Hurricane Sandy . . and details about this week’s eTown airing
By Helen ~ October 31, 2012
Well, by now we all have seen the effects of the ‘storm of the century’ hitting up and down the east coast, in this country and beyond. So very sad, the destruction and devastation. Lives lost, homes and businesses gone, billions of dollars of damage. All of us here at eTown send our sincere sympathy and prayers to those of you impacted by this natural disaster, or who have friends or family who’ve been negatively affected by it.
These big storms are nothing new; we’ve seen these happening more and more in the past few years. And, unfortunately, experts predict that trend will continue; it’s due in large part to climate change (at least according to something like 98% of scientists and others who are in the know). When are we going to wake up and pay attention? It’s long past time to aggressively address global warming.
Nick actually came up with a great idea about how to contribute to that end, while putting a ton of people back to work. We were driving out to a national park a couple years ago while visiting in Sedona, Arizona. It was a lovely drive. At one point, below us, we noticed a high-end housing development, full of big beautiful homes with lovely tile roofs, that stretched for as far as the eye could see. What struck us, on this pristinely sunny day (typical Arizona day I might add), was that there was not a solar panel in sight. Not one. Crazy. All those folks could be making their own electricity! (A bit of eTown trivia: We’re making solar powered energy here at eTown Hall; those 236 solar panels on the roof produce enough electricity to cover just about all of our energy needs as a matter of fact.)
Anyway, on the way home, Nick came up with the idea of a government program much like a typical FDR public works project during the Great Depression; in this case, tons of people could be employed to retrofit public buildings with solar panels. Every school, every library, every city/state/national governmental administration office, and on and on. Throughout the country. Stimulate the economy, encourage manufacturing and provide employment to folks who need it, all while producing solar power and lessening dependency on coal and oil consumption.
Great idea right? I have to figure out a way to get that idea to Washington. Ran it by someone here who’s prominent in Colorado’s political scene; he’s not optimistic something like that would happen anytime soon, unfortunately, due to the partisan politics of Washington.
One thing that IS going to happen soon though is this week’s broadcast/podcast (how about that for a transition? OK, slightly cheesy but I had to get to this week’s show right?). Here’s the scoop on what’s in store:
For one thing, Matt Nathanson returns to the eTown stage to share his crazy sense of humor, super energetic music style and tunes from his most recent CD, Modern Love. Matt’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met (also one of the most naturally profane; but that’s another story). His brain, you can tell, is just always going a million miles an hour (fyi his conversation with Nick this show is priceless). He’s a really great guy. We always love having Matt with us.
Also joining us is relative newcomer Robert Francis, a multi-instrumentalist and soulful songwriter. He’s been playing music since he was very young (a bit of trivia: Ry Cooder, who is Robert’s sister’s father-in-law, actually gave Robert his first guitar!). There’s quite a buzz about him going around amongst music industry types, and many in the business are predicting he’s going to go far. You should definitely check him out on this week’s eTown program (you can also see some of our videos from that show too if you like, just look below).
All that, plus a VERY cool E-Chievement Award story too. Should be a fun hour on the radio.
Shoot! I’m out of time, was going to tell you about our recent Open House at eTown Hall . . . next week. But I still DO need to take a moment and give a shout out to longtime friend and eTown booster, Barry Ollman, who is now home from the hospital and recuperating from a recent major heart attack:
Barry, we love you! You scared the heck out of all of us who care about you. SO glad you’re now on the road to recovery.