WBEZ | Fukushima http://www.wbez.org/tags/fukushima Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP219522927055.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll take an in-depth look at government espionage with Heidi Boghosian, author of &quot;Spying on Democracy.&quot; Questions loom at Fukushima nuclear power plant. Khat could be banned in the United Kingdom.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107341223&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-the-geopolitics-o" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Facial recognition, Fukushima and the geopolitics of khat" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-26/facial-recognition-fukushima-and-geopolitics-khat-108521 Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP700189680557_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bo Xilai&#39;s trial begins in China. Radioactive water continues to leak at Fukushima plant. A Chicagoan is helping to expand sex education programs in Kenya.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106703310&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-ed-in-kenya" target="_blank">View the story "Bo Xilai trial, Fukushima and sex education in Kenya" on Storify</a>]</div></noscript></div></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-08-22/bo-xilai-trial-fukushima-and-sex-education-kenya-108491 Nuclear power from Fukushima to the Midwest http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/nuclear-power-fukushima-midwest-98879 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP110314139210.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Japan turned off the last of its 50 nuclear reactors over the weekend. The industry and many government officials want to rebuild confidence after the Fukishima disaster. The U.S. took a hard look at its own safety issues after Fukishima. Critics say we&rsquo;re not safe enough.</p><p><em>Worldview </em>is joined by Kevin Kamps from <a href="http://www.beyondnuclear.org/about/" target="_blank">Beyond Nuclear</a>, a group that works for a world free of nuclear power and nuclear weapons. He specializes in waste management and transportation.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Kevin Kamps will be sharing his knowledge of nuclear energy issues at 5:30pm this evening at 4254 N. Hazel Street.</em></p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 15:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-07/segment/nuclear-power-fukushima-midwest-98879 Clever Apes: Chicago's nuclear legacy http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2012-03-15/clever-apes-chicagos-nuclear-legacy-97337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-15/Artists rendering of chicago Pile 1 courtesy of Argonne.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Artist's rendering of the first nuclear reactor. (Argonne National Laboratory)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-15/cp1-hirez.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;" title="Artist's rendering of the first nuclear reactor. (Argonne National Laboratory)"></p><p>As we mark the one-year anniversary this week of the natural and nuclear disasters in Japan, it seems like a good time to reflect on Chicago’s deep and complicated nuclear history. Chicago is the cradle of nuclear energy, but it’s also the place where some of the first doubts about the wisdom of nuclear technology emerged.</p><p>During World War II, the so-called “Metallurgical Laboratory” at the University of Chicago became the center of the United States’ efforts to develop a working nuclear reactor. The project was led by physicist Enrico Fermi, an Italian Nobel Prize winner with an ever-present slide rule. In 1942, beneath the stands of a defunct football stadium, he began building a structure so crude that it was literally called a “pile.” Chicago Pile 1 was a stack of graphite and uranium, with control rods inserted at key points. On December 2, Fermi ordered the rods lifted, creating the first manmade self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.</p><p>This history has been well-told in many places, including <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-12-02/december-2-1942-enrico-fermi-and-atomic-chicago-94361">John Schmidt’s anniversary post here on WBEZ.org</a>. You can also hear an arresting description of the breakthrough moment in <a href="http://www-news.uchicago.edu/fermi/resources.html">this old audio documentary</a> (and we excerpt it in our conversation with Steve Edwards on The Afternoon Shift, which you can stream or download via the buttons above).</p><p>Meanwhile, Fermi and the technology quickly moved to Los Alamos, New Mexico, where work began in earnest on building a bomb. It became clear that Fermi felt conflicted about it, aware of the terrible power of his own research. Manhattan Project scientists in Chicago and elsewhere were growing alarmed at the dangers of nuclear war. In June of 1945, they drafted the Franck Report, one of the first notes of caution in the nuclear age. They urged the federal government not to use the bomb in battle, and argued that nuclear weapons and energy technology should be controlled by the international community, rather than one nation alone.</p><p>Out of this movement of scientists emerged the <a href="http://www.thebulletin.org/">Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists</a>, which has published continuously since 1945. Their mission was to “warn the public” about the dangers of nuclear weapons (they have since added many other causes). They were a crucial voice, especially in the early days, in the debates over nuclear technology, and played a big role in making sure nuclear weapons and energy fell not under military control, but under a civilian agency. They also helped to spur the <a href="http://www.pugwash.org/">Pugwash Conferences</a>, which brought together scientists from the U.S., the Soviet Union and elsewhere for dialogs about the arms race. The conferences helped lay the groundwork for future international treaties, and in 1995 the conference organizers won the Nobel Peace Prize.</p><p>So Chicago is both the home of the first nuclear reactor, and home of the first glimmers of nuclear conscience. Even now the region has active antinuclear movements, and yet depends on nuclear power for half its electricity. From Enrico Fermi’s mixed feelings to today, Chicago’s atomic history has always been ambivalent.</p><p>You can subscribe to our <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-clever-apes/id379051174" target="_blank" title="http://feeds.feedburner.com/CleverApesPodcast">podcast</a>, follow us on&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/cleverapes" target="_blank" title="http://twitter.com/#!/cleverapes">Twitter</a>, and find us on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412" target="_blank" title="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Clever-Apes-on-WBEZ/118246851551412">Facebook</a>.</p></p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 21:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/clever-apes/2012-03-15/clever-apes-chicagos-nuclear-legacy-97337 One year after Fukushima, Japanese society still recovering http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-08/one-year-after-fukushima-japanese-society-still-recovering-97095 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-08/AP1202260104018.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This Sunday will mark the one year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.&nbsp; While the country continues the physical clean up in many areas outside the 12-mile exclusion zone, it’s the psychological toll that may have the most lasting effects on Japanese society.&nbsp; People throughout the country remain preoccupied with radiation fears.&nbsp; The anti-nuclear debate has taken on a new meaning and for many families, even as far as Tokyo, day-to-day life has been significantly changed.</p><p><a href="http://ealc.uchicago.edu/faculty/field.shtml" target="_blank">Norma Field</a>, professor of Japanese studies at the University of Chicago, discusses how Fukushima has affected Japanese society.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>“<a href="http://ceas.uchicago.edu/events/what_march11_means_to_me.shtml" target="_blank">What March 11 Means to Me</a>” is a symposium that will be held on March 10-11, 2012 at the University of Chicago, Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL.</em></p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 17:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-08/one-year-after-fukushima-japanese-society-still-recovering-97095 Worldview 3.8.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-08 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-08/ap120220054189.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.&nbsp; The Japanese people are still recovering from the disaster.&nbsp; <a href="http://ealc.uchicago.edu/faculty/field.shtml" target="_blank">Norma Field</a>, professor of Japanese studies at the University of Chicago, tells <em>Worldview</em> how the disaster has altered life in Japan.&nbsp;Also, <em>Worldview</em> talks with Elizabeth Stanton, founder of <a href="http://throughereyes.org/throughereyes.org/Open.html" target="_blank">The Through Her Eyes Project</a>, which uses multimedia storytelling to show how sports can empower girls and women around the globe.</p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 16:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-08 One year after Fukushima, safety upgrades slow to come at U.S. reactors http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-07/one-year-after-fukushima-safety-upgrades-slow-come-us-reactors-97052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-07/AP120228012171.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. This one-two punch resulted in widespread, almost unimaginable, destruction. Some of the lasting images, of course, are of the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, where inside, workers were frantically trying to mitigate a nuclear catastrophe. Though the worst possible outcome was avoided, estimates are that it will take decades to clean up all the radioactive debris in the region.</p><p>A year later, some lessons have been learned.&nbsp; According to a new report just released from the Union of Concerned Scientists, the U.S. government’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission could be doing more to ensure that our nuclear reactors – and the 116 million Americans who live within 50 miles of one – are safe.</p><p>The report’s co-author, <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/news/experts/dave-lochbaum.html" target="_blank">Dave Lochbaum</a>, director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, discusses the vulnerabilities of U.S. nuclear reactors.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 19:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-07/one-year-after-fukushima-safety-upgrades-slow-come-us-reactors-97052 Worldview 3.7.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-07 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-march/2012-03-07/ap120228017956.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami caused a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant.&nbsp; A year later, some lessons have been learned.&nbsp; According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the U.S. could be doing more to ensure our nuclear power plants are safe.&nbsp; <em>Worldview</em> revisits Fukushima and discusses the state of nuclear power safety in the U.S. with <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/news/experts/dave-lochbaum.html" target="_blank">Dave Lochbaum</a>, director of the Nuclear Safety Project at UCS and co-author of the report. &nbsp;And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank"><em>Global Notes</em></a>, Jerome and <em>848</em> host Tony Sarabia check in with Matt Priest and Elizabeth Lindau of the Chicago indie band, <a href="http://www.canastamusic.com/" target="_blank">Canasta</a>. They just returned from a tour in Mongolia, sponsored by the U.S. State Department.</p></p> Wed, 07 Mar 2012 17:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-03-07 African nations pursue nuclear energy, but many are not ready http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/Koebergnps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Because of the growing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima power plant, we’ve spent the past week discussing nuclear energy around the globe.&nbsp; Today we conclude with a look at Africa. Many African nations have long struggled to find reliable energy sources. Recently, nuclear power has emerged as a popular solution.&nbsp; At least 10 African countries plan to build their own nuclear power plants, but many lack the technical know-how, financial resources or reliable security to make it work.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.uga.edu/cits/About/Staff/khripunov_igor.html">Igor Khripunov</a> is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia. He’s written about nuclear power in Africa. And we began by talking about the one African nation that’s had some success with nuclear energy…South Africa.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-01/african-nations-pursue-nuclear-energy-many-are-not-ready-84604 Brazil forges independent path on nuclear energy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/brazil-forges-independent-path-nuclear-energy-84491 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-30/106769421.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This week on<em> Worldview</em> we’re taking a look at nuclear power around the world. Today's focus is on Brazil. Brazil’s nuclear energy program was in part inspired by American efforts to promote peaceful uses of nuclear science. In recent years, the Latin American nation has strayed from the Western playbook on issues like Iran. <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1419&amp;fuseaction=topics.profile&amp;person_id=139483" target="_blank">Paulo Sotero</a>, director of the <a href="http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1419&amp;fuseaction=topics.home" target="_blank">Brazil Institute</a> at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, discusses Brazil’s nuclear power ambitions.</p></p> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-30/brazil-forges-independent-path-nuclear-energy-84491