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Japan Quake • A Timeline

Monday, March 14, 2011

Following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami on the east coast of Japan, the country is now racing to prevent a nuclear disaster at a major nuclear power plant. Below is a time line of events in Japan local time. (Updated 8:30 p.m. EST) •

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future after Fukushima

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peter Bradford, a former member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a board member of the Union of Concerned Scientists, examines what the future may hold for the U.S. nuclear industry and its spent fuel and discusses the continuing efforts to cool the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

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The Takeaway

Japan Rescue Efforts Turn to Relief

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

So far more than 8,000 people have been confirmed dead in Japan, but some 13,000 or more are still missing. In addition, nearly 500,000 Japanese have been displaced by the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear crisis. Now, 11 days after that initial impact from the tsunami and quake, aid workers are shifting from rescue to relief missions, helping those who have been left behind.

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The Takeaway

Japan: Dispatch from Takata

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tens of thousands of people in Northern Japan remain homeless following the quake and tsunami that devastated its country. The city of Takata was hit particularly hard by tragedy. The town, home to 22,000 people before the tsunami, lost 2,000 in the disaster. BBC reporter Roland Buerk is in Takata, where the recovery process has begun. 

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The Takeaway

Japan Relief: Helping the Most Vulnerable

Monday, March 21, 2011

The tsunami came too quickly. Japan's coastal towns had only a 30-minute warning, which was barely enough time to escape the wave, and for many disabled citizens, not enough time at all. The disabled are among the most vulnerable victims of the recent destruction in Japan. Yukiko and Shoji Nakanishi are members of a Japanese relief organization that is working tirelessly to provide shelter and evacuation support to northern Japan's disabled populations. 

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Studio 360

Japan: Relief Through Art

Monday, March 21, 2011

Since the quake, Takehiko Inoue (the artist behind the manga Slam Dunk) he has posted several smiling images a day in support of the victims and to lift the spirits of his countrymen.

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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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WNYC News

Japan Quake Aftermath Could Drive Up Car Prices

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC

In the wake of the natural disaster in Japan, analysts worry factory shutdowns there could slow shipments of popular cars to U.S. — including Toyota's Prius and Honda's Fit — and the shortages could spread to other models.

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The Mix: Libya Escalation, Budget Gridlock, Nuclear Meltdown

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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It's A Free Blog

Crisis: When You Need a Functional Government

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC

"As we face the threat of a government shutdown, we remember that this isn’t just a political game. When there’s an earthquake, a nuclear meltdown or any one of a thousand everyday issues, we need a functioning government at the service of its people."

-- Justin Krebs

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Help Japan

Friday, March 18, 2011

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, discusses why he cautions against individuals donating money to relief efforts in Japan--and what kind of aid actually does make an impact.

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Bloomberg Backs Indian Point Nuclear Plant

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC

For decades people have been trying to close Indian Point.

It became the focal point of the national tug-of-war over continued reliance on the "peace time atom." It is about to become that again.

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The Takeaway

Some Americans Evacuated from Japan

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yesterday the first U.S. government-chartered flight left Japan for Taipei, carrying about 100 family members of American diplomats. The State Department has urged American citizens to leave Japan due to the worsening situation at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Pentagon spokesperson Colonel Dave Lapan said, "these measures are temporary and dependents will return when the situation is resolved."

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The Takeaway

Relief Efforts in Japan Underway as Survivors Battle Hunger, Homelessness

Friday, March 18, 2011

It’s been a week since the earthquake and tsunami devastated Northern Japan. So far, the disaster has claimed nearly 5,700 lives and 9,500 people are still missing. As relief organizations try to clear away the rubble, there’s yet another crisis hitting the country: hunger. Severely damaged roads and broken supply lines have caused food shortages throughout the region. 

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The Takeaway

Answering Your Questions on Nuclear Crisis

Friday, March 18, 2011

Yesterday we asked listeners: What do you want to know about the ongoing crisis in Japan? You gave us plenty to work with, and now we're going to have some of your best questions answered by our expert guest, David Biello, associate editor of environment and energy for Scientific American.

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The Takeaway

Washington Juggles Libya No-Fly Zone, Japan Crisis

Friday, March 18, 2011

Washington is facing two major foreign policy situations. The U.N. Security Council has voted to act broadly in Libya, imposing a no-fly zone and even leaving open other forms of conflict in order to protect the civilian population. With ten member states voting for the measure and five abstaining, it is an historic move in a complicated region. And in Japan, a dire nuclear threat continues while survivors of last weekend's earthquake and tsunami struggle to find food and shelter. How is Washington tackling these two situations? 

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Studio 360

Japan: The Imagination of Disaster

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last week, Japanese-American historian Bill Tsutsui found himself in Tokyo in the middle of the earthquake: “We were outside this hotel and the earth started moving.  And all of a sudden people started running out.  First just a few, but then wave after wave.  And after it was ...

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WQXR Features

As Response to Japan Disaster Lags, Benefit Concerts Emerge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan has no George Clooney or Angelina Jolie and the country is known more for its affluence than neediness. It does, however, have a longstanding cultural link to the West, through classical music. Several benefit concerts are in the works in New York.

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WNYC News

Some Flight Attendants Express Concern Flying Into Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

As the uncertainty about Japan's nuclear power plant continues, the largest flight attendants union says some of their members' families are pressuring them to avoid flying to Japan.

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The Takeaway

On Living in Post-Quake Japan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

U.S. officials say the levels of radiation at Fukushima Daiichi power plant are even more dangerous than the Japanese government has indicated and their advising anyone within a 50-mile radius to evacuate. The United States is also chartering flights for Americans who want to leave the country. Kelly Williams is an American originally from Seattle. He lives in Kodaira City, a suburb west of Tokyo and although he is concerned about the radiation and the rebuilding in Japan, he says there are many reasons why he needs to stay.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Japanese Response

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Linda Lowen, an award-winning Japanese American journalist who heads the Women's Issues guide at about.com, talks about how the Japanese are responding to the triple disasters - and why those responses can be hard for Americans to understand.  Read her recent post, "Understanding Japanese Stoicism in the Face of Japan's Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami."

Are you Japanese or following Japanese media coverage? Let us know about the cultural differences you see.

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