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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.
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.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.