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This Week
September 19, 2003

This week on NOW:

Christine Todd Whitman arrived in Washington to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with commendable credentials as a former governor of New Jersey who supported pro-environmental policies. So why was she criticized for overseeing a period rife with the wholesale gutting of key environmental protections by the Bush Administration? In May, barely two years into the job, she resigned. NOW examines the new priorities at the EPA, where, critics say, environmental protection takes a back seat to politics, and Whitman gives NOW a first-hand account of the controversies that dogged her tenure.

As President of the National Environmental Trust, it's Philip Clapp's job to inform the public about environmental problems and how they affect our health and quality of life. After working on energy and environmental issues in Washington since the 1970s, he's got some tough words about the current U.S. strategy. Clapp talks to Bill Moyers about how our national environmental policy may affect our international relations, his concerns about how ties to the oil and nuclear industries have directed that policy, and the politics behind the new energy bill.

Through characters like Easy Rawlins, writer Walter Mosley has taken millions of us into the world of Black working class America. Best known as a mystery, science fiction, and short story writer, Mosley says: "I think that any good fiction will tell you more about the era... than history will." But Mosley is also known in some circles for his strong political views, his activism and works of non-fiction. Earlier this year, Mosley took time off from writing mysteries to publish WHAT NEXT: A MEMOIR TOWARD WORLD PEACE, an essay about world peace and his own opposition to war in Iraq. NPR's Deborah Amos talks to Mosley about his latest mystery, FEAR ITSELF and about his experience of 9/11 as an African-American.

Plus, a Bill Moyers Journal.

In Depth

Cloudy skies

The battle over the Clear Skies Initiative

Former EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman speaks out

Anti-smog demonstration

The Council on Environmental Quality

Philip Clapp on the state of the environment

Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley on the craft of writing

Explore the works of Walter Mosley


Talk about the environment on the message boards


Moyers on Old Friends and Comrades in Arms

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Clearing the Air
Producers: Katie Pitra
NPR Correspondent: Roberta Baskin
Editor: Alison Amron

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