FROM Edwin Lyman
Japan Set to Reactivate Nuclear Reactors Next Week Seventy years ago, Japan became only nation ever hit with an atomic weapon. Four years ago, it suffered one of history's worst nuclear accidents. Now Japan is about to do something that's never been done before: re-start the fleet of nuclear reactors mothballed after the meltdowns at Fukushima. Edwin Lyman is senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington.
Japanese Consider Entombing Four Malfunctioning Reactors "Decommissioning" nuclear reactors means cleaning up all radioactivity and progressively dismantling the plant. But after the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years, and despite three weeks of trying to bring four damaged Fukushima reactors under control, Japan is officially under "maximum alert." The country has decided to give up on the reactors and is now considering whether to entomb them by covering them with concrete and a special fabric to curb the spread of radiation into the air. Edwin Lyman is senior staff scientist in the Global Security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists .
The Big One Hits Japan The death toll from today's massive 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan has already reached into the hundreds and is expected to rise. Thousands have been evacuated around a nuclear power plant. We learn about possible problems with nuclear power plants and other angles on the most severe earthquake in 100 years.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.