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Japan's Nuclear Future And Novelist Richard Ford

Steve Scher
06/04/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Japan's Nuclear Future: Japan may restart its nuclear power plant as early as this week. The country's prime minister is pushing forward against the wishes of most of the population, according to a recent poll. What lessons have been learned from the Fukushima disaster? Is the government and nuclear power industry prepared for the next earthquake? KUOW's Tom Banse is back from a fellowship focusing on disaster preparedness in Japan and the US. He joins us to talk about the slow pace of rebuilding in the disaster zone and in people's trust in Japanese institutions.

Richard Ford's "Canada": Richard Ford is an icon of modern American literature. His short stories and novels have earned him a reputation as one of the most perceptive, acute and sophisticated writers working today. His new novel is "Canada," a coming–of–age story set in the landscape between Montana and Saskatchewan in the 1960s — a story he first started working on more than 20 years ago.

Liquor Sticker Shock: This weekend, large retailers in Washington state were stocking hard liquor on their shelves. Initiative 1183 ended nearly 80 years of the state-run liquor business, opened up retail sales for the first time since Prohibition and left some customers surprised to find higher prices on their favorite spirits.

Venus On The Move: Astronomy buffs and stargazers will watch the sky tomorrow to witness a once-in-a-lifetime event when the planet Venus passes between the sun and Earth. Those in the know call it the transit of Venus. Past transits have helped astronomers measure the size of the solar system. After Tuesday, the next transit won't occur until 2117.

Related Event

Richard Ford speaks tonight at the Seattle Public Library at 7:00 p.m.


Tom Banse is KUOW's regional correspondent.

Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist and short story writer.

Jason Mercier is director for the Center for Government Reform at the Washington Policy Center.

Rebecca Johnson is editor of Stardate Magazine, affiliated with the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas.

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