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Monday, March 14
Japan Grapples With Reality That Radioactive Releases Could Last Months

Japan Grapples With Reality That Radioactive Releases Could Last Months
Fukushima Japan is struggling to contain a growing crisis with its nuclear power plants. Officials now say that the cooling systems at a third reactor have failed. The inability to cool a runaway reactor is what precipitated the earlier explosions at two other reactors. While no one believes the threat of radioactive contamination is anywhere close to that caused by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, no country has ever faced critical failures at multiple reactors at the same time. Olli Heinonen, a former deputy director general at the International Atomic Energy Agency and now a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, joins us.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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