Sophie B. Hawkins

Deepwater Horizon (A Journal of the events around Deepwater in 2010)




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Guest: Sophie B. Hawkins Singer and Songwriter

New Legacy Series - Re-Mastered Radio Streaming Broadcast: April 14, 2014 (Original Broadcast July 8, 2010)

"The Life and Career of Sophie B. Hawkins Singer, Songwriter and Performer"


Sophie B. Hawkins


Sophie B. Hawkins emerged in 1992 with a fierce bidding war for her debut album, Tongues & Tails. The Columbia Records release quickly went gold, earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, and fired a single, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover," into the Top Five. Another gold album, Whaler, followed two years later along with the single, "As I Lay Me Down," that would chart in Billboard for a record-breaking sixty-seven weeks. By the time she got to Timbre in 1999, she had won universal respect for her rare blend of gutsy honesty. Hawkins subsequently worked out an agreement that allowed her to leave her label while retaining ownership of the masters to Timbre. She re-released Timbre on her Trumpet Swan imprint and hit the road--on her own, with her band in a station wagon. 2004's Wilderness followed. Working out of her home studio near Los Angeles Hawkins wrote and laid down Wilderness' tracks on a variety of instruments: guitar, cello, drums, keys, plus the exotic percussion that has fascinated her since her studies while growing up in New York with African drum legend, Babatunde Olatuni, and at the Manhattan School of Music. On Wilderness, these elements flow through nuanced arrangements, in which echoes of Nina Simone, Laura Nyro, and other influences only enhance Hawkins' unique sound. August 2006 saw the release of her debut live album, the Bad Kitty Board Mix. Recorded in Seattle, the two-disc set captured the true energy and essence of Sophie as a performer. In her words, "This live album is primarily a gift to my fans. Beyond that, it's a gift to myself--in that I am finally comfortable with who I am REALLY as a musician, as a storyteller/improviser and as a living the moment creative human." The last year has been a busy one for Sophie, personally and professionally. In November 2008, she became the proud mother of a son Dashiell. At the present time she is hard at work writing a Broadway musical for Kristin Chenoweth and working on her new album.

"The Land, The Sea and The Sky" - WaterKeeper.org

Sophie has affiliated herself with Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization of on-the-water advocates, who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. The Waterkeeper Alliance is the first line of defense during the BP Gulf oil disaster recovery. The Gulf Waterkeepers on scene are FL: Apalachicola Riverkeeper and Emerald Coastkeeper, AL: Mobile Baykeeper, LA: Louisiana Bayoukeeper and Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper. Also working to clean up the ocean waters and beaches are volunteers, marine biologists, environmental advocates, and members of each of the coastal communities who have been affected. 


Sophie's new single, "The Land, the Sea and the Sky" is now available for sale in the music section of our site with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the Waterkeeper Alliance. The Save Our Gulf website has been established by Waterkeeper Alliance to coordinate the efforts of Gulf Waterkeepers who are fighting to protect the Gulf Coast. Please visit the website to learn how you can help.




"The Gulf of Mexico Disaster" - The Deep Water Horizon MACADO 252 Disaster

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.Some estimates placed it by late May or early June as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor 10,000 foot deep oil gusher (MC252) that followed the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 20,000 to 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1,700,000 US gallons; 3,200,000 to 6,400,000 litres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain in part because BP has refused to allow independent scientists to perform accurate measurements and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions.


Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not visible at the surface. Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident, and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill.



Investigative Journalist Patrick J. O'Brien


Story brought by In Discussion's Veteran Investigative Journalist Patrick O'Brien


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June 10, 2010: "The Corporate Downfall"

June 14, 2010: "CorExit - Fighting the Enemy with the Enemy - The Wider Implications for World Economies"

June 15, 2010: "The Land, The Sea & The Sky - The Gulf Oil Spill Confusion"

June 17, 2010: "Immediate Solutions for the Economic & Ecological Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico"

June 19, 2010: "The Gulf of Mexico Florida's Apalachicola River Keepers"

June 22, 2010: "The Florida Coastline's Environmental Disaster - Talking to the Heroes on the Beaches"

June 28, 2010: "The Gulf of Mexico's Environmental Disaster"

July 2, 2010: "Texas & A&M University - The Gulf of Mexico Disaster"

July 8, 2010: "The Life & Career of Songwriter/Performer Sophie B. Hawkins"

July 14, 2010: "The Marine Environmental Research Institute"

July 20, 2010: "Tribute to Matthew Simmons - The Destruction of an Ocean's Marine Generation"

July 22, 2010: "The Dolphin Community Project - In Their World ... On Their Terms"

August 3, 2010: "The Parish of Plaquemines, Louisiana"

August 4, 2010: "A Survivor from the Exxon Valdez Crisis"

September 20, 2010: "Conditions in The Gulf of Mexico Four Months Later" 

November 16, 2010: "An Analysis of the World's Changing Face"

February 1, 2011"A Geo-Political Perspective of our Severe & Changing Planet"

February 18, 2011"Crossing over the Bridge - The Deep Water Horizon Disaster"

February 25, 2011"Crossing over the Bridge - The Deep Water Horizon Human & Environmental Aftermath

March 7, 2011: "Scientific Processess & Data Generation - Gulf of Mexico"

March 8, 2011: "A Cry for Help in the Aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon Distaster"

March 11, 2011: "Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Disaster"

April 25, 2011: Crossing Over The Bridge - Program Twelve in the Series "Human's Race To Freedom and Truth in the Gulf of Mexico"

April 26, 2011: "Stories from the Gulf"

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