51% Show #1222

Dec 14, 2012

Rachel Corrie

The tensions in Gaza heated up in November, with attacks from both sides ending with nearly 150 dead in Palestine and six dead in Israel.  At the same time, Palestine’s effort to win further UN recognition was being discouraged by both Israel and the US, with those countries arguing only negotiations could create an independent Palestinian state.

Cindy and Craig Corrie watch the developments in Gaza closely. Their daughter, Rachel, was run over by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003 as she protested along the Rafah/Egyptian border with nine others. An Israeli court ruled this year that Rachel was to blame – she put herself in harm’s way. Her parents have taken up the peace work their daughter died for, and the Rachel Corrie Foundation this year won the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

10:10  Cindy and Craig Corrie  Barnett

Cindy and Craig Corrie are the founders of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.  

Coming up, biodegradable, sustainable cars. They’re getting closer to reality. 


Sustainable cars aren’t new ideas. Back in the early 1940s, Henry Ford developed the world's first "bio-car." It was a prototype displayed at a motor show in Michigan. The car's plastic panels were made from soy beans, wheat, and hemp. Ford's prototype didn't survive the Second World War, but the idea of biodegradable plastic parts lives on...

Biodegradable Car  1:30  PRX

Isla Earth is produced by the Catalina Island Conservancy with support from its Fund for a Sustainable Planet.

The Ford Motor Company is still working to design sustainable cars – and much of their biomaterials team are women.  Dr. Ellen Lee explained reducing petroleum products goes much farther than just improved gas mileage.

8:11  Dr. Ellen Lee  Ford  Barnett

Dr. Ellen Lee is part of the biomaterials team at the Ford Motor Company.


That’s our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme  music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Thanks so much for joining us…we’ll be back next week with another edition of 51% The Women's Perspective.

Kevin Bartlett - Glow in the Dark 

The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows  

Rufus Wainwright - I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise