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  • April 9, 2012  

    In a rare U.S. visit, a collection of 30 Japanese bird-and-flower silk scroll paintings by Ito Jakuchu are on display at the National Gallery of Art, just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the nation’s capital. Judy Woodruff reports on the display of the 18th century Japanese national treasures. Continue reading

  • March 19, 2012  

    Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. have bloomed exceptionally early this year, but this is nothing compared to when they might be blooming decades from now. By 2080, cherry blossoms could reach their peak bloom as early as late February, according to Dr. Soo-Hyung Kim of the University of Washington. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

  • March 13, 2012  

    Promoting produce from Fukushima, a Tokyo store lists the cesium levels beside the price — just one way life has changed a year after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident struck Japan. In the final report in his series, Miles O’Brien examines food-safety concerns and a cottage industry of testing groceries for radiation. Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012   BY News Desk  

    In the second installment of a three-part series on Japan’s recovery, Miles O’Brien reports on Japanese residents who are struggling to clean up contaminated farms, roads and school yards after the massive earthquake, tsunami and resulting nuclear disaster struck Japan … Continue reading

  • March 12, 2012  

    One year after an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, the country is still trying to recover and decontaminate land and buildings from partial meltdowns of three Fukushima nuclear reactors. In his second report from the region, science correspondent Miles O’Brien explores the challenges and possibilities of radiation cleanup. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012   BY Larisa Epatko  

    Although a year has passed since Japan’s tsunami sucked tons of wood, nets and other debris into the Pacific Ocean, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to track the rubble and urges others to do so to help focus cleanup efforts. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Sunday marks a year since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing a partial meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima plants. In the first report in a series on Japan’s recovery, Miles O’Brien documents the country’s cleanup attempts as scientists decide whether residual radiation could be potentially harmful. Continue reading

  • March 9, 2012  

    Carl Pillitteri was one of 38 Americans at the Fukushima plant when the earthquake hit. Describing the “demonic” sounds he heard and the pit of fear he felt inside the turbine building that day, Pillteri recently spoke with Alex Chadwick, the host of the new American Public Media series “BURN: An Energy Journal.” Continue reading

  • January 17, 2012  

    NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien traveled to three continents to examine the safety and future of nuclear energy in the wake of last spring’s Fukushima reactor disaster in Japan. In this excerpt from Tuesday’s edition of “Frontline,” O’Brien visits the Indian Point Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y. Continue reading

  • December 28, 2011  

    Mourners in North Korea said goodbye to Kim Jong-il Wednesday. The funeral procession, led by Kim’s designated successor, signified the end of an era for an isolated nation. Gwen Ifill discusses how the leadership change could affect U.S. policy with Donald Gregg of The Korea Society and Georgetown University’s Balbina Hwang. Continue reading