science podcast #148

Fukushima’s Hot Zone, Ancient Nomads, Death-Row Organs

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This Week: We go inside the exclusion zone around Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant one year after the devastation caused by 2011′s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. We hear what archaeologists have learned about an ancient and artistic culture in Central Asia. And China acknowledges a gruesome truth: it continues to harvest human organs from death-row inmates.

Visiting the Hot Zone: A year after a tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, the cleanup of the contaminated area has just begun. As Sam Eaton reports from Fukushima, no one knows if the cleanup will ever be finished, because no one’s tried anything like it before. (Check out Sam’s other stories here.)

Gold of the Nomads: In eastern Kazakhstan, excavations of centuries-old burial sites have turned up spectacular gold pieces, jewelry, and animal figurines. More than 200 of these items are now on display at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Marco Werman talks to the curator of the exhibition, Jennifer Chi, about the artifacts and what scientists have learned about the ancient nomadic culture. (Read a related story by John Noble Wilford of the New York Times here.)

Organs from Death Row: A government official has acknowledged that death-row inmates remain the main source of human organs for transplant in China, despite a pledge to phase out the practice. We hear more from The World’s Beijing correspondent, Mary Kay Magistad.

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