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WQXR Features

After Quake, Japanese Performers Arrive for Carnegie Hall Festival

Monday, March 14, 2011

Faced with aftershocks, transportation gridlock and canceled rehearsals following the massive earthquake and tsunami, members of Bach Collegium Japan boarded a flight to the U.S. on Sunday.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Nuclear Power 101

Monday, March 14, 2011

Neil Todreas, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, talks about the crisis at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and the nuclear science behind the radiation threat.

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Surviving in Post-Quake Japan

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tim Lindenschmidt was in the middle of his English class, teaching 10-year-olds when the earthquake hit. The kids were scared, he said, but stuck together. He says that although there are limits on supplies and food, there is a calm as supplies are being sent to the damaged areas in the north. Sayaka Matsumoto, public relations officer for the Japanese Red Cross Society details the relief effort in the disaster-stricken country.

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Japan Faces Possible Nuclear Meltdown

Monday, March 14, 2011

Nuclear reactors continue to fail at power plants in Japan and there is a risk of possible nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, with 80,000 people being evacuated from around the plant. The plant was built to withstand a tsunami and earthquake, with a system of plans to safeguard from a meltdown; however, the situation is a desperate one as fire engines are pumping sea water to cool the reactors.

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Questions About Japan's Energy Policy in Tsunami's Wake

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Japanese government has called a nuclear power emergency and evacuated nearly 200,000 people from the area surrounding two nuclear reactors as excessive radiation levels have been reported in the wake of a breakdown following Friday's earthquake. Japan has 55 reactors, which provide about one third of its total electricity, making it the world's third largest atomic energy user. This is the third time an earthquake has led to an accident at one of the country's nuclear plants in the past five years.

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The Takeaway

Assessing Japan's Quake; Remembering China's

Monday, March 14, 2011

James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine is currently in Beijing, but he has lived and worked in Japan. He also witnessed the powerful earthquake that hit China in 2008. China, still scarred by the 2008 Sichuan quake, has expressed admiration for the way that Japan has responded to Friday's earthquake. Although the relationship between China and Japan strained, many Chinese have expressed compassion for the country.

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US Navy Aids Japan Relief Efforts

Monday, March 14, 2011

Thousands are still missing in Japan and the search efforts are challenging: in addition to the rubble left by the earthquake, large areas of land are still flooded, and more than 200,000 people have been evacuated from areas to protect citizens from radiation poisoning. Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said this is the country's greatest crisis since World War II. The U.S. Navy is flying missions to assess the debris field at sea and drop humanitarian aid. 150 of America's top search-and-rescue specialists from Virginia and California arrived Monday morning to travel to the coastal village of Ofunato in Iwate prefecture.

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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.

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The Takeaway

Industry Impact: Nuclear Plant Meltdowns

Monday, March 14, 2011

The world is witnessing first-hand the potential dangers of nuclear energy, as Japan faces the threat of a nuclear meltdown at several power plants, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, just 140 miles north of Tokyo. An explosion rocked the plant in the following Friday's earthquake. President Obama has been pushing nuclear energy as part of his new and clean energy policy, but the current events in Japan could be a setback. How will the disaster affect the industry?

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The Takeaway

Japan Earthquake: Where to Donate

Sunday, March 13, 2011

»American Red Cross
(Or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.)

»Salvation Army
(Or text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation.)

»Save the Children
(Or call 1-800-728-3843 or text JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10.)

»MercyCorps
(Or Text MERCY to 25283 to donate $10.)

»Japan Society

»Americares

»Care

»Apple taking donations via iTunes (link launches iTunes)

 

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Markets React to Japan Crisis

Friday, March 11, 2011

The massive 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Japan and the tsunami that followed have killed hundreds of people and disrupted businesses across the nation.

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The Unpredictability of an Earthquake

Friday, March 11, 2011

As the waves move farther throughout the Ocean, the tsunami's energy has been dissipating. However, "keep paying attention" says Rob Williams, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He says that predicting earthquakes and seeing patterns is extremely complicated, even as scientists learn more and more with each quake. Rescue and relief efforts have been getting underway in the aftermath of Japan's 8.9 earthquake.

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The Takeaway

Update: Quake and Fukushima Power Plant Emergency

Friday, March 11, 2011

Most of Japan's power plants have shut down and are cooling normally, but an emergency has been declared at the Fukushima power plant. There is no damage, but the power plant has malfunctioned. Ian Hore-Lacy, director for public communications for the World Nuclear Association explains what will happen with this state of emergency. "I don't think it's going to be a serious danger," Hore-Lacy says. Daniel Sloan, Reuters correspondent reports from Tokyo.

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Tokyo: 'There's a Lot of Aftershocks'

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's already dark and cold in Tokyo and there's a clear sense of unease. The trains are not currently running, restaurants are closed and shop shelves are empty. CNN journalist, Michael Robert Poole says airports are closed and the phone services are just starting to come back up. Caroline Hawley, world affairs correspondent with the BBC says that reports are coming in of casualties and destruction: fire at an oil rig, a missing train and a ship swept out to sea.

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US Navy, State Department Responds

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich reports with the latest response from the United States officials. So far the Navy has tracked its ships and the State Department says it will offer any help it can. Also, the Navy has offered its help in locating family in Japan. People can email this address with the names of service members they haven't yet heard from: japanemergencyusc@state.gov.

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Taiwan Responds to Tsunami Warning

Friday, March 11, 2011

The BBC's Cindy Sui reports from Taipei, Taiwan. She says that so far there's no damages so far from the tsunami.

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Quake: 'Then it Kept Going and Got Worse'

Friday, March 11, 2011

Erin Sharpe, works for an international NGO based in Japan. She shares how it felt to experience the earthquake that rattled Japan. She says she saw the concrete stairs crack as she evacuated her building. Tomi Sucipto, editor for the BBC's Indonesia service explains the relief in Indonesia as the tsunami warning was lifted. Sadia Kaenzig from Geneva's International Red Cross says she is monitoring the situation in Japan and that the Japanese center of the red cross has begun to respond to the tragic event.

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Japan: Update from Osaka

Friday, March 11, 2011

The New York Times' Daniel Krieger reports from Osaka. He says he has not been able to get in touch with anyone in the coastal communities. However, Tokyo residents say this quake was completely different from anything they had previously experienced. The damage is so great that it is impossible to get a handle on the extent of it all.

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The Takeaway

Tracking the Wave

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rob Williams, seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey explains how we track tsunamis and why we can follow this one across the Pacific. However, "it's not an exact science," says Williams, even as the wave is predicted to hit Hawaii. Bill Dorman, news director at Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu says that he hasn't seen water disturbances so far as he monitors his state.

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