12:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Asia

Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:34 am

Anti-nuclear activists in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, June 22. Some 20,000 demonstrators protested against the Japanese government's decision to restart two idle nuclear reactors in western Japan, ending a brief period without any nuclear power generation.
Rie Ishii AFP/Getty Images

After taking all 50 of its nuclear reactors offline following a devastating accident last year, Japan is planning to restart the first of two of them in western Fukui prefecture as early as Sunday.

The catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in March 2011 forced Japan to scale back plans to aggressively expand its nuclear energy sector. But the highly controversial move to restart the two reactors on the other side of the country is a sign that the nuclear power lobby isn't throwing in the towel yet.

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12:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Middle East

In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 5:25 pm

People walk through Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 28. The merchants of this landmark bazaar were once ardent supporters of President Bashar Assad. That's no longer the case.
Bassem Tellawi AP

In Syria's capital, Damascus, the Hamidiyah souk is a landmark — a centuries-old covered market linked to a maze of alleyways in the heart of the capital. Over the 15-month uprising, Syria's merchants have supported the regime of President Bashar Assad. But that support is crumbling.

Shops selling everything from cold drinks, ice cream and spices to wedding dresses and electric guitars line Hamidiyah's cobblestone streets.

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12:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Planet Money

Going Public Is A Hassle

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 2:09 pm

Meh.
Richard Drew AP

Here's a classic story of how a multimillion-dollar company gets started.

A young guy named Seung Bak is on a trip to China. He gets back to his hotel room late one night and turns on the TV.

"I'm flipping through channels, and in the middle of China they are showing Korean dramas all around the clock," Bak says.

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12:00am

Thu June 28, 2012
transgender

Today on Your Call: What are transgender people facing today?

On today's Your Call, we’re talking about the trans* movement for social and legal equality. Thirty-four states can still deny employment, housing, or education to those who identify as transgender. What are the realities of those who live under the trans* label? Where are we seeing positives in education in activism? Join us at 10 or leave a comment at yourcallradio.org. What role should the government play in protecting trans* people? How far has society come in terms of accepting gender variance? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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9:03pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Movies

In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:34 am

Omar Sy plays Driss in the hit French film The Intouchables. The feel-good movie won numerous awards in France, but has met with a mixed reaction in the U.S.
Thierry Valletoux Weinstein Co.

Frenchman Jean Dujardin may have won this year's Academy Award for best actor for his role in The Artist, but in France he was beat out for the country's most prestigious acting award, the Cesar, by a new acting sensation: The 34-year-old son of African immigrants, Omar Sy.

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9:03pm

Wed June 27, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:34 am

In plays like FOB, M. Butterfly and Chinglish, David Henry Hwang, seen here at a 2006 gala, touches on the obstacles that can stand between immigrants and the American dream.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

David Henry Hwang is a playwright from Los Angeles, currently living in New York, who has dealt with issues of cultural identity in his work, especially as it pertains to the Asian-American experience. He spoke to NPR's Morning Edition about his thoughts on the American dream.

"I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that.

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6:26pm

Wed June 27, 2012
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

Landlord/tenant laws and issues

Chuck Finney is joined by attorneys James Coy Driscoll and Marc Seidenfeld to discuss landlord/tenant law.

 

5:25pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Music

Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 9:34 am

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

4:45pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: June 27, 2012

Finding mental health somewhere between east and west; meet the head of the state's largest medical cannabis dispensary: Steve DeAngelo; and local band The Stone Foxes.

4:45pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Tell us your thoughts on healthcare

The Supreme Court this morning upheld President Obama's healthcare reform law, the Affordable Care Act. We want to know what you think:

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