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BURN podcasts, radio specials, and Marketplace stories.

Fukushima revisited

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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 »

Shell’s foray into Alaska oil isn’t paying off

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Shell started its hunt for oil off the coast of Alaska more than a year ago, but the effort proved disastrous. Reporter Elizabeth Arnold looked into the state of Arctic oil exploration in the U.S.

January 6, 2014 more »

Duke Energy leader Jim Rogers on smart grids & brownouts

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Jim Rogers leads the largest electric power company in the country, Duke Energy. They serve about about 22 million people in the Southeast and Midwest. The award-winning CEO talks with host Alex Chadwick about the challenged of powering the nation, what makes the grid great, and the future of efficiency & smart grid innovation.

June 26, 2013 more »

Army’s micro-grid for combat zones

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The US Army is preparing to deploy smart micro-grids for combat outposts – basic military camps for about 100 soldiers. The new COPs cut fuel demand by at least half, which means fewer caravans, and fewer casualties.

June 25, 2013 more »

The Switch: America’s electrical grid

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BURN’s new hour-long special “The Switch” is about our aging electric power grid: a half century-old patchwork system – stretched to capacity – that transmits and distributes electricity from plants to consumers. Host Alex Chadwick and BURN’s producers and reporters explore how the grid works, and what happens when it breaks under storms and floods. We talk to the people who help fix it, a family that’s left the whole thing behind, and the innovators working to make our national grid safer and smarter.

June 17, 2013 more »

Today’s Army – the march toward better batteries

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A little-known Army agency is making big changes in how soldiers fight. Among its latest innovations: new, lighter energy sources for outposts around the world.

April 23, 2013 more »

Tokyo Restaurant Serves Fukushima-Sourced Food to Make a Point

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2 years after Japan’s nuclear meltdowns, many people still won’t eat anything from Fukushima. So one Tokyo restaurant is deliberately offering food from the region, to help disaster victims and to dispel fears about food safety. Catherine Winter reports.

March 12, 2013 more »

LISTEN || Japanese Worry About Food, 2 Years After Fukushima

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2 years after an earthquake, tsunami, & a nuclear disaster hit Japan, concerns about radiation contaminated food persist. Catherine Winter reports.

March 11, 2013 more »

LISTEN || Japan’s lesson for U.S. reactors: Disaster is possible

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BURN Host Alex Chadwick reports on concerns over how well dozens of US nuclear reactors – built like those that melted down in the Fukushima crisis – would withstand natural disasters.

February 21, 2013 more »

Innovators: Building an electric car for speed

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Mike Pethel has pieced together what may be the fastest electric car anywhere, using enough batteries to power 750 homes. The inventor and race car buff is on a never-ending quest to make his pristine 70s BMW super powerful and totally green. LISTEN.

January 30, 2013 more »