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How the US goes to war

How the US goes to war

03/21/11 08:00PM

Steve Clemons, founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and publisher of The Washington Note, talks with Rachel Maddow about... watch

Ill wind blows in Japan

Ill wind blows in Japan

03/21/11 08:00PM

Ed Lyman, senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, talks with Rachel Maddow about efforts to stabilize damaged Japanese nuclear reactors and... watch

Vernal Equinox has arrived

Vernal Equinox has arrived

03/21/11 08:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, gives us a preview of tonight's show - we've got the latest on the uprisings in Libya, the... watch

OK, on a scale of Three Mile Island to Chernobyl, where are we now?

03/17/11 09:30AM

Officials in Japan say the situation at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant now depends on the condition of reactors two, three and four. We're getting mixed reports on reactor No. 1, and cooling systems for Nos. 5 and 6 are being powered by diesel generators.Of the other three reactors, Nos. 3 and 4 present the greatest worry. Rachel tweeted a link this morning to a World Nuclear News report that includes, among other things, the update that helicopter pilots say they've seen some water in the spent fuel pool at No. 4. read more

What's the deal with spent nuclear fuel?

03/16/11 09:30AM

"The first segment of #maddow last night & tonight should be required viewing if want to know anything about nuclear reactors," @jkars tweeted last night. Will adapted Monday's opening segment for the blog already. This post adapts the opening block from last night.________________________Nuclear fuel rods contain little pellets of uranium, somewhere between the size of Tootsie Roll and Cadbury eggs. Those uranium pellets are stacked inside thin, 12-foot-long metal tubes, which we call fuel rods.That's essentially the business end of a nuclear reactor. read more

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