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New podcast traces the history, controversy and promise of nuclear power

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14min 31sec
Laura Krantz
A sign on Experimental Breeder Reactor — EBR-1 — at the Idaho National Laboratory. EBR-1 is a decommissioned research reactor and U.S. National Historic Landmark located in the desert of southeast Idaho. It was the world’s first breeder reactor. On December 20, 1951, it became one of the world’s first electricity-generating nuclear power plants when it produced enough electricity to illuminate four 200-watt light bulbs.

Nuclear power has been debated since its beginnings in the 1950s. Fears of a nuclear accident have been realized at the Chernobyl plant in the former Soviet Union, the nuclear facility in Fukishima, Japan and in the United States at Three Mile Island. More recently, nuclear energy has had a renaissance of sorts as a clean-energy alternative to fossil fuels. The latest season of the podcast Wild Thing, featuring producer and host Laura Krantz, is all about nuclear power.