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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll look into the recent decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assess potential safety and environmental threats before approving new licenses for the Indian Point nuclear reactor. Sam Weller and Joe Hill discuss the ways Ray Bradbury has influence other writers. Luis Rodriguez tells us how he escaped from gang life. And William Bryant Logan talks about air—life would not exist without it, yet we take it for granted.

Indian Point Relicensing

Earlier this month the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted unanimously to wait before approving new licenses for Indian Point or other nuclear plants until it can determine how to deal with safety and environmental threats posed by indefinite on-site storage of highly radioactive spent fuel. Attorney Richard Webster and Clearwater Environmental Director and NRC Petitioner Manna Jo Greene discuss the environmental impacts of on-site spent fuel storage at Indian Point, the vote, and how it impacts the relicensing decision for the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor.

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A Celebration of Ray Bradbury

Joe Hill and Sam Weller talk about the work and legacy of Ray Bradbury and how he’s influenced their own work. Sam Weller is an editor of Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, and Joe Hill is one of 26 contributors who wrote short works in celebration of Ray Bradbury.

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Luis Rodríguez's It Calls You Back

Luis Rodríguez tells of his journey from drug abusing gang member to writer and activist. His memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing tells the story of Rodríguez’s attempt to start over, at 18, after his final stint in jail and nearly a decade of gang life. He describes his challenges as a father, and his difficulty leaving violence, crime, and addiction behind.

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The Shape of the Air

William Bryant Logan takes a close look at the air that surrounds us—what it is and what it does. In Air: The Restless Shaper of the World is an examination of the air we breathe, from the pure to the polluted.

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