Live Chat 3 p.m. ET: The Battle for Fukushima


February 29, 2012

The world watched the Fukushima disaster unfold at a distance — headlines, press conferences, grainy helicopter footage. But what was really going on inside the battle for Fukushima?

Producer Dan Edge spent months in Japan to investigate the full story of those harrowing days at the brink of catastrophe. He interviewed several TEPCO workers, who risked their lives to prevent a meltdown and who have been forbidden from talking publicly about the experience. And he uncovered new details about the confused scramble to respond to the crisis as it unfolded.

A year later, what do we know about why TEPCO and the Japanese government weren’t better prepared? Why did officials play down the crisis? Who knew what, when? And how close did Japan — and the world — really come to a nuclear nightmare?

Join producer Dan Edge (The Wounded Platoon, Kill/Capture) in a live chat at 3 p.m. ET to discuss these questions and the making of “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown.”

We’ll be joined by a guest questioner, Boing Boing science editor Maggie Koerth Baker. Her work has also appeared in Discover, Popular Science and New Scientist, and her new book Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us is set to be published in April 2012. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiekb1.

What are your questions for Dan Edge? You can leave them in the chat window below and come by at 3 p.m. to join the live discussion.

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

blog comments powered by Disqus

More Stories

Derek Chauvin, three other ex-Minneapolis officers indicted by Justice Department on civil rights charges in killing of George Floyd
A federal grand jury has indicted four ex-Minneapolis police officers on charges of abusing their positions of authority to detain George Floyd, leading to his death last May.
May 7, 2021
FRONTLINE Earns Five Peabody Awards Nominations
Five FRONTLINE documentaries have been named 2021 George Foster Peabody Award finalists.
May 4, 2021
‘Escaping Eritrea’ Filmmaker Evan Williams Describes ‘Phenomenal Sacrifice’ of Eritreans Sneaking Footage Out of Country
'Escaping Eritrea' producer Evan Williams set out to learn what was driving so many Eritreans from their homeland. He found answers — as well as people trying to smuggle secret footage out of the country.
May 4, 2021
500,000 Refugees, ‘Slavery-like’ Compulsory Service, No National Elections, Border Conflicts & Secret Prisons: 5 Human Rights Crises in Eritrea
From compulsory conscription to the mass exodus of refugees, here is an introduction to five of Eritrea’s biggest human rights crises.
May 4, 2021