Even the skeptics can be convinced—and need to be, says novelist Gwyneth Cravens. In her book Power to Save the World, she takes an informed look at nuclear energy in order to debunk some of the myths surrounding it. Today on Focus, she'll join us to talk about her findings and her belief that nuclear energy is a completely realistic solution to global warming—possibly even a necessary one.
The element plutonium was first manufactured in the laboratory at Berkeley in 1941. There was so little of it that it was impossible to see with the naked eye. Now we face a much different problem—we've produced so much that we don't know how to get rid of it. This morning on Focus, we'll explore the history of this dangerous element with physicist Jeremy Bernstein, who will explain how despite its humble start as a laboratory novelty, plutonium soon became the most destructive weapon the world had ever known.