October 22, 2007
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NPR’S THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT LAUNCHING INTERACTIVE SERIES ON NUCLEAR POWER

ON AIR AND ONLINE: TUESDAY-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23-26
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October 22, 2007; Washington, D.C. – Starting tomorrow, NPR’s The Bryant Part Project will take a look at nuclear power through a unique multimedia series – including four days of interviews and reports on the radio show and video and interactive features and discussions online.

Inspired by current legislation in Congress that could finance new nuclear reactors, BPP will delve into the politics of the energy bill; chat with Bonnie Raitt about her push to oppose nuclear energy, 28 years after she headlined the famous “No Nukes” concert; and explore why prominent experts who once opposed nuclear power have now changed their minds.

Highlights of the series:

Tuesday, Oct. 23:
On air: Interviews with Washington Post energy correspondent Steve Mufson, who will explain the provision in the Senate’s energy bill that could help finance a boom in nuclear reactor construction, as well as the political battle surrounding the bill, and with Bonnie Raitt, who is leading a group of high-profile musicians traveling to Washington this week to speak out against the bill

Online: Two videos and discussion: Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Graham Nash and Keb’ Mo’s cover of “For What It’s Worth,” and a critique of the artists’ stance on nuclear energy by a computer science student http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/

Wednesday, Oct. 24:
On air: The Way It Works: Discussion of the technical differences between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons and what goes wrong in serious nuclear accidents

Online: Explainer on nuclear fission, done through a metaphor of a cooking show http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/

Thursday, Oct. 25:
On air: How safe is nuclear power, anyway? We’ll look at the issues of waste storage, transportation and reactors

Online: Video about the safety equipment used to transport nuclear waste http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/

Friday, Oct. 26:
On air: How Times Have Changed: An interview with a prominent proponent of nuclear energy who used to be opposed to it

Online: Blog discussion on the merits and dangers of nuclear energy http://www.npr.org/blogs/bryantpark/