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The Doomsday Clock has just moved forward; we are now two minutes to midnight. Scientists created the clock in the 1940s as a way or demonstrating how close they think we are to the possible extinction of the mankind. Their predictions are based on threats of nuclear war, climate change, and more.

So why are we the closest to midnight since 1953? Our experts share their insight. Our guests:

  • Tom Weber, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Rochester
  • Wes Renfro, chair of the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher College

Huge Transformers Set to Move

Nov 2, 2015
rge.com

It's a sign of the eventual retirement of the Ginna Nuclear Power Plant.

The operation involves some rather old-fashioned transportation.

Two huge transformers that will someday allow RG and E to wean itself from nuclear power were built in China.

The 236-ton machines came to the US by freighter, then by Erie Canal barge to Macedon.

This week, they'll get to a substation in Perinton on two huge 12-axle self-propolled flatbeds.

In marking 70 years since the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we're asking how ethics and philosophy professors are teaching the subject of nuclear ethics. In discussing the ethics of bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, what are the central considerations? Is it - as some argue - a simple question of math? Supporters of using the bomb looked at projections of casualties in a ground invasion, comparing that to the losses from the bombing. We'll discuss that and more with our guests:

  • Richard Dees, associate professor of Philosophy; associate professor of Bioethics; director of program in Bioethics
  • Joanne Bernardi, associate professor of Japanese, University of Rochester
  • Eric Wheeler, Counseling Center and Veteran Services at MCC

Are you a user of that length of waterway, the Erie Canal? Maybe you’re a cyclist, a dog walker or a boat owner, or maybe you’re business depends on it? Someone’s finally got around to measuring the economic benefit of the historic waterway which now has a today-dollar value, and it might surprise you. Fran Gotcsik, director of programs and policy for Parks and Trails New York chats with us about the stats.

Then we head into the Nuclear Vault…a repository of formerly classified national security documents curated by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. This week, newly released documents provide surprising insights into what nuclear conflict would have meant to the U.S. half a century ago. We chat with the Archive's senior analyst, Dr. William Burr.