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Friday, March 11, 2011

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  • Japan Reacts To Unprecedented Disaster
    Japan's most powerful earthquake on record, followed by a tsunami, has killed hundreds of people and caused extensive damage along coastal areas.
  • Preparing Infrastructure For Earthquakes
    The damage from Friday's earthquake and tsunami is horrific. But the disaster could surely have been worse without the heavy preparations Japan has made over the years. The Japanese have invested heavily in infrastructure and buildings designed to withstand quakes. To better understand the structural precautions Japan had in place and whether the U.S. employs similar technology and building codes, host Robert Siegel talks with Stephen Mahin. Mahin is a professor of structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.
  • Obama Addresses Disaster In Japan
    The news from Japan prompted an early-morning wake-up call for President Obama. He was alerted at about 4 a.m., Washington time — and quickly offered assistance to Japan. The disaster also changed the script for a White House press conference Friday — which was scheduled to focus on rising gas prices.
  • Week In Politics
    Host Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times.
  • Tracking A Tsunami Barreling Across The Ocean
    The tsunami unleashed by the quake near Japan rocketed across the Pacific Ocean Friday. Though experts can monitor a tsunami and provide warnings very quickly, it's still difficult to predict how high a wave will be when it hits shore.
  • Japanese Quake Threatens Nuclear Plant
    Japan has declared an atomic power emergency after an earthquake led to damage at one of the nation's nuclear plants. The plant's cooling system became impaired after the plant lost its main power supply and a backup system failed to take over. Japanese authorities are releasing slightly radioactive vapor to ease pressure at the reactor as they work to restore full power. NPR's Jon Hamilton talks with host Melissa Block.
  • In North Africa, Power Map No Longer Drawn In Ink
    For years, the U.S. intelligence relationship with Egypt and other countries in the region has been almost exclusively preoccupied with terrorism. But the uprisings there — and the resulting changes in the power structure — have forced intelligence agencies to rethink how they operate in those countries.
  • How Has The NHL Addressed Hits, Head Injuries?
    Host Robert Siegel talks with National Hockey League sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about mounting pressure to cut down on dangerous hits and head injuries.
  • Yasmin Levy: Rearranging The Past
    On Sentir, the Israeli singer-songwriter pulls disparate influences into a cohesive whole. Drawing from her own family background, Levy blends flamenco with the music of the Sephardic Jews.
  • Tsunami Ravages Japan's Eastern Seaboard
    The death toll is soaring into the hundreds following the worst earthquake to hit Japan in recent history. Hundreds more are injured or missing. The 8.9 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami that ravaged Japan's eastern seaboard and traveled all the way across the Pacific.

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