April 1, 2011 In Rikuzentakata, which was wiped way by the March 11 tsunami, a lone pine tree stands tall. Many Japanese people see hope in its resilience. The Japanese media have dubbed it "the tree of hope" and the stories have prompted people to drive through the apocalyptic scene to take pictures of the pine.
April 1, 2011 The 700 or so workers struggling to bring reactors at a crippled nuclear power plant under control "have accepted they will all probably die," says one of those workers' mothers.
March 30, 2011 Radioactivity levels have risen in seawater near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
March 29, 2011 For some reason — whether an attraction, or cultural tidbit — many people fall in love with cities. In a recent piece for Newsweek, writer Junot Diaz talks about his utter fascination with Tokyo, and says that to love a city relates to who you were when you fell in love with it.
March 28, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, Obama's upcoming speech on Libya, and the opinion page on the violence between Hamas and Israel. In the second hour, the spirit of Japan, and was TARP a success?
March 25, 2011 Two weeks after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake sent a massive tsunami crashing into the northeast coast of Japan, the grim numbers continue to rise.
March 24, 2011 The shadowy, grainy images bring home in a visceral way the challenges that workers at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant face, including the very basic obstacle of working in the dark.
March 24, 2011 Japanese automakers are trying to get going again, but the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami have disrupted their supply chains.
March 23, 2011 That's about the height of a typical six- or seven-story building.
March 22, 2011 The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan have left scenes of destruction in their wake that almost defy the imagination. A visit to one town on the coast shows scenes of devastation so vast it's hard to take in.