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Published On: Sun, Apr 5th, 2015

Three Mile Island Anniversary Special – Nuclear Hotseat #196


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Stream the show via YouTube courtesy of UCY.TV below:



The 36th Anniversary of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Islandnear Harrisburg, PA, is remembered in this reconstruction of the first three days in human terms – how people first learned of it, the early lies and attempts at a cover-up, how the media dug into the story instead of whitewashing it, and what even hearing the word “evacuation” did to that part of the world.



  • Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education (;
  • Middletown, PA resident Mary Stamos, who lived within six miles of the reactors.  She reports on the earliest impact from the accident and the difficulty getting information through official channels;
  • Three Mile Island Alert technical expert Scott Portzline, on suspicions  held by the NRC of possible sabotage (;
  • Former Nuclear Regulatory  Commissioner Peter Bradford;
  • With media clips of Walter Cronkite’s special CBS Three Mile Island report on the third day of the accident;
  • Interviews with Metropolitan Edison officials and nuclear workers done by reporters at the time of the accident;
  • Audio of decisions being made in the control room at the time, recorded by accident on a dictaphone.

All interwoven with Libbe HaLevy’s story of what it was like to be one mile from a nuclear meltdown as it was happening.

Read Libbe’s full story of what happened when she was caught one mile from the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island… and its impact on the rest of her life in:

Libbe HaLevy’s nuclear memoir: Yes, I Glow in the Dark: One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Beyond – available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle (click image)

Libbe HaLevy’s nuclear memoir: Yes, I Glow in the Dark: One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Beyond – available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle (click image)


Truth and Lies about Three Mile Island (and Fukushima): A Short Video by Myla Reson


It’s not about the Beirut airport catching radioactive feminine hygiene products shipped to them from Dubai; it’s that US airports aren’t set up to examine shipments and catch this kind of problem.

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Nuclear Hotseat is the weekly international news magazine keeping you up to date on all things anti-nuclear. Produced and hosted by Three Mile Island survivor Libbe HaLevy, each podcast contains the week’s glowinthedark3D1 (1)international nuclear news, at least one expert interview, ways to protect physical health of yourself and your loved ones from the dangers of radiation exposure, and activist opportunities.

Experts interviewed by Nuclear Hotseat in its first two years include: Arnie Gundersen, nuclear engineer and head of Fairewinds Energy Education; Dr. Helen Caldicott, founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility; Dr. Janette Sherman and Joseph Mangano, authors of “An Unexpected Mortality Increase in the United States Follows Arrival of the Radioactive Plume from Fukushima: Is There a Correlation?”; Karl Grossman, Journalist and host of “Enviro Close-Up”; Daniel Hirsch, Nuclear Policy Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz; Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Mochizuki Iori, blogger, Fukushima Diary. Nuclear Hotseat accepts no advertising and is entirely community supported. To learn how you can help keep this vital resource going please click here.

For a free chapter of Libbe Halevy’s book, “Yes, I Glow In The Dark,” click here and enter your name and email address.

Nuclear Hotseat is presented on TND with permission.



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