The Callie Crossley Show

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Mon., Sept. 26
Nuclear New England

Nuclear New England


(Original air date September 26, 2011)
During this show the “relative seismic risk” of the Pilgrim nuclear plant, compared to other plants in the U.S., was mentioned. However, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission makes no such distinction for nuclear power plants.

The news about the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has been bleak. Radioactive elements have been found in the Connecticut River (and the fish in that river). Critics are pinning blame on the nuclear plant. Meanwhile, company headquarters in Vermont endured a fire this past week at the hands of an as-yet unidentified arsonist, and Yankee's owner, Entergy, is embroiled in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont. All this comes as Yankee looks to renew its license for another 20 years.

There's similar debate across New England as the Seabrook, NH nuclear power plant and the Pilgrim plant in Plymouth, MA apply for license renewal. But in light of the Fukushima-Daiichi meltdown in Japan, citizens and regulators alike worry about the nuclear plants here, in our own backyard, that are of the same design and vintage as Japan's. Could it happen again? What about less-catastrophic leaks and contaminations?

Nuclear power makes up a good percentage of the region's energy portfolio, and when facilities are maintained and waste stored correctly, nuclear energy is a safe source of power. Debate has been fierce on both sides. Today we hear from a variety of experts.

Dave Gram is a reporter for the Associated Press in Vermont, and he's covered Vermont Yankee extensively.
Ian Hutchinson is a professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, specializing in plasma physics and controlled fusion energy.
Sandy Levine is a Vermont-based senior attorney for the Conservation Law Foundation.
Mike Twomey is vice president of external affairs for Entergy Corporation, the company that owns Vermont Yankee and Pilgrim nuclear power plants.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

  Walter Mosley: writer


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