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18 March 2012

Plans for a One Year Fukushima Update Interview

Dad and I at my wedding in October 2011. Photo by Christine Watters Photography. About a year ago I interviewed my father, a nuclear expert, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. We conducted twenty interviews during the month that followed the Tohoku earthquake. Over the past few months, we have attempted (and failed) to do a follow-up interview. We also started putting together a book of …

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3 August 2011

Have a Fukushima Question for My Dad, A Nuclear Engineer?

Over the past day or so, I have been receiving some requests to interview my dad, a nuclear engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster,  which has been in the news again recently because of high radiation readings. I’ve been trying to coax my dad into doing an update interview about Fukushima for the past month or so, but his work and travel schedule (as well as my …

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15 May 2011

A Quick Note: Lulu Book

I want to give you a quick update on the status of the book “Conversations with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan” which I plan to self-publish on Lulu. I am still working on putting this book together, albeit in my very limited free time. Now that I’m back from my South Africa trip, I’m working 10-12 hour lab days to …

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A Quick Note: Lulu Book

I want to give you a quick update on the status of the book “Conversations with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan” which I plan to self-publish on Lulu. I am still working on putting this book together, albeit in my very limited free time. Now that I’m back from my South Africa trip, I’m working 10-12 hour lab days to …

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12 April 2011

A Quick Note: And We Thought We Were Done with the Interviews…

My dad and I wrapped up our regular Fukushima interviews last Saturday, but we did say that if something important happened we would consider commenting on it. Well, the Fukushima nuclear disaster was just provisionally upgraded from a 5 (Three Mile Island level) to a 7 (Chernobyl level) by Japanese authorities. My dad is not surprised by this upgrade since he has long felt Fukushima to be higher than a …

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A Quick Note: And We Thought We Were Done with the Interviews…

My dad and I wrapped up our regular Fukushima interviews last Saturday, but we did say that if something important happened we would consider commenting on it. Well, the Fukushima nuclear disaster was just provisionally upgraded from a 5 (Three Mile Island level) to a 7 (Chernobyl level) by Japanese authorities. My dad is not surprised by this upgrade since he has long felt Fukushima to be higher than a …

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1 April 2011

A Quick Note: Interview Postponed by Nor’easter

Here in New England, the weather is often unpredictable. Seasoned New Englanders often say to each other and to befuddled visitors or newcomers, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Today, there is a late season nor’easter sweeping through New England like an April Fool’s prank. There is rain and snow and slush everywhere. Unfortunately, the weather has upset our work and travel schedules, so my father and …

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A Quick Note: Interview Postponed by Nor’easter

Here in New England, the weather is often unpredictable. Seasoned New Englanders often say to each other and to befuddled visitors or newcomers, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” Today, there is a late season nor’easter sweeping through New England like an April Fool’s prank. There is rain and snow and slush everywhere. Unfortunately, the weather has upset our work and travel schedules, so my father and …

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24 March 2011

11th Interview with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan

Update: Gerald has kindly hosted all of the new audio files. I am still updating all the audio links (some of which are broken). I’ll try to finish this up tonight– been busy! Meanwhile, you can listen to all the audio files on the new vimeo channel Brandon and I created. You can also listen to most of the interviews on Brad Go’s YouTube channel.   Here’s the vimeo channel: …

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21 March 2011

A Quick Note: Next Interview Scheduled for Evening of 3/22

My father and I were originally going to do another interview this evening. However, we’re both exhausted. Earlier today my dad had to make his way through a March snowstorm to fly out for a business trip, and he’s very tired. I’m also very tired– over the past few days, I have been doing hours upon hours of chemistry in lab in addition to the time I’ve been putting into …

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A Quick Note: Next Interview Scheduled for Evening of 3/22

My father and I were originally going to do another interview this evening. However, we’re both exhausted. Earlier today my dad had to make his way through a March snowstorm to fly out for a business trip, and he’s very tired. I’m also very tired– over the past few days, I have been doing hours upon hours of chemistry in lab in addition to the time I’ve been putting into …

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19 March 2011

Special Interview: My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, Talks with a Japanese Citizen in Nagoya, Japan

In Interview 7 I mentioned how my dad was threatening to replace me as his interviewer because of the problems I was having with call quality (high-pitch and echo on my side). Fortunately, the call quality has improved (thanks again to the Skype PR representative!), and my new internet tech friends are helping to improve the quality of all of the audios. Mike is enhancing the call quality to the …

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16 March 2011

A Quick Note: Please Take My Dad’s Interview Transcripts & Audio

I just wanted to make a quick note here that although my geology blog Georneys is copyright protected, I really want people to take the information in my dad’s interviews and distribute it as widely as possible. People are already posting links and taking excerpts, which is great. If you want to take the audio files & full transcripts and post them anywhere else– on your website or blog– please …

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5th Interview with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan

Picture of a Boiling Water Reactor Nuclear Power Plant like the Fukushima Plants. My dad refers to this image in his interview. Update: All the interviews are now available on a vimeo channel. Here’s the vimeo channel: Georneys Nuclear Engineer Dad Interview Series Update: Announcing Daily Updates from My Dad Update: Sorry about the echo starting partway into the recording. Not sure how to fix– I am using Pamela Call …

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13 March 2011

2nd Interview with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan

A recent photo of my Dad and one of his favorite trains– he is a high speed train buff. Update: All the interviews are now available on a vimeo channel. Here’s the vimeo channel: Georneys Nuclear Engineer Dad Interview Series Update: Announcing Daily Updates from my Dad Here is the audio file for today’s interview: Follow-Up Interview with My Dad Here is a vimeo video of the interview: Update: I …

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Full Transcript Now Available for Interview with my Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Japan Nuclear Disaster

I just wanted to post quickly that thanks to two kind and hard-working readers, there is now a full transcript for my interview with my dad, Commander Mark L. Mervine, US Navy, about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. The transcript can be found here: A Conversation with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan I asked my dad …

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12 March 2011

A Conversation with My Dad, a Nuclear Engineer, about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Japan

Update: All the interviews are now available on a vimeo channel. Here’s the vimeo channel: Georneys Nuclear Engineer Dad Interview Series Update: Audio 1 is now corrected so that I sound much better (less high pitched). Thank you to Michael, a professional who volunteered his time to improve the audio. Update: Announcing Daily Updates from my Dad My dad does not usually swear. He’s usually a reserved man of few …

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