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Vermont Yankee plant (Source:  Wikipedia)
Vermont Yankee plant (Source: Wikipedia)

Nuclear crisis comes as Vermont debates its nuclear future

The crisis in Japan is unfolding just as Vermont's legislature is debating the future of Entergy's Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

That 39-year-old plant has faced troubles of its own, including the discovery last year that it was leaking a substance called tritium into the groundwater.

Just last week, the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave Vermont Yankee approval to operate for another two decades.

But the disaster in Japan is sparking new opposition among state lawmakers.

Brian Mann spoke with Shay Totten, a reporter and columnist for the weekly magazine "Seven Days" based in Burlington.  Go to full article
Tens of thousands of people remain missing in Japan (Photo: Wikipedia)
Tens of thousands of people remain missing in Japan (Photo: Wikipedia)

North Country families scramble to reach friends, loved ones in Japan

Residents of the North Country have been trying to stay in touch with family and friends in Japan following that country's deadly earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

They've been making phone calls, sending emails and using Facebook and Skype to get updates from their loved ones.

Chris Knight spoke with two local people who have ties to Japan.  Go to full article
A Girls' Festival Day card
A Girls' Festival Day card

Heard Up North: Girls' Festival Day in Japan

Today is Girls' Festival Day in Japan. It's a day to celebrate the future success and happiness of daughters. Peach blossoms, tri-colored cake and festive sushi are all part of the celebration. Yuka Uno is a Japanese exchange student at St. Lawrence University. She says, traditionally, the day is celebrated with a display of formal dolls on a red-robed stand, crowned by the emperor and empress. Yuka Uno spoke with NCPR's Barb Heller and is today's "Heard Up North".  Go to full article
A Kasuga lantern, found in many Japanese gardens.
A Kasuga lantern, found in many Japanese gardens.

A garden for solace and studies

St. Lawrence University unveils a new sacred space this weekend. The North Country Japanese Garden, designed and built by students and faculty, will serve as an outdoor classroom and a place for quiet reflection. It's open to the public and includes quadrants with traditional Zen landscape elements - a grassy "strolling" garden, a dry stream and a shady moss garden. The Canton garden is based on a design made by several students who visited Zen gardens in Kyoto, Japan, in 2006 as part of a class project and research grant. Todd Moe toured the redesigned inner courtyard of Sykes Hall and found a blend of nature, art, East Asian and Adirondack aesthetics.  Go to full article
Kanji character "haru" means Spring
Kanji character "haru" means Spring

Do you Haiku?

Web manager and resident poet Dale Hobson joins Todd Moe to kick off the 3rd annual NCPR Spring Haiku Invitational.  Go to full article

Commentary: Hokkaido and Home

Betsy Kepes and her family have spent most of the last year away from home. Fire-spotting out West, trekking through New Zealand. They ended up in northern Japan - closer to home that what the map showed.  Go to full article

Music: Master Flutist Yoshio Kurahashi

Yoshio Kurahashi is one of Japan's great master shakuhachi flute players. He's performed on the evocative bamboo instrument for more than 40 years and has garnered esteem and accolades from across the world. Earlier this month, Yoshio Kurahashi was a guest at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa. The embassy presented a free concert, at the National Gallery Theatre, as a New Year's gift to the community. The recital also featured Yoko Hirono Itatani on the koto, or Japanese floor harp. Lucy Martin spoke with Yoshio Kurahashi and recorded music from the concert. She asked him about the significance of New Year's in Japanese culture.  Go to full article

Commentary: VJ Day

New York City has been the focal point of many great events in modern history. Commentator Paul Willcott tells a family story about VJ Day, when the city erupted in a celebration of unexcelled exuberance.  Go to full article

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