The Madeleine Brand Show for August 15, 2011

Xeni Jardin: firsthand from Fukushima evacuation zone

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A family prays for victims of the tsunami and earthquake before a broken tombstone at a graveyard at Otsuchi town, Iwate prefecture on August 11, 2011.

New economic reports from Japan show that nation may be pulling out of a recession triggered by the March earthquake and tsunami. Although GDP declined, the drop was less than many economists expected, and now some are predicting a return to growth in the next quarter. Just back from Japan, our regular contributor Xeni Jardin, an editor for, joins us to talk about her experience traveling in Tokyo and Fukushima for a series of stories for PBS about the triple disaster.

See Xeni's pictures from her trip to Japan:

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