BURN: Shorts

Eric Rignot and the Ice of Antarctica — The Adaptors

Thwaites Glacier (NASA)

A big chunk of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing. Scientists announced in May that it’s now inevitable — though it will take decades or even centuries to happen. But the collapse will cause a big rise in sea level. Eric Rignot is the lead author of one of the studies that reached that conclusion, and he’s a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at UC-Irvine. He talked with Alex Chadwick.

June 30, 2014 more »

Michelle Nijhuis is back on the grid — The Adaptors

Science writer Michelle Nijhuis spent 15 years living in a completely solar-powered house. Now she, her husband and their daughter are back on the grid. Nijhuis talks with BURN host Alex Chadwick about going back on the grid and how life has changed.

June 16, 2014 more »

Fukushima revisited

miles o'brien

Alex Chadwick and Miles O’Brien talk about Miles’ recent trip to Japan where he was one of the first journalists to enter the Fukushima Daiichi plant since the earthquake and meltdown in 2011. And Carl Pilliterri recalls what it was like to be inside the plant while the earthquake was happening.

March 10, 2014 more »

Excerpts from NRC recordings

Nuclear Regulatory Commission recording excerpts 1 & 2

March 8, 2012 more »

Alex Chadwick interviews Ellen Vancko from the Union of Concerned Scientists

Scientist says unanticipated events can overwhelm even the best planning.

March 6, 2012 more »

Audio Features: Alex Chadwick Discusses Electric Cars on Marketplace

Testing the voltage of a battery at the Electric Car Conversion Conference in Cape Girardeau, MO.

In September 2011, an international group of car and technology enthusiasts gathered in Cape Girardeau, MO for the first EVCCON — the Electric Vehicle Conversion Convention. They came from China and New Zealand, Amsterdam and Ontario, and from throughout the U.S. to exchange ideas, swap stories, and drive really really fast down a taxiway at the Cape Regional Airport.

December 9, 2011 more »