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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Nepal Earthquake: One Week Check-In

Friday, May 01, 2015

Nepal says 6,204 people are known to have died in the 7.8-magnitude quake last week, and 13,932 were injured. But the fate of thousands more in many remote areas remains unknown. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Hope in Nepal, Tension in Baltimore, and Courage Among the Trans Community

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the earthquake relief efforts underway in Nepal, protests in the streets of Baltimore, and Bruce Jenner's interview with 20/20's Diane Sawyer.

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Aceh ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Aceh ten years after the Indian Ocean tsunami

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PRI's The World

A teen's parents are allowed to stay in the US, but he still faces deportation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carlos Ramos, a teenager living in Massachusetts, started the new school year with a lot on his mind. At the top of the list was whether he'll be able to stay with his parents, who have permission to remain in the US, or be deported back to El Salvador.

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PRI's The World

The wreck of a long-lost ship from the Franklin Expedition has been found in the Canadian Arctic

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

British explorer John Franklin departed England in 1845 to explore the Arctic — but he never returned. Now one of the two lost Franklin expedition ships has been found by the Royal Canadian Geological Society.

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PRI's The World

Iceland's largest volcano might blow its stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scientists say a rash of small earthquakes suggest that Iceland's largest volcano is about to blow. That could mean trouble for trans-Atlantic travelers but likely would be no big deal for local — and might even lead to a tourism boom.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kenneth Feinberg on Who Gets What

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lawyer Kenneth Feinberg discusses the practical and philosophical problems of using money as a way to address wrongs and reflect individual worth. In Who Gets What: Fair Compensation after Tragedy and Financial Upheaval, he draws on his experiences with some of the most complex legal disputes of the past three decades, including Agent Orange, the closing of the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, and 9/11.

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The Takeaway

A Home Destroyed: Rebuild or Leave Behind?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Small towns across the South and Midwest continue to rebuild this week after a series of deadly tornadoes and storms swept through late last week. What happens when the destruction of a town is so severe that you can’t pick up the pieces? What happens if you can’t patch a community back together?

Marysville is a small town in southeast Indiana. It’s the type of town with only one store, a community center, a church, and a couple dozen houses, all confined to little more than a single block. Today, the town lies in ruins. A twister swept through last Friday, destroying nearly all of the homes and ripping apart the community center and church.

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WNYC News

Many Still Stranded in Flood-Ravaged Catskills

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Rain and wind from Tropical Storm Irene destroyed roads, washed bridges away, knocked down trees and ripped buildings from their foundation in the Catskills, leaving people stranded and isolated from help. Recovery from the storm could cost $1 billion and take several months.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, August 19, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Team Rubicon

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Team Rubicon founders William McNulty and Jake Wood talk about the small, privately contracted first-response disaster relief team they’ve created. It’s made up mainly of veterans and seeks to bridge the gap left when larger relief organizations cannot reach a disaster area quick enough. Jake joins us from Joplin, Missouri, where he is currently providing relief for victims of the tornado disasters that occurred earlier this week.

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WNYC News

Tri-State Residents Reach Out as Twister Death Toll Climbs

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Volunteers from the tri-state area are helping out with relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, where a deadly tornado ripped through the community of 50,000 over the weekend, leaving at least 120 dead and more than 750 injured as it ferociously tore through homes and businesses.

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The Takeaway

Area Hospitals Strive to Help Missouri Tornado Victims

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The tornado, which flattened much of Joplin, Missouri also passed through St. Johns Hospital on Sunday evening, leaving all 183 patients, and any incoming tornado victims, without a place to go for help. Fortunately, the Via Christi Hospital in nearby Pittsburg, Kansas was ready to join in the rescue and relief efforts. For more on their interstate relief efforts, we speak to Michael Hayslip, director of public relations for Via Christi Hospital. 

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The Takeaway

Chernobyl Cleanup Worker: 'We Thought We Were Saving a Country'

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Twenty-five years ago today, disaster rocked Ukraine when a systems test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant led to a series of explosions, releasing nuclear fallout into the atmosphere. It was the beginning of a months-long struggle by Soviet authorities to contain the spread of deadly radiation. Thousands of workers joined this fight. Sergei Belyakov was one of them. He’s the author of a forthcoming book about his experience called “The Liquidator.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, April 15, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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WQXR News

Japan Nuclear Situation Upgraded to 7

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Japan has raised the level of the disaster at its nuclear power plant to a 7. Although that's the same level as the Chernobyl disaster, according to The Associated Press Japanese officials say Fukushima has leaked a tenth of the radiation released at Chernobyl.

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WQXR Features

Classical Musicians Open Pockets, but Cancel Performances, for Japan

Friday, March 25, 2011

As relief efforts for Japan continue, the classical music world has rallied to organize concerts and events in support of the disaster-rattled country. Here in New York, the Japan Society has shored up $2.1 million dollars to date.

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The Takeaway

Photographing Life After Nuclear Disaster

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photographer Michael Forster Rothbart has taken pictures of Bhopal and spent two years living in Chernobyl. He’s also photographed the Semi Polygon nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. He has first-hand knowledge of what happens once the news cameras leave and life continues in places changed forever by nuclear disaster. He shares some of the images and stories that have stayed with him after traveling through towns hit by calamity.

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