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March 28, 2011

Japan's Nuclear History

The news from Japan’s nuclear reactors remains mixed and questions about the safety of food, milk and tap water abound. These are familiar and disturbing issues for Keiko Ogura. Keiko survived the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. She now opposes nuclear power. Dick talks with Keiko about what she’s thinking now that her country faces another nuclear threat.

Also in this episode, the nuclear concerns in Japan are causing many Americans to think back to 1979 and Three Mile Island. We have received a lot of mail about that time. Musician Laurelyn Dossett was a senior in high school and lived near the plant. Her family wasn’t told to evacuate the area, but they decided to leave anyway.

Finally, people who live near the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan may have to leave their homes forever, as did residents near the accident at the Chernobyl reactor in Ukraine. Mariana Sadowska traveled across her native Ukraine collecting songs and stories of the women who relocated after Chernobyl. She set out to meet these women, to record their stories and music.

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