The Madeleine Brand Show for April 12, 2011

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Fukushima crisis level now on par with Chernobyl

Japanese authorities have raised the crisis level at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to a seven from five under international disaster standards. That's the worst rating given and the same as the one given to the devastating Chernobyl accident in Ukraine. Sounds bad, right? Here to explain what the rating means, is Ploughshares President Joseph Cirincione.
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Football has become more than a friday night ritual for many high schools across the country. The players train year round, and as a result they're bigger, faster, and hit harder than ever. There's been an increasing concern of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in some high school players brains, as such damage had only been previously found in NFL players. In a documentary that premiers on Frontline tonight, Producer Rachel Dretzin chronicles Americas love for football and brings to light the fact that it could lead to major medical issues for young athletes.
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California's role in the Civil War

A hundred and fifty years ago today a battle broke out at Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina. That fight would later be seen as the start of the Civil War. The date the war started is clear, but the reason the war started is more complicated. A recent Pew Research Center study found that Americans are split on whether the war was mainly about states' rights or slavery. A lesser known reason for the war involved western states like California. Here to talk about that is the director of the Huntington - USC Institute on California and the West, William Deverell.
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Middle Eastern comedians fueled by uprisings

The uprisings across the Middle East that have grabbed headlines over these past months haven't just ushered in a new political reality in the region. They have also provided a glut of new material for Middle Eastern stand-up comics. Egyptian Omar Elba and Palestinian-American Aron Kader join Madeleine in studio.
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New Music Tuesday with Drew Tewksbury

Our reviewer Drew Tewksbury takes a look at new music from across the spectrum. The Kills are out with their new album called 'Blood Pressure'. Cold Cave's latest release is 'Cherish the light Years' and Femi Kuti's latest release is 'Africa for Africa'. Click through for individual songs.
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