October 30 - On the Ground in Ohio; A Meteorologist on Global Warming Denial; "We Are All From New Orleans Now"

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We begin with what is happening in Ohio, the key swing state where the president cancelled last-minute rallies to deal with the devastation caused by the super storm Sandy. An expert on election law, Daniel Tokaji, a Professor of Law at Ohio State University’s College of Law joins us to discuss whether there will be a repeat of the close election in 2004 which many Democrats feel was stolen by the Republicans who remain in control of the state’s election apparatus. daniel tokaji

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Then we speak with meteorologist Michael Mann, the Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University and author of “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines”. We discuss the politics of global warming denial in the present election environment and the reality of climate change that will impact the politics of the future.

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Then finally we look into the staggering and growing cost of this latest storm with Mike Tidwell the Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the author of “The Ravaging Tide”, a book about global warming and hurricanes. He has an article at The Nation “We Are All from New Orleans Now”. We discuss the extent to which insurance companies are recognizing the growing threat of climate change and whether they will weigh in against the global warming denial campaign financed by oil and coal companies who have the Republican Party and a lot of coal and oil-state Democrats in their pockets.

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