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There are now 58 national parks, and America’s so-called “Greatest Idea” is almost 100 years old. But a lot of America’s favorite natural retreats are in danger.  Is there the political will to save them? Also, BP may consider drilling again in the spill reservoir, and for the first time since the US dropped the first atom bomb in 1945, a US Ambassador attended this year's annual remembrance in Hiroshima. Will President Obama go there, too? Should the US apologize to Japan?

Banner image: Pedestrians walk through a cloud of dust and diesel exhaust from a transit bus near Yosemite Village, June 16, 2000 in Yosemite National Park, California. Photo: David McNew/Newsmakers/Getty Images

Repairing Paradise

William R. Lowry

Making News BP Says It May Drill Again in Spill Reservoir 7 MIN, 47 SEC

BP has stopped the flow from its blown-out well, but $4 billion worth of crude oil could still be left in the pool struck by the Deepwater Horizon.  Today, BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters the company "will have to think about that." Harry Weber, who's in New Orleans with the Associated Press, first raised the issue.

Harry Weber, Reporter, Associated Press

Reporter's Notebook After 65 Years US Finally Attends Hiroshima Memorial 35 MIN, 49 SEC

This year, for the first time since 1945, the US ambassador to Japan attended the annual commemoration of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Should President Obama make a visit? Should the US apologize? What are the effects of nuclear radiation? We hear from Dr. James Yamazaki, the lead physician of the US Atomic Bomb Medical Team which surveyed the effects of the bomb on Nagazaki, and from Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Professor of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

James Yamazaki, former Lead Physician, US Atomic Bomb Medical Team
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Professor of History, UC Santa Barbara

Main Topic The National Parks: Will America Save Them? 7 MIN, 22 SEC

With the sagging economy, Americans are vacationing closer to home and the national parks are taking a beating. But that's been true for a long time. Threats include development near the Everglades, air pollution in the Great Smoky Mountains, and overcrowding in Yosemite Valley. Forget preserving the parks in a "pristine condition." Watchdogs say it's now a matter of repairing the damage before it gets worse. We hear why the next few months could be critical to the future of one federal institution most Americans really love.

Dale Ditmanson, Superintendent, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Pete Geddes, Director of Development, Property and Environmental Research Center
Tom Kiernan, President, National Parks Conservation Association
Bill Lowry, Professor of Political Science, Washington University

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