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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.
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.