Most of the information you need to become ‘clued up’ on Integral Fast Reactor nuclear power is in written form of one sort of another: books, popular science articles, blog posts, and so on. But there’s plenty more out there. One fun way to get some ‘passive learning’ is to sit back and let your ears do the hard work. Below is a list of some radio interviews (and one TV slot) in which different people talk about fast reactors and related issues to do with Generation IV nuclear power:
1. Tom Blees was interviewed by George Noory on Coast to Coast AM radio for the last 2 hours of the show in January 2009. Tom discussed how IFRs burns nuclear waste as fuel, and why this technology has the potential to provide unlimited energy. It’s a completely clean and safe energy source that could put coal and fossil fuel out of business, he declared. Tom also got a 50 minute gig on Douglas Everett’s Radio Parallax in February 2009 (audio here). Another interview is here.
2. Rod Adams, who runs the Atomic Insights blog, has recently interviewed George Stanford (Stanford earned his PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Yale University and then spent his professional career doing nuclear reactor safety research at the Argonne National Laboratory: he talks about sodium-cooled fast reactors and pyroprocessing.), Clinton Bastin (Bastin is an atomic pioneer who worked on used fuel recycling for most of his 42 year career. He has some strong opinions to share about related technologies.) and Steve Kirsch (Two years ago, Kirsch, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, was sure that the US did not need nuclear power. Now he thinks it can save the planet. Find out what changed his mind.).
3. James Hansen was interviewed (TV) by Charlies Rose, where he says humanity should look forward to using 4th generation nuclear reactors. Ray Lightning has a post about it here, with links to the video.
4. Mark Lynas is confronted on BBC Radio 4: Today by Greenpeace’s Caroline Lucas for saying that nuclear power must be part of the 21st century energy solution. Lynas puts it as follows: On Radio 4′s Today programme, Green party leader Caroline Lucas accused me of having “lost the plot”. When I argued back, she accused me of “just being silly”. I was a traitor.
5. Finally, for some fireworks: Tom Blees was interviewed on The Peter B. Collins Show in November 2009, in a discussion that focused mostly on nuclear pros and cons. Harvey Wasserman, journalist, activist and author of Solartopia: Our Green-Powered Earth, joined in for the second half of the show. For extra points, count the number of times an increasingly heated Wasserman says “it’s just theoretical!“.
If you know of any other relevant interviews, please let us know in the comments below.
Whilst on this topic, I should also note that there is an excellent climate radio programme available for download as .MP3 files, called The 300 to 350 Show (named after Target CO2). It ran throughout 2008 as weekly 30 minute episodes. Its predecessor shows (Low Carbon Show , Two Degrees  and Climate Confidential  are also archived at the linked site).
These three shows surveyed a diverse range of global-warming-related topics, and usually included interesting interviews with climate scientists, economists, activists and so on. Major events were regularly covered: for instance, this show focused on the Poznan climate conference from late 2008. It’s definitely worth checking out (and has been on my Climate Resources list [left sidebar] for quite some time).
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