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The Leonard Lopate Show

Did a Japanese Energy Company Lie About Radiation Levels in Fukushima to the U.S. Navy?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sailors in the U.S Navy are suing a Japanese electric company for $1 billion for lying about radiation levels at Fukushima. They now suffer health problems from exposure to radiation.

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The Takeaway

Building a Frozen Wall at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Earlier this week the Japanese government announced plans to spend $500 million on a new effort to build a frozen wall to stabilize the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear plant, the site of the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Arjun Makhijani, an engineer specializing in nuclear fission and the president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, explains how that frozen wall would work.

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The Takeaway

The Future of Nuclear Energy One Year After the Fukushima Meltdown

Friday, March 09, 2012

One year ago this Sunday a massive earthquake devastated northeast Japan. The Japanese barely had time to catch their breath before waves of water 30 feet high crashed down on the coast. Twenty-thousand people died; 90,000 were evacuated. The natural disasters were soon followed by a nuclear crisis. In the year since the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, Japan has had to face difficult questions on the state of their nuclear regulations and the country’s energy future.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Japan one year after the tsunami, part two

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Japan one year after the tsunami, part two

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Japan one year after the tsunami

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Japan one year after the tsunami

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the Fukushima Meltdown

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dan Edge, writer, producer, and director of the new FRONTLINE documentary "Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown," which airs on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 10 P.M. ET on PBS, discusses his new documentary about the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a year after the earthquake and tsunami.

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The Takeaway

Frontline Doc Looks at Fukushima and Nuclear Energy

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year brought attention to the safety risks associated with atomic energy. Before Fukushima, nuclear energy was on the rise and many countries developed plans to build more power plants. But after the disaster, nuclear energy became a subject of international debate and countries like Japan and Germany started to shut down reactors. How should the United States deal with nuclear energy?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Fukushima Update

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The crisis at the Fukushima reactor in Japan has been out of the headlines, but that doesn’t mean the crisis has been solved. We’ll speak with Dr. Edwin Lyman, a senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

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The Takeaway

The Fukushima Exclusion Zone: Six Months Later

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's been six months since three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant over-heated following a tsunami, forcing 100,000 people living within a 12 mile radius of the site to evacuate. Today, the reactors are still not fully stabilized, but radiation levels in one area of what has come to be known as the "exclusion zone" have dropped. The BBC's David Shukman is one of the few journalists to venture inside the exclusion zone.

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The Takeaway

Japan's Road to a Cold Shut Down of Fukushima

Thursday, July 21, 2011

It’s been over four months since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which led to partial nuclear meltdowns in three of its reactors. Japan's government now says that those reactors are stable, and are headed toward a cold shutdown.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Ongoing Questions on Fukushima

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A number of scientists believe that the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima reactors in Japan is much worse than what governments are revealing. Al Jazeera reporter Dahr Jamail discusses what some in the scientific community are saying about the effects of the meltdown.

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It's A Free Country ®

Christine Todd Whitman on Nuclear Power

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The tritium leaks are something about which you have got to be concerned. Even [though] the AP says none of them have reached drinking water aquifers, it’s still not something you want to see. But they don’t mention the amount of money that has gone into improving and trying to stop that from happening.

— Former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Future of Indian Point

Friday, June 03, 2011

We've let the licensing law lapse and we have this architecture for a 21st century circumstance where we're dependent more and more upon electricity, what with cell phones and computers. We have not invested in that. We've not had a collective buy-in about what we're going to do about energy. We're dealing with a legacy of conflict-avoiding.

— WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly on The Brian Lehrer Show

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It's A Free Country ®

Fukushima Challenges Hold Lessons for U.S. Disaster Planning

Friday, April 01, 2011

In the past week officials have increased the evacuation zone around the six reactors in Fukushima, an effort being watched by disaster relief experts here who say there are important lessons to glean from the Japanese response.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chemical Reaction

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

With news that plutonium has been found around Japan's damaged nuclear power plant, David Brenner, Ph.D., D.Sc., director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons, explains what other radioactive elements might be released.

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The Washington Report

Japan's Radioactive Water and Obama on Libya

Monday, March 28, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on President Obama's upcoming speech on U.S. military involvement in Libya and radioactive water at Japan's damaged nuclear plant.

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The Takeaway

Japan Nuclear Crisis: Two Weeks Later

Friday, March 25, 2011

It’s been two weeks since the earthquake and tsunami hit Northeastern Japan. Ever since that day, Japanese officials have been working tirelessly to avert a nuclear disaster. Friday morning, Japanese nuclear safety officials said that they suspect that the reactor core at one unit of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant may have breached. That raises the possibility of more severe radioactive contamination to the environment. Henry Fountain, Science Reporter for The New York Times explains the latest.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, March 21, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the U.S. and European military operations in the skies over Libya and damaged nuclear reactors at the Japan's Fukushima power plant.

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It's A Free Blog

Stucknation: Profit and Probability - Is Fukushima Another Ford Pinto?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

WNYC

The collapse of the World Trade Center towers, the failure of New Orleans' levies during hurricane Katrina, and the destruction of the half dozen Fukushima General Electric boiling water nuclear reactors are all monuments to "good enough" engineering.

In our free-market world, what gets built and how robust it is constructed is the result of a dynamic tension between profit and probability. What are the odds that "X" will happen versus the cost of preventing or anticipating it, otherwise known as the "Pinto principle."

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The Takeaway

Fukushima and the Fallout

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The situation at the Fukushima Power Plant in Japan continues to worsen. U.S. Media is reporting that water levels are dropping in more than one of the six reactors at the plant, leaving nuclear fuel rods exposed. The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission has warned that Japanese regulators may be downplaying the risk of radiation levels at the plant; and the commission has advised that Americans evacuate the area within 30 miles of Fukushima.

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