WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Legacy Of Nuclear Power

Three years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down in Japan, officials are still grappling with the structural and ecological fallout from the disaster. Meanwhile, the ripple effects from Fukushima have forced other countries to rethink or shutter altogether their nuclear power programs. It's a response that follows a historical love-hate relationship with the power, potential and peril of nuclear energy. Kojo and author Craig Nelson explore the history and legacy of nuclear science and its future for the planet.

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Excerpted from THE AGE OF RADIANCE: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era. Copyright © 2014 by Craig Nelson. Excerpted with permission by Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.
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Invasive Insect Could Wreak Havoc On U.S. Tomato Crop

A virginia tech plant pathologist says it's time to implement quarantine measures on tomatoes being imported from other countries where the South American Tomato Leafminer has already taken hold.

Chaffetz Leaps Into Race To Succeed Boehner As Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced he will run for speaker of the House, challenging GOP majority leader Kevin McCarthy to become the successor to outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

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