Chat with a uranium mineral collector and nuclear power supporter
Ruth Sponsler is an amateur mineral collector, a resident of the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and an active supporter of the use of nuclear energy. She blogs at We Support Lee.
Shane and I invited her onto the show to talk about her unusual hobby and find out how she goes about finding minerals, particularly those that contain uranium and thorium.
In addition to talking about mineral collecting, we spoke about local (to North Carolina) nuclear politics, European role models for energy production, and a bit of nuclear family history – Ruth’s mother knew people like Enrico Fermi and Leo Szliard.
We also discussed high mileage automobiles – Ruth drives a hybrid Prius while I have been driving a VW Jetta TDI (Turbo Diesel Injected) since 2001. Shane mentioned something about VW’s diesel production for the US – here is a link that provides a bit more detail VW and TDI for the future
The show concludes with a special guest appearance by some of Ruth’s minerals.
Following the show, you will hear a short promo for Hobo Radio, part of The Podcast Network line up of independently produced podcasts. I think I recognized the tune being whistled in the background as “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. Of course, the snippets are too short to violate any copyright laws!
We hope you enjoyed this episode, especially hearing a new voice with a different perspective on nuclear matters. We plan to bring you more of those kinds of interviews – in fact, if you are interested or know someone that we should talk to, please do not hesitate to make a comment or suggestion.