An update about our Blow the Whistle project. Plus, an award honoring the memory and work of OTM friend and contributor, John Solomon.
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BROOKE GLADSTONE: And now, an update on our Blow the Whistle Project. A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to call your senators and ask them if he or she was the lone senator to put an anonymous hold on the important Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act in the waning hours of the 111th Congress. Thanks to your participation, On the Media has received confirmation from 43 senators that they were not responsible for the secret hold, great progress but we still have a ways to go. If you go to wnyc.org/blowthewhistle, you'll find information on how to contact your senator and instructions from the Government Accountability Project on what to say. Take down the name of the person you talk to, and email us at blowthewhistle.wnyc.org with their response. We'll update our website with your data and, with luck, we'll figure out who quietly killed the bill that the whole Congress publicly says it wants.
BOB GARFIELD: And finally, a note about our friend and contributor John Solomon, who died recently after a long struggle with leukemia. After filing two pieces for OTM about Homeland Security back in 2004, John made emergency preparedness his life’s work. This month, at a graduation ceremony for 122 new members of the Community Emergency Response Team, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the creation of the John D. Solomon Emergency Preparedness Award, which will be presented annually to a team member who shows, quote, “outstanding dedication to the program and who embodies John Solomon’s enthusiasm for volunteerism and purposeful engagement to make their communities better prepared for emergencies.”