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Nuclear Power Policy/Science of Radiation Exposure

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People waiting to be scanned for radiation in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Hour 1

The ongoing disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has many Americans questioning our own nuclear power policy.  Workers at the Japanese power plant are desperately trying to cool the reactors as radiation levels continue to rise.  The United States has 104 nuclear reactors and President Obama has proposed building more. Yesterday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that the Obama administration continues to support building nuclear power plants.  This hour, Marty talks with MICHAEL LEVI, Senior Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, about the effect that the current nuclear crisis will have on America’s energy policy and the nuclear industry.  And, we’ll also learn about the risks radiation poses to the human body from KATHRYN HIGLEY, professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health at Oregon State University.

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