“Closed Doors; Open Democracies?” Program Description

 Moderator: Ira Flatow, NPR’s Science Friday

Panel 1 will focus on national issues. Speakers include:

  • Timothy Donaghy, Scientific Integrity Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will give an overview of how "Secrecy Can Make You Sick" – how secrecy of and manipulation of science can hurt you and your community



  • Rick Piltz, Director of Climate Science Watch, whistleblower who resigned from the U.S. Climate Change Science Program to protest Bush administration political manipulation.



  • Susan Wood, Research Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and former FDA official who quit over the delay of Plan B



  • Jay Dyckman, Director of The Knowledge Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship, to discuss first amendment free speech issues and describe what you can do


Panel 2 will focus on state and local issues. Speakers include:

  • Dorothy Biggs, former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) librarian, National Enforcement Investigations Center



  • Rob Thompson, Public Interest Advocate, North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG)



  • Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page editor of the Washington Examiner


Pete Weitzel of the Coalition of Journalists for Open Government will present discoveries of a national audit to collect emergency response plans

Gary Bass, Executive Director of OMB Watch, will conclude with ideas on how you can get involved!


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