Murray State's public radio service 91.3 WKMS presents BURN: an Energy Journal, airing Thursdays, April 19 and 26, at noon. BURN: An Energy Journal is the flagship program of The Public Radio Energy Project.Host Alex Chadwick, a veteran reporter and writer, maintains that energy is the fundamental issue of our time; it powers our homes and our economy; it creates troubled alliances; it empowers and impoverishes; and enables almost all that we do as a society. Chadwick explores the future of energy through intimate stories, maverick inventors, industry insiders, and concerned citizens.
On Thursday, April 19 at noon hear the first part ofBURN - Particles: Nuclear Power After Fukushima. The program observes the first anniversary of the Fukushima disaster in Japan and examines the future of nuclear power after the catastrophe. The hour features an exclusive interview with an American who was on-site at the Daiichi nuclear plant when the earthquake and tsunami struck. Chadwick also profiles a Los Angeles-based engineer who examines the vulnerability of nuclear plants to earthquakes, a report from inside the exclusion zone in Japan by PBS Newshour reporter Miles O'Brien, and reports from Germany, where the government plans to shut down its nuclear reactors by 2022.
On Thursday, April 26 at noon hear the second part of BURN - Hunting for Oil: Risks and Rewards. It’s an Earth Day special that coincides with the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Host Alex Chadwick visits the Gulf coast, where hundreds of offshore rigs cut into the ocean’s bottom in an unabated effort to satisfy the country’s petroleum needs. He also examines Covenant Oil Field, a very rich oil field in Utah, the sustainability of oil pipelines that crisscross the United States, and which factors determine the price of gas.
The Public Radio Energy Project, created by SoundVision Productions, introduces an integrated, cross-platform effort with journalism, community projects, concept art and other media to engage regular people in the science, technology, engineering and social context of energy. It provides substantive reporting on energy as well as opportunities for information sharing and problem-solving.