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Nuclear power industry execs testified in Washington yesterday that we have nothing to worry about – except perhaps the fact that almost all American nuclear power plants have backup batteries that would last only half as long as those at Japan’s troubled Fukushima. DAN HIRSCH comments: he’s head of Committee to Bridge the Gap, which has been fighting nuclear power for more than three decades.
Also: Lincoln and slavery: how our greatest president changed his mind about abolition, emancipation, and black voting rights: historian ERIC FONER explains — and provides helpful hints about updating a lecture on Lincoln. His book The Fiery Trial just won the Bancroft Prize and the Lincoln Prize, the two biggest awards in the history profession. (originally broadcast 12/1/10)