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
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.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Erin Barnett, ICP Assistant Curator of Collections, and Adam Harrison Levy, talk about the International Center of Photography’s “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945,” an exhibition of once-classified images of atomic destruction at Hiroshima, drawn from ICP’s permanent collection. This exhibition includes approximately 60 contact prints and photographs made for the 1947 United States Strategic Bombing Survey (USSBS) report on the effects of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945. “Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945” is on view at ICP through August 28.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
(Washington D.C. - WAMU) In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in their place will be a fleet of all new train cars.
Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting
"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.
He says the interiors will be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.
Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.
"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."
The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.
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.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Eleven rare Japanese films directed by Kaneto Shindo will be screened in Brooklyn starting on Friday. BAM has organized the retrospective, along with actor and producer (and longtime Shindo fan) Benicio Del Toro. Click here to listen to the Del Toro interview.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
Food imports from Japan make up less than four percent of all U.S. food imports, according to radiation safety information on the FDA's website, but some in the food industry are still taking precautions even though the agency said "little or no products" are being imported from the tsunami battered region.
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, April 01, 2011
April 1st is the traditional "entrance day" for classes of new employees in Japan. It's a time when hundreds of thousands of recent college graduates would have just finished their first day at work, a day full of official ceremonies and welcome parties. However, as the country struggles to cope with multiple recent crises, Japan's newest workers face an uncertain future.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We’ve heard the reports and told the stories of Japan, how it’s facing its worst crisis since World War II, about a death toll in the tens of thousands, the massive destruction of entire cities, and continuing threats of nuclear meltdown. Now, here’s more terrifying news: The threat of earthquakes hasn’t gone away — it has increased. Thomas Jordan is the Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center. And his work shows that Japan is under an increased threat for aftershocks. He appears in a new NOVA special "Japan's Killer Quake," which premiers tonight on PBS. Collum Macrae is one of the producers of the documentary.
Monday, March 28, 2011
U2, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry are among the megastars teaming up to benefit earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. But their compilation, “Songs for Japan,” will have a long road to match the success of early efforts like “We Are The World” and Live Aid. We look at why contemporary charity singles and albums tend to fall short.
Monday, March 28, 2011
By Julia Furlan : WNYC Culture Producer
From well-known designers including Tory Birch and Anna Sui, to thousands of lesser-known artists at Web sites like cafepress.com, New Yorkers are creating products and donating portions of the profits to Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.
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.
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.
TN Moving Stories: Japan Trying to Get A Handle on Infrastructure Damage, LA Passes Sweeping Bus Service Cuts, and Boston Band Powers Concerts with Bikes
Friday, March 25, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Meanwhile, Toyota is warning factories and dealers in North America that production delays are coming, while Nissan is looking for ways around its factory closures in Japan by flipping the supply chain around. (Marketplace)
The Los Angeles MTA approved sweeping bus service cuts, eliminating nine lines and reducing 11. Officials say they are still providing adequate service while making the bus system more efficient; critics say L.A.'s low-income residents will be hurt the most. (Los Angeles Times)
WNYC looks at the 2010 New York census map.
A Boston-based band uses bikes to power their concerts. "One person can sustain about 100 watts without breaking too much of a sweat. Five people can amass enough wattage to power a small live show." (WBUR)
City-funded parking garages at Yankees Stadium have become a "financial swamp for taxpayers," writes a NYDN columnist. "Ever since it opened...two years ago, the 9,000-space parking system has operated at barely 60% capacity, even on game days. Meanwhile, its operating expenses have run twice what was expected."
NJ Transit paid nearly $3.6 million for unused vacation and sick time last year -- even as it raised fares and cut service. Gov. Christie says the agency should go to a 'use it or lose it' policy. (Asbury Park Press)
The Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission made a $10 million commitment to a new $50 million revolving fund for loaning money to developers to build affordable housing near rail stations and bus stops. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Ohio Senate voted to pass a measure banning signs that tout federal stimulus spending along Ohio's roadways. (AP via BusinessWeek)
Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: As massive bus cuts loom, Long Islanders get emotional at a hearing. A NYC deputy mayor goes on the BL Show to defend the city's bike lane program -- and voice support for the city's transportation commissioner. And: after reports that a former DC Metro employee left the agency to become a lobbyist, the agency's board put the brakes on a contract.
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
More than 600 nonprofits have offered relief goods and materials to the people of Japan since the earthquake and tsunami. But with the exception of twelve countries with specialized search and rescue teams and a handful of international aid organizations, the Japanese government is politely turning them down. The Japanese Red Cross Society has yet to appeal for funds. Still, just like after every major natural disaster, dozens if not hundreds of new nonprofits have been registered. In the case of a major world economy like Japan, where and how does it make sense to give?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The threat of nuclear disaster, the stories of missing loved ones, and the struggle to get relief to those stranded are all part of Japan's post-quake reality. As the country begins to recover, food supplies are threatened and questions loom over long term health effects of radiation in and around Fukushima prefecture. And now, the economic effects of the disaster are beginning to hit Tokyo and other parts of the country.