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As Japan struggles to get its Fukushima reactors under control, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will phase out nuclear power. Should the US do the same thing? How safe are existing nuclear plants? Are new ones needed to cope with climate change? Do the make sense economically? Also, criticism over his handling of Libya greets President Obama on his return to the capital, and the air traffic controller who fell asleep.

Banner image: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has calculated that the US nuclear plant with the greatest risk of being struck by an earthquake is Indian Point, located 24 miles north of New York City. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper

Making News Criticism over Libya Greets Obama on His Return to Capital 7 MIN, 25 SEC

House Speaker John Boehner, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are among the Republicans demanding that President Obama clarify the mission in Libya and explain who's in charge. The White House says he's already done that.  Dana Milbank is political columnist for the Washington Post. His books include Tears of a Clown, about Glenn Beck, and Homo Politicus, about "the strange and scary tribes that run our government."

Guests:
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)

Tears of a Clown

Dana Milbank

Main Topic A 'Go Slow' for US Nuclear Energy? 36 MIN, 48 SEC

Global warming was the best news for the nuclear power industry since Three Mile Island. New reactors were planned in the US for the first time in decades. But the growing radiation threat from Japan's disaster has raised disturbing questions about both safety and economics. President Obama has called for a safety review of existing nuclear plants, but he still plans new ones as part of America's "green energy" future. More frightened Americans are saying, "Not in my back yard," and investors are not interested unless public money is promised to pay for possible accidents. Is nuclear viable to help slow the pace of climate change? Can alternatives expand fast enough to replace it?  How safe are the plants we have now?

Guests:
Peter Bradford, formerly, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
James Connaughton, Constellation Energy
Anthony Froggatt, Chatham House
Michael Levi, Council on Foreign Relations (@levi_m)

On Nuclear Terrorism

Michael Levi

Reporter's Notebook Nonresponsive Air Traffic Controller May Have Been Asleep on the Job 6 MIN, 4 SEC

Reagan National Airport, just four miles from the White House, is supposedly under high security at all times. But around midnight yesterday two passenger jets requested permission to land and got no word from the tower. It turns out there was only one, lone controller and he reportedly was asleep. The Federal Aviation Administration usually makes public statements after controller mistakes, but today, it was Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Andy Pasztor covers aviation for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Andy Pasztor, Wall Street Journal

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