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Youth Fusion Podcast

Youth Fusion Podcast

By Youth Fusion
The Youth Fusion Podcast is the official podcast channel hosted by Youth Fusion - Abolition 2000 Youth Network, engaging our members with experts in fields relevant to nuclear disarmament. We create critical discussions aimed at providing our listeners with an insight into the ongoing debates around nuclear disarmament. Our team is open to suggestions of speakers and invitations to partake in any other relevant debates. We thank Pink Floyd's Roger Waters for permission to use an excerpt from his anti-nuclear classic Two Suns in the Sunset (2020 remake) as the Youth Fusion Podcast jingle.
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Youth Fusion Expert Series: Renata Hessmann Dalaqua
Welcome to the Youth Fusion Experts Series, a podcast where we engage with leaders and experts in the various related fields of nuclear disarmament, peace and security, and sustainable development. Through these conversations, we wish to offer you all the chance to learn and be inspired by those who are actively working towards a fairer and more peaceful future for all. My name is Michaela Sørensen, and I am a  program officer at Youth Fusion, and I am delighted to host today’s episode. Today we have with us a very experienced and well accomplished guest with a very cool background, Renata Hessmann Dalaqua, who is originally from Brazil. Renata is currently the Head of the Gender and Disarmament Programme at UNIDIR, but before joining UNIDIR, she was the Deputy Director of Projects at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), where she worked for six years. Renata is also the recipient of the United Nations Women Scholarship for Peace, where she has published and conducted research on international cooperation on security, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, and nuclear energy governance. She holds a PhD in History and Politics from the Vargas Foundation in Brazil, and a master's degree in International Politics and Security from the University College of London, UK. Renata’s areas of expertise include gender and multilateral disarmament fora, nuclear energy policy-making and technology governance. Today, we are very excited to hear from her, so without further ado, let’s jump right into it!
49:37
May 16, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Mere Tuilau
This is the fifth episode of the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts. In this series, we aim to raise awareness about the consequences of the nuclear weapons testing/or use by uplifting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition to that, we also draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing/or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we pursue to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In this episode of the podcast series, Youth Fusion spoke  with Mere  Tuilau, a youth advocate from Fiji.  Together with Ms. Tuilau,  Aigerim Seitenova, the host of this series,  looked into the destinies of Fijian veterans who were sent to Kiribati Island (Christmas Island), which at the time was a nuclear test site and a colony of the British Empire. Ms. Tuilau spoke on how Fijian soldiers were treated unequally in comparison with other military servicemen and that compensation has not been distributed after they finished their service at the nuclear test site. Ms. Tuilau also shared the story of her activism, as a part of Youngsolwara Pacific, in preserving the ocean and the land of the Pacific as sacred symbols of their culture.
35:12
May 09, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Ariana Tibon
This is the fourth episode of the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts. In this series, we aim to raise awareness about the consequences of nuclear weapons testing or use by highlighting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition, we draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we seek to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In this episode, Youth Fusion converses with Ariana Tibon, a nuclear justice advocate and Commissioner and Nuclear Envoy to the RMI National Nuclear Commission. Aigerim Seitenova, the host of this series, gets to learn about the historical background to the US nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands, connecting it to nuclear and colonial legacies, forced displacements and how to utilize education to pursue nuclear justice.
52:41
May 05, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Dr. Togzhan Kassenova and Yerdaulet Rakhmatulla
In the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts, Youth Fusion aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the nuclear weapons testing/or use by uplifting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition to that, we also draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing/or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we pursue to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In this episode, Youth Fusion had conversations with Dr. Togzhan Kassenova, an expert in nuclear politics,  WMD nonproliferation and the prevention of financial crime,  and Yerdaulet Rakhmatulla a youth activist from Kazakhstan.  Dr Togzhan Kassenova and Yerdaulet Rakhmatulla shared the importance of Kazakhstan’s role in the nuclear disarmament field that marked the history of the country from the very beginning of its independence. The impact of their nuclear legacy on the national identity of people from Kazakhstan and the role of activists from previous and younger generations will also be discussed today. Enjoy and stay tuned for more episodes:) 
01:08:53
May 05, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Miho Tanaka and Iku Nakamura
In the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts, Youth Fusion aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the nuclear weapons testing/or use by uplifting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition to that, we also draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing/or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we pursue to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In the second episode of the podcast series, Youth Fusion spoke with Miho Tanaka and Iku Nakamura, youth activists from Japan.  In this episode, Miho and Iku share their experiences of activism and organizational work to raise awareness around nuclear disarmament, including projects related to engagement with Diet Members of the Japanese Parliament with the aim to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Enjoy listening and share this podcast with your friends:)
50:08
April 28, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Livia Cordova, New Mexico
In the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts, Youth Fusion aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the nuclear weapons testing/or use by uplifting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition to that, we also draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing/or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we pursue to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In the first episode, we have a conversation with Tina and Livia Cordova, activists and advocates from New Mexico, USA. The episode was divided into Part I and Part II where the host of this series, Aigerim Seitenova, gets to know about negative implications related to the Trinity Test, the first nuclear weapons testing in the US that took place in South Central New Mexico. This is Part II of the first episode where Livia Cordova, an inspiring youth activist has been a part of Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) from her childhood joining her aunt Tina in a life mission to achieve justice for Tularosa residents. 
47:39
April 25, 2022
Nuclear Collateral Damage: Tina Cordova, New Mexico
In the new podcast series Nuclear Collateral Damage: Conversations with Survivors and Experts, Youth Fusion aims to raise awareness about the consequences of the nuclear weapons testing/or use by uplifting voices of previous and current generations who have been negatively impacted up until this day. In addition to that, we also draw attention to a kinship of nuclear weapons testing/or use with colonial histories in different parts of the world. By addressing individual and collective traumas, we pursue to revive, restore and reclaim human dignity. In the first episode, we have a conversation with Tina and Livia Cordova, activists and advocates from New Mexico, USA. The episode was divided into Part I and Part II where the host of this series, Aigerim Seitenova, gets to know about negative implications related to the Trinity Test, the first nuclear weapons testing in the US that took place in South Central New Mexico. This is  Part I of the first episode where Tina Cordova shares her personal and professional journey of establishing Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) and fighting for justice for the people of New Mexico. 
58:06
April 25, 2022
Youth Fusion in conversation with Douglas Roche
In the Youth Fusion Elders series we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In the season's sixth episode, Youth Fusion Member Arthur Duforest had the honour to sit down with Mr Douglas Roche, a longstanding and outstanding voice on, actor in and advocator for human security, disarmament and peace, for an inspiring conversation on his multifaceted work in Canadian politics, diplomacy and UN-driven multilateral disarmament processes.
48:49
February 13, 2022
Youth Fusion Expert Series: Lis Kayser
Welcome to the Youth Fusion Experts Series, a podcast where we engage with leaders and experts in the various related fields of nuclear disarmament, peace and security, and sustainable development. Through these conversations we wish to offer you all the chance to learn and be inspired by those who are actively working towards a fairer and more peaceful future for all. My name is Michaela Sørensen, and I am a  program officer at Youth Fusion, and I am delighted to host today’s episode. Let me introduce you to today’s guest, Lis Kayser, who is currently doing her PhD at The Danish Institute for International Studies, otherwise known as DIIS, on “T”, which is part of DIIS’s ongoing project called ‘RADIANT’, which stands for ‘Radioactive Ruins: Security in the Age of the Anthropocene’. Lis’ academic background lies in anthropology, which is the field her PhD is in. Her PhD project explores how nuclear legacies, including infrastructural expansion, economic transformation, ruination, and contamination inform competing nuclear imaginaries that reverberate in the present, with a particular focus on French Polynesia. Lis has just come back from field work in the Hao Atoll, so I am very excited to interview her and hear all about it!
01:12:60
January 17, 2022
Youth Fusion Experts Series: Dr Tong Zhao
Welcome to the very first episode of the Youth Fusion Experts Series, a podcast where we engage the leaders and experts in the various related fields of nuclear disarmament, peace and security, and sustainable development. Through these conversations we wish to offer you all the chance to learn and be inspired by those who are actively working towards a fairer and peaceful future for all. Youth Fusion was honored to launch this series by an interview with Dr Tong Zhao, senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, based in Beijing at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Dr. Zhao speaks to a Youth Fusion member Accardo Hu about his personal experiences and China’s NFU and nuclear disarmament policy.
01:04:51
August 17, 2021
Youth Fusion in conversation with Dr Scilla Elworthy
In the Youth Fusion Elders series we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In the season's fifth episode, Youth Fusion Members Michaela Sorensen and Nico Edwards had the honour to sit down with long-time peacebuilder, changemaker and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr Scilla Elworthy (UK), to have a virtual conversation on the drivers behind and lessons learnt during her long career in service of non-violent peacebuilding, cooperation and compassion. "Students have far more rights now than they had thirty or forty years ago. Use those rights! Go to those meetings, put your hand up, ask the awkward question and hope that you get a stunned silence because that means you hit the mark."
40:04
May 26, 2021
Youth Fusion in conversation with Dr Andreas Nidecker
In the Youth Fusion Elders series we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In the fourth episode of the season, Youth Fusion Member Arthur Duforest had the pleasure to sit down with Prof. (em.) Andreas Nidecker MD,  prominent Swiss physician, nuclear disarmer and President of the Basel Peace Office. Join Arthur and Dr Nidecker for a dynamic conversation touching upon his experiences of bringing doctors, lawyers, activists and politicians into conversation with each other to promote effective and workable nuclear disarmament initiatives, and his efforts at engaging youths in climate action, nuclear disarmament and the political process. 
47:13
May 11, 2021
Youth Fusion in conversation with Ana María Cetto
In the Youth Fusion Elders series, we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In the third episode of the season, Youth Fusion co-convenor Michaela Sørensen had the pleasure to sit down with Prof. Ana María Cetto, Mexico’s woman of the year in 2003, who has had a highly dynamic career in the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as the Nobel Peace Prize winning Pugwash Conferences. Join Michaela and Ms Cetto for an equally dynamic conversation touching upon her career as a woman based in Latin America, and her efforts in promoting scientific information programs as well as programs promoting women in science across the Latin American continent. 
42:26
March 29, 2021
Youth Fusion in conversation with Mogens Lykketoft
We are happy to present the second episode in the Youth Fusion Elders series, where we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In this episode, Youth Fusion Members Arthur Duforest and Michaela Sørensen had the pleasure to sit down with Mogens Lykketoft, former president of the 70th United Nations General Assembly, and a leading figure of the Danish Social Democratic party. Join us in this virtual conversation around his life-long involvement with political and global matters as well as his time within the UN, addressing topics such as the importance of intergenerational dialogue and the intersections between the Sustainable Development Goals, nuclear and general disarmament.
52:17
March 23, 2021
Youth Fusion in conversation with Bruce Kent
We are happy to share the very first episode in our Youth Fusion Elder series, where we engage the long-time and effective leaders of the peace, disarmament and related fields, in a dialogue across generations, topics and disciplines. Through creating a conversation between active youths and their inspiring predecessors, we wish to open up an inclusive space for learning, listening and, above all, sharing. In this episode, Youth Fusion Member Nico Edwards had the pleasure to sit down with lifelong and ever-creative peace campaigner and change maker Bruce Kent (UK), who keeps leading the way as an apostle of ingenuity and fighting spirit still at 91 y/o. Join us in this virtual conversation around the drivers, challenges and lessons learnt from Mr Kent's more than half a century of peace work. His is a story of how we all have it in us to live positive change.
01:01:22
February 15, 2021