Selected Shorts

Fault Lines

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The earth moves under her feet.


The Takeaway

Oil and Gas Disposal Wells May Be to Blame for Texas Quakes

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Recently, earthquakes have begun to happen more frequently around the Dallas-Fort Worth area in northern Texas. While the cause of these quakes has yet to be officially determined, scientists and citizens are sure that leftover liquid in oil and gas disposal wells are causing plates to shift underground. KUT reporter Mose Buchele notes that this story has taken on a national spin.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Haiti: Three Years Later

Monday, January 14, 2013

Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, and Laurent DuBois, professor of History at Duke University and the author of the 2012 book, now in paperback, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, look at what’s changed in the three years since the devastating earthquake.

It can be difficult to know where to make a contribution to the ongoing relief and development effort in Haiti. Ms. Wilentz and Prof. DuBois gave us three recommendations.

*CODEP-The Comprehensive Development Project works on reforestation and self-sufficiency projects in rural Haiti.

*Partners in Health-Provides "preferential medical care" to Haiti's poorest citizens.

*Ti Kay Haiti-Dr. Megan Coffee treats and works to prevent Tuberculosis and HIV in Port-au-Prince.


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NRC Concerned About Seismic Activity Around Nuclear Reactors

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Wednesday that nuclear reactors in parts of the United States might be more vulnerable to earthquakes than previously thought.

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High Tide: Animals and Natural Disaster

Friday, August 26, 2011

Toto didn’t warn Dorothy that they were about to be swept off to Oz, but there is a general belief—to some extent supported by science—that animals can sense natural disasters ahead of time.

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The Takeaway

Measure The East Coast Earthquake's Intensity in Your Location

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Yesterday's earthquake, centered in Virginia, shook communities up and down the East Coast. In Washington D.C., it damaged the National Cathedral. In New York, it gave thousands of office workers a late lunch break. What did it do in your neighborhood? All day on our show, we heard responses from listeners giving us their own earthquake story. But now with the help of our friends at Mobile Commons, you can also tell the level of severity of the quake in your zip code. 

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The Takeaway

Japan: The Effects of Disaster on the Cultural Psyche

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan is faced with a massive humanitarian crisis and potential nuclear threat after last week's earthquake and tsunami. The Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 took the lives of over 140,000 Japanese citizens and destroyed the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama. During World War II, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nearly wiped off the map in an instant flash of nuclear fission. And tsunami is, of course, a Japanese word. How has Japanese culture handled natural disaster and tragedy in the past?

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The Takeaway

America's Japanese Community Mobilizes After Quake

Monday, March 14, 2011

The death toll continues to rise as Japan faces the damage caused by last week's tsunami and enormous quake. The country’s nuclear crisis has also escalated, as officials confirm partial meltdowns at several nuclear reactors. Kaz Fujimoto has been living in New York for 12 years, where he works as a store clerk at the Japanese grocer Katagiri & Co. He shares his reaction as Japanese Americans look at the disaster.



4.4 Magnitude Quake Strikes California

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An early morning earthquake shook Southern California today.


The Takeaway

Putting the Chilean Earthquake in Context

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

In 2010 alone, there have been earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Argentina, Japan, Venezuela and the Bay Area. This weekend, it was feared a series of tsunamis would hit Mexico, California and Hawaii. Are this many natural disasters normal? Dr. Arthur Lerner-Lam, a seismologist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory helps contextualize the shocking size of the quake.


The Takeaway

Relief Efforts Get Underway in Haiti

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Aide workers in the U.S. speak on relief efforts underway in Haiti.

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The Takeaway

Earthquakes and Relief Efforts

Friday, October 02, 2009

Aid groups are rushing into Indonesia on the heels of a second earthquake that shook the country yesterday. Indonesia's Health Ministry says nearly 3,000 people may still be trapped under rubble after a powerful earthquake two days ago. Aid organizations are mobilizing a relief effort.

We speak with Bill Horan, the president of Operation Blessing International, about what his organization is seeing on the ground in Indonesia as relief efforts get underway in earnest after this week's earthquakes.

We then talk with Amy Vaughan, a geophysicist from the U.S. Geological Survey. After three earthquakes in three days in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands, followed by tremors in California and Peru, we ask: How interrelated are all these seismological events?


The Takeaway

Second Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A second earthquake struck Indonesia last night. This follows yesterday's devastating quake that has killed over 500 people, many trapped under collapsed buildings. The death toll is expected to climb further. The BBC's Karishma Vaswani joins us again from Padang, capital of West Sumatra, which is the nearest city to the earthquake's epicenter.


The Takeaway

Is the Big One near?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Over the course of two days last week, 50 to 60 small earthquakes shook the Earth at the foot of the San Andreas Fault. Some fear the chances of a Big One hitting the Los Angeles area are greater now than ever before. Leonardo Seeber is a Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University and he joins us on the show to talk about this.

If you don't remember what to do in the event of an earthquake, watch this clip:


On Being

Jelle De Boer and Ursula Goodenough — The Morality of Nature

Thursday, April 07, 2005

We explore the human and religious implications of natural disasters through the eyes of two scientists steeped in the workings of the natural world. We approach the morality of nature from a non-theological angle, tracing how natural disasters have somet