Special Coverage: Crisis In Japan
A second explosion was reported today at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan as officials say that three of the plant's reactors may have experienced partial meltdown. Search and rescue operations continue along coastal areas that were hardest hit by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. More than 1,000 bodies washed ashore in Miyagi prefecture, and Japanese officials fear the number of dead could grow to more than 10,000. Prime Minister Naoto Kan called the ongoing disaster the worst crisis his country's faced since World War II. Neal Conan hosts special coverage today and speaks with NPR's Doualy Xaykaothao, who is in Koriyama City, NPR's Joe Palca, who's covering the nuclear crisis, a member of a search and rescue team, and Hawaii Public Radio News Director Bill Dorman.
U.S. Role In Libya
Military troops loyal to Libya's Moammar Gadhafi continue to push into the eastern parts of the country now held by rebels. Warplanes, ships and tanks today bombed anti-government fighters in the oil port city of Brega. Over the weekend, the Arab League requested that the United Nations Security Council approve a no-fly zone over Libyan airspace. While some experts say the United States must step in to help the rebels, others argue that Libya doesn't meet the high bar for U.S. military intervention. Neal Conan talks with George Joffe of Cambridge University and Ret. Army General Wesley Clark of the Center for American Progress about the latest developments in Libya, the growing calls for international military support and whether or not the U.S. should intervene.
The State Of The News Media
For the first time, more people said they consume their news online than from newspapers in the previous year. New hires at online-only news agencies nearly offset the number of people who lost their jobs at traditional news outlets. And for the first time in at least 12 years the median audience at all three cable news channels declined. These are just some of the new findings in The State of the News Media 2011 report issued today by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Director Tom Rosenstiel talks with host Neal Conan about the findings, and what they might mean for the news business.