuel Cycle Week, joined us from slightly west of Cleveland, OH
- Rod Adams (that’s me) hosted the gathering from his spare-bedroom office in Forest, VA in the foothills of the beautiful and inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains. Isn’t Skype a wonderful tool for worldwide communications?
This week’s guest list was longer than usual and spread around the globe and across the US.
My guests were generous in their congratulations for reaching the milestone of 200 shows. It was humbling to listen to their kind words and motivating to hear Kelly Taylor tell me that she is looking forward to show number 400.
I want to thank everyone who participates to help make the show possible, and that includes everyone who listens. I’m especially grateful to those who take the time to comment or otherwise provide feedback. It would be difficult to keep on going if I thought that there was no one listening.
I have several favors to ask. Please tell your friends and/or colleagues about the show. If you are a nuclear energy professional, listen carefully to this particular episode and think about ways to spread factual nuclear energy information to your local community and about ways to help your neighbors understand more about what motivates you to do what you do. Please take the time to go to iTunes, search for The Atomic Show, and rate the show. If you feel strongly enough, add a review.
Finally, do some brainstorming of your own about ways to Keep Kewaunee Cooking (without gas). It would be a tragedy and a waste of valuable resources to destroy that fully functional plant and fire the excellent people who keep it running.