The World Affairs Council of Connecticut hosts a conversation with international media mogul and world ambassador Ted Turner. Since the early 1970s, Turner has stepped into the international spotlight with one accomplishment after another.
He now dedicates his time and resources to making the world a better, safer place for future generations through the Turner Foundation, the United Nations Foundation, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, the Captain Planet Foundation, and the Turner Endangered Species Fund.
Edward "Ned" Lamont was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in the Connecticut United States Senate election held on on November 7, 2006. He faced incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman, who ran as the nominee of the Connecticut for Lieberman party, as well as Republican nominee Alan Schlesinger in a three-way general election. He currently serves as a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, and is an adjunct faculty member of Central Connecticut State University.
Ted Turner has received recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities, and his unprecedented philanthropy. Turner is co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc., which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect the earth's climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates; chairman of the United Nations Foundation, which promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
Ted Turner passionately calls for complete nuclear disarmament. He says the United States must stop demanding that other countries discontinue nuclear pursuits, while it sits on armed warheads at hair trigger alert.
(born Nov. 19, 1938, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.) U.S. broadcasting entrepreneur. He took over his father's Atlanta-based advertising firm after the latter's 1963 suicide and restored it to profitability. In 1970 he bought the Atlanta television station WJRJ (later WTBS), which in 1975 became the superstation of the Turner Broadcasting System, broadcasting via satellite to cable systems nationwide. An avid sportsman, he purchased professional baseball and basketball franchises in Atlanta, and in 1977 he piloted his yacht, Courageous, to victory in the America's Cup race. He expanded his broadcasting empire with the 1980 launch of the Cable News Network (CNN) and the 1986 purchase of MGM/UA Entertainment (MGM) and its library of more than 4,000 movies. He married Jane Fonda in 1991 (divorced 2001). In 1996 he merged his broadcasting system with Time Warner and became its vice-chairman (seeAOL Time Warner). In 2003 he resigned as vice-chairman of AOL Time Warner.
This clip is stunning. I've been saying this for years. The governments of the world could seriously boost their global economic rankings by helping their people to crack the green electricity problem.
And what do they do?
Nothing significant, that's for sure.