RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island – Interview w/Director Heidi Hutner
This Week’s Feature Interview:
Today is the 44th anniversary of the start of the nuclear meltdown at Three Mile Island near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I was there, one mile away when it happened, and the experience completely changed the trajectory of my life. For one thing, I would not be producing this program if I hadn’t been there. But while I’ve done my research, read books, viewed films and TV programs, interviewed genuine experts, no one had addressed the human, emotional, personal toll that the accident and its aftermath extracted from the population.
That is, until now. RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island rolls out the story of the 1979 accident and how it affected four mothers from the community. It includes scientific information, of course, but the emphasis is on the human side of the story – the part that the nuclear industry leaves out as it cites statistics and spews false assurances of safety. It’s a calm, understated, and ultimately devastating film that is already having an impact on those who have seen it, and these are as yet early days. So it was with special interest that I set up an interview with the woman behind the film.
- Heidi Hutner is a professor of Literature, Sustainability, Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, and a scholar of nuclear and environmental history, literature, film, and ecofeminism. Hutner chaired the Sustainability Studies Program for six years and was Associate Dean in the School of Marine, Atmospheric Science, and Sustainability. She is the winner of Sierra Club Long Island’s 2015 Environmentalist of the Year Award and much more.
We spoke on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
- Scheduled screenings for RADIOACTIVE: The Women of Three Mile Island are listed at: RadioactivetheFilm.com.
Three Mile Island Anniversary Show, 2021
For those who want a more narrative presentation of what happened at Three Mile Island, here’s a link to Nuclear Hotseat’s anniversary program from 2021:
Libbe HaLevy’s nuclear memoir, YES, I GLOW IN THE DARK!
Nuclear Hotseat producer and host Libbe HaLevy’s nuclear memoir is YES, I GLOW IN THE DARK! One Mile from Three Mile Island to Fukushima and Nuclear Hotseat. It contains full information on her experience having been one mile from the nuclear accident at TMI when it happened, as well as actions any one of us can take to work against nuclear power and nuclear weapons. You can purchase your copy of the book HERE.
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- Dennis DuVall, 81-year-old anti-nuclear protester is in German prison for actions demanding that U.S. nuclear bombs stationed at Germany’s Buchel NATO base be withdrawn.
You can write to him during his 60 day sentence at JVA Bautzen, Breitscheid Str. 4, 02625 Bautzen, Germany. More information (and future updates if he gets moved to another prison) at www.bit.ly/DennisDuVall.
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