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8:03am

Sun March 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Partial Meltdown Feared At Japanese Nuclear Plant

Japan is struggling to cope with nuclear power plants whose cooling systems lost power, posing a dire threat to towns crippled by Friday's earthquake and tsunami. As more news comes from Japan, you can track it on NPR's main news story.

Update At 1:20 p.m. ET: Emergency At Second Plant, Trouble At Third

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8:00am

Sun March 13, 2011
Asia

Partial Meltdown Just Part Of Japan's Disaster

Host Liane Hansen gets the latest on conditions in Japan from NPR's Rob Gifford in Sendai, a northern port city of about a million people about 80 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. There has been a partial meltdown of a nearby nuclear reactor, and scientists and engineers are trying to avert an explosion at a second reactor.

8:00am

Sun March 13, 2011
Politics

Life On Capitol Hill Spurring Exodus In The Senate

Eight senators who might have counted on re-election in 2012 have chosen to retire instead. They include three Republicans who might have been rising to chair committees or top positions in leadership. Host Liane Hansen talks about the retirements with NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, who says the eight have different reasons for going but also illustrate the diminished allure of life in the Senate itself.

8:00am

Sun March 13, 2011
Asia

Japanese Ambassador Watches Crisis Unfold From Afar

Host Liane Hansen speaks with Ichiro Fujisaki, Japan's ambassador to the U.S., about his nation's efforts to respond to the earthquake and tsunami that killed hundreds of people in the north of the country.

8:00am

Sun March 13, 2011
Around the Nation

Celebrating The World War I Generation

In Kansas City, residents turned out to honor veterans of World War I. The last survivor of that war, Frank Buckles, died recently. The city wants its memorial to be declared the nation's official monument to the countries WWI veterans. Frank Morris of member station KCUR reports.

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