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Episode #128 (FINAL): July 26, 2009
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Jim O'Brien
Executive Director of Science, Energy & Technology
Show appearances: Mar. 23, 2008, May 4, 2008

Jim has over a decade of political and campaign experience, serving in leadership positions for local, state and national campaigns for candidates in both parties. Jim currently serves as a member of Governor Lynch's Climate Change Task Force, charged with presenting a plan for the state of New Hampshire to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. Jim was named Chair of John McCain's Conservation Advisory Committee, helping Senator McCain highlight his positions on global warming and climate issues. In 2002, Jim served as chairman and manager for former Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey's campaign for New Hampshire Governor. Prior to the Humphrey campaign, Jim was principal owner of Stepping Stone Management, a political consulting company specializing in technology and strategic communications. In 2007, Jim was named one of the 40 leaders in New Hampshire under the age of forty by the Manchester Union Leader. He is a Steering Committee member of the Carbon Coalition, an organization that advocates for responsible energy policies.

Commissioner Charles O'Leary
Former/Acting Commissioner of the Department of Transportation
Show appearances: Aug. 26, 2007

Charles O’Leary returned for a second tour as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Transportation on March 19, 2007. He previously served as NHDOT Commissioner from 1990 to 1996. A graduate of The US Naval Academy, Chuck O’Leary is a veteran of the nuclear submarine service. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Throughout an extensive business career, he has held Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer positions in various private and public manufacturing and materials technology companies. During his prior time as NHDOT Commissioner, O’Leary was also involved in transportation matters and issues at the regional and national levels. He served as President of NASTO, Chairman of the AASHTO Standing Committee on Research, and as a member of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.

Sarah Olson
Independent Reporter
Show appearance: Apr. 8, 2007

Sarah Olson is an independent journalist and radio producer who lives and works in Oakland, California. She graduated from Simmons College in Boston with a degree in Women's Studies.

Olson has reported and produced for the National Radio Project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Pacifica Radio, and Free Speech Radio News. Her articles have appeared in AlterNet, Editor &Publisher, Common Dreams, Truthout, ZNet, Left Turn, Dollars & Sense and others. She has reported from locations across the United States, as well as from the West Bank and India.

Last year Olson conducted an exclusive interview with U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the highest-ranking member of the military to publicly refuse to deploy to Iraq. She published the interview for both print and broadcast outlets. Lt. Watada has been charged with "conduct unbecoming an officer" based on statements he made about the Iraq War in public and to individual journalists. To make these charges stick, the Army has subpoenaed Olson to testify on behalf of the prosecution at the February 5th court-martial.

Olson is taking the position that journalists should not be asked to participate in the prosecution of political speech. The subpoenas threaten to subvert the notion of press freedom, and to chill debate and personal speech in the United States. In a December 30th article for Editor & Publisher, Olson writes: I stand firmly by a conviction I share with many: a member of the press should never be placed in the position of aiding a government prosecution of political speech. This goes against the grain of even the most basic understanding of the First Amendment's free press guarantees and the expectation of a democracy that relies on a free flow of information and perspectives without fear of censor or retribution.

Russ Ouellette
Committee For An Independent Voice - NH
Show appearance: July 22, 2007

Russ Ouellette lives in Bedford with his wife Charlene and their two children Liam and Carley. Russ is an executive business consultant in private practice for 6 years and currently writing his doctorial dissertation on social network efficiency. As independent most of his life, Russ embraces a post modernist perspective of politics. Russ has been involved with NH-CIV for a little more than a year after a 3 year search of a place to lend his support. What he admires about NH-CIV is their ability to listen and embrace differences in opinion regardless of political label.

Rep. Derek Owen
NH State Representative (D)
Organic Farmer
Show appearance: Apr. 22, 2007

A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, Derek is farmer, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and longtime participant in community affairs. Well known for his traditional New England stone walls, he's also a working man with a reputation for taking on tough jobs others won't try.

Holder of a degree in Agricultural Economics from UNH, Derek Owen has served Hopkinton as Chairman of the town's Conservation Commission, a member of its Hopkinton Recreation Committee and has served on the Hopkinton Recycling Committee.

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