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This Week
January 24, 2003

This week on NOW:

More than 100 nuclear power reactors - many from the 1960s and 1970s and all aging - are operating in plants across the United States. Eleven of these plants were closed down for inspection about a year ago when it was discovered they were "highly susceptible to cracking." A 12th nuclear power station, Davis-Besse in Oak Harbor, OH, was vulnerable to the same problem, but was not immediately shut down. Davis-Besse turned out to be in the worst shape of them all and it had the most extensive corrosion of a nuclear reactor that the U.S. has ever seen. Allegations about government regulators emerged and numerous investigations are underway. NOW investigates a CLOSE CALL.

Bill Moyers interviews renowned author Doris Lessing on how the horrors of war have affected her life and writing.

NOW travels to South Carolina to profile GULLAH CULTURE, a heritage so rich, no price tag can measure its value.

Are drugs the hidden weapon in modern war? A Bill Moyers commentary.

In Depth

Nuclear power plant

More about nuclear power plants in the United States

Monitoring the environment in your neighborhood

Doris Lessing
Bill Moyers talks with Doris Lessing

Gullah Country sunset
Learn more about Gullah history and culture and view a photo essay.

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Bill Moyers on Drugs and Modern War


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Close Call
Producer/Correspondent: Keith Brown
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

Gullah Culture
Producers: Rick Field & Cyndee Readdean
NPR Correspondent: Vertamae Grosvenor
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

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