Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage to deliver remarks at the American Center for Mobility, a test facility for driverless car technology for American Manufactured Vehicles in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S., March 15, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters)
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States are dropping tax incentives for electric cars and President Trump has unveiled new fuel economy standards, which are a lot lower than before. Will that encourage carmakers to build more gas guzzlers?
Aaron Robinson, Hagerty Magazine
When nuclear warheads need to travel, they are loaded into old 18 wheelers and driven across the country on US highways. Drivers are underpaid and overworked. There are concerns about safety and security.
It’s been six years since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. Three reactors were damaged by an earthquake and tsunami off Japan, releasing radioactive toxins into the Pacific Ocean. Thousands of people fled their homes, and many will never return. Nuclear waste has reached parts of the west coast in the U.S.
Guest Ken Buesseler
Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
America is often portrayed as the land of opportunity, where anyone who is willing to work hard can get ahead. It’s a country of innovators, entrepreneurs, and risk-takers. But is that all still true? Economist Tyler Cowen has his doubts.
The lead actor in the movie “Get Out” -- a satire on race in America - is British. The actor who played Martin Luther King in “Selma” is British.
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