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Bob Tregilus

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hpr1386 :: Hacking Public Policy: The Underground Press

Released on 2013-11-25 under a CC-BY-SA license.

In this Hacker Public Radio episode Bob Tregilus continues an exploration on how to hack public policy. Because outreach and education is so critical to building a successful movement, Tregilus talks to Ken Wachsberger of Lansing, Michigan, about the underground press of the late '60s and early '70s. Wachsberger was involved with the "Joint Issue," an underground paper serving southeastern Michigan.

Questions addressed and answered include:

  1. The history of the underground press.
  2. Constraints on leisure time in the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  3. Differences between the underground press, the alternative press, and the corporate press.
  4. Community organizing in the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  5. Social issues of the '60s vs. the 2000s.
  6. And more!

Host: Bob Tregilus

Guest: Ken Wachsberger

Other resources mentioned are:

  • Independent Voices is a four-year project to digitize over 1 million pages from the magazines, journals and newspapers of the alternative press archives of participating libraries: <>.

hpr1310 :: Energy Democracy defined

Released on 2013-08-09 under a CC-BY-SA license.

This program is a special panel discussion episode of, This Week in Energy (TWiE), where co-hosts Kirsten & Bob define the concept of Energy Democracy and hacking the traditional central-station monopoly electric utility business model.

There's an energy transition (or "energiewende" in German) underway in the energy space where the 19th and 20th century central-station monopoly utility business model is breaking down (or getting hacked) and ownership of electric generation capacity is transferring to individuals, co-ops, and so forth.

This is due in large part to an entropy effect because "the ubiquitous nature of renewable energy argues for a decentralist energy approach." But, also, public policy can either help the energy transition move faster, or it can slow it down.

Thus an emerging global battle is brewing and it's very similar to the disruptions that have been taking place in the telecom sector due to advancements in IT and the advent of the Internet over the past couple of decades.

Hosts: Kirsten Hasberg (Denmark & Germany) and Bob Tregilus (U.S.A.) <>.

Guest: Roger Willhite (South Korea), solar blogger at Second Silicon <>.

Other resources about this global movement can be found at:

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