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Still Supporting Nuclear Power

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Christine Todd Whitman, the former New Jersey governor and EPA administrator, talks about the future of nuclear power in the U.S. post-Fukushima.  She is the co-chair of CASEnergy Coalition, a nuclear power advocacy group and the co-chair of the Republican Leadership Council, which supports "fiscally conservative, socially inclusive" candidates.

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As Travelers Trickle Into New York, A Glimpse at Life in Japan

Friday, March 18, 2011

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Travelers from Japan trickled into New York City airports this week in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and worsening conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. At JFK Airport, each arrived with a story.

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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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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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Radiation Explainer: What it Does, Why We're Scared

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Since the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the world has associated radiation with fear and horrible repercussions. That fear seemed somewhat justified during the cold war, and then after the Chernobyl disaster and Three Mile Island. But it’s easy to forget that we’re surrounded by radiation every day; that it occurs naturally. Or that we undergo medical treatments to fight diseases like cancer with radiation. Is radiation as scary as we think?

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Tri-State Nuclear Power

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly talks about the current state of the nuclear power industry in the tri-state area.

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Former GE VP: Japan Comparable to Three Mile Island

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We're talking of numbers on the order of what you would receive getting a cat scan or getting other diagnostic x-rays done over the course of your lifetime, so you have those done without fear, I believe that there's no fear in an increase of radiation here.

—Former GE VP Margaret Harding, talking about the scale of Japan's nuclear crisis, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

 

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Germany Sees Change of Nuclear Power Policy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

There are 17 nuclear power plants in Germany, but at least seven of them will be shut down in the next three months. This comes at a time when there is increased apprehension following Japan's nuclear disaster and thousands of demonstrators in Germany rallied for the facilities to be shut down. That call was heeded by Chancellor Angela Merkel while the country reassesses its national energy strategy.
The shutdown will apply to 7 plants that went into operation before the end of 1980. The BBC's Steve Evans reports from Berlin.

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Japan: Managing a Disaster

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A third explosion has rocked Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant, in what is being called the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Residents living nearby have been evacuated and emergency workers were removed from the plant. With fears of radiation exposure and a full meltdown, workers are continuing to pump seawater on the reactors in an effort to continue the cooling process. 

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Washington Responds to Japan's Nuclear Disaster

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Greg Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission briefed reporters at the White House on Tuesday, saying that a nuclear emergency like the one in Japan could not happen in the United States. “Based on the type of reactor design and the nature of the accident we see a very low likelihood, really a very low probability that there’s any possibility of harmful radiation levels in the United States or in Hawaii, or in any other U.S. territories," he said.

However, Washington is edge about what to do about our own nuclear power sources here in the U.S. Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway got reaction from the Capitol.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, March 14, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

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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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Regional Reactions to Iran's Nuclear Ambitions

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Less than a week after Wikileaks revealed the level of nervousness amongst regional leaders about Iran's apparent aspirations for nuclear power, the country announced it had produced yellowcake uranium domestically. Just in the past hour, key talks between Iran and world powers on Teheran's disputed nuclear program ended in Geneva, where Iran's negotiator continued to tell world leaders that the country's nuclear ambitions were about power, not weapons. Hugh Sykes, reporter for our partner the BBC, joins us for reactions from the region to the recent news concerning Iran's nuclear developments. 

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U.S. Drafts New Sanctions for Iran

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The U.S. is organizing support at the U.N. for hefty new sanctions meant to cripple Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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Will America Build New Nuclear Reactors?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama announced Tuesday that he approved a loan guarantee to underwrite construction of two new nuclear reactors in Georgia.  These would be the first new reactors built in the United States since the 1970s. Will this be the start of a new wave of nuclear energy in this country?

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Former IAEA Director Reacts to Obama's Win

Friday, October 09, 2009

Hans Blix, former head of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), reacts to President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win.

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Date Set for IAEA to Inspect Iran's New Nuke Facility

Monday, October 05, 2009

The director of the U.N. nuclear agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, says that Iran has set a date for inspectors to visit that country's newly revealed uranium enrichment plant, outside the city of Qom. That news comes as a relief to some analysts.

But a leaked report by the agency says that Iran possesses the data to make a nuclear weapon. Is Iran finally playing ball with the U.N., or is it just telling them what it wants to hear? We ask David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, for answers.

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China's Role in North Korea's High-Stakes Game

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

North Korea continues to raise the stakes in its game of nuclear poker, conducting a second nuclear test in as many days on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a South Korean newspaper has reported that U.S. spy satellites have detected signs that North Korea has started up its nuclear plant again. The international community has condemned Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. But the only country with real clout over North Korea is China: the nation is North Korea’s neighbor and main trading partner. To find out China's take on the North Korea situation, The Takeaway talks to John Pomfret, author of Chinese Lessons: Five Classmates and the Story of the New China. He writes the blog Pomfret’s China on the Newsweek/Washington Post website.

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North Korea withdraws from nuclear talks. Again.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

To protest the United Nation Security Council's condemnation of its missile, er...satellite launch, North Korea has withdrawn from six-party talks over the nation's use of nuclear power. Pyongyang has also vowed to start up the nuclear weapons program, er...power plant, it was supposed to be dismantling. We turn now to the BBC's Jonathan Marcus for an overview of of North Korea's actions and the international response.

For more of The Takeaway's coverage of North Korea, click here.

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U.S. offers to attend direct talks with Iran

Thursday, April 09, 2009

The delicate strategic dance between the Obama administration and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues: The U.S. has offered to attend direct talks with Iran aimed at resolving an ongoing dispute over Iran's nuclear program. But why now? The answer may be more complex than you think. The Takeaway talks to Gary Sick, a senior research scholar at Columbia University. Also joining the conversation is Trita Parsi, author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States and President of the National Iranian American Council and President of the National Iranian American Council.

"They're not reducing Iran into a one issue country. It's not just about the nuclear issue. It's obviously a very important part of it, but they're not going to view Iran only through that prism."
—Author Trita Parsi on U.S. discussions with Iran

Here is CNN's report on opening lines of communications between the two countries:

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