Chernobyl is frozen in time yet still evolving. It's an in-between space that begs questions about time: How does time flow? Does it in fact flow? Or does it stand still? The writer Alan Lightman examines these ideas in his work Einstein’s Dreams.
Back in 1962 when the space race was on, Georg Deutsch approached Steven Schwarcz in the lunch line at junior high and asked, "Do you want to start a rocket society?" That encounter started a relationship that would last for decades, span several rocket experiments, and see their launching of the first non-governmental satellite. Also on the show: Muhammad Ali's daughter Rasheda talks about coping with Parkinson's Disease.
When the earthquake shook northeast Japan last March, Carl Pillitteri was leading a team of technicians in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. He was one of some 40 Americans working at the plant that day, and he spoke exclusively in this interview with Alex Chadwick.
Frank Markosek was a coal miner for 30 years before he became a mine inspector with MSHA, the government agency that oversees mine safety. He was part of the Crandall Canyon rescue crew that tried save trapped mine workers in 2007. That mission was cut short when the mine collapsed again, killing three rescuers and leaving Frank with traumatic brain injury.
When writer Henry Shukman heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for more than 25 years, few humans have been allowed access to the 1,600 sq. miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.