As we pay close attention to the debate over hydrofracking this morning – and all week — on WAMC, we now turn to an interview between our Alan Chartock and Dennis Holbrook, executive vice president and chief legal officer of Norse Energy Corporation. Holbrook has spent nearly four decades in the energy industry and has served as a director of the Independent Oil and Gas Association for the past 25 years. Holbrook describes the chemical mix used in the fracking process.

Joe Donahue and Alan Chartock are joined in studio by Natalie Merchant, guitarist, Gabriel Gordon, Frack Action Communications Director John Armstrong and pediatrician and activist, Dr. Larysa Dyrszka. To find out more information about the issue, the rally and concert - go to NYagainstfracking.org.

Story Musgrave

May 10, 2012

Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.

Kevin Smith, Chairmen of the Woodstock land Conservancy; Patty Goodwin, President of the Woodstock Land Conservancy; and Laurie Ylvisaker, Maverick Board member, Woodstock Land Conservancy supporter and Vernal Fling committee member, join us to talk about this year's Vernal Fling honoring Congressman Maurice HInchey.

Author and journalist Tom Wilber join us to discuss his new book, Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale. He'll be at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck on May 4th.

Aired 5/2/2012

We welcome Jim Robinson and speak with him about his book, The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet.

Diane Forsberg, Deputy Director & Chief Curator of The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, joins us to talk about the exhibition, "Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen: Life Observed Up-Close" and this coming Sunday's Earth Day family events.

Abrahm Lustgraten is an award-winning reporter for ProPublica and a former writer for Fortune. He joins us to speak about his book,Run to Failure: BP and the Making of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.