BURN: Radio Specials

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 »

The Power of One: Energy & The 2012 Election

This year’s election is about power — the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

September 17, 2012 more »

The Hunt for Oil: Risks and Rewards

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Host Alex Chadwick tackles one of the most important energy questions facing America: Are we running out of oil? It’s not an easy question to answer and, in an effort to understand what’s at stake, Alex travels to some of the country’s most important petroleum exploration sites.

April 18, 2012 more »

Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima

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A one-year anniversary special examining the future of nuclear power after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Some scientists believe the accident was a significant setback for nuclear in the U.S. But climate concerns are a factor — 70% of carbon-free energy comes from nuclear power, with more than 60 nuclear reactors under construction worldwide.

February 1, 2012 more »