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Meet with with some of the top experts in the industry to find out how nuclear is working for us today and what role nuclear energy plays in tomorrow’s world.

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Part One

The Clean Factor

In part one of this four-part exploration, George sends Greg to the field to discover how Nuclear Energy is helping us reach our goal of a zero-carbon footprint by 2050.

Lesson Plan

What is energy poverty and how does nuclear energy make a difference? In this lesson, suitable for grades 7-12, students will research what energy poverty looks like in the world and how microreactors and advancements in nuclear energy could impact these areas and offer possible solutions.

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Beyond the Episode

Part Two

The Past, Present, and Future of Nuclear Energy

In part two of this four-part exploration, George sends Greg to discover the history of nuclear energy, how nuclear energy is being used in today’s world, and what tomorrow’s nuclear reactors might look like.

Lesson Plan

What is the difference between fusion and fission and what does this have to do with nuclear energy? In this lesson, suitable for grades 6-8, students will define fusion and fission and what happens when each occurs.

Synopsis

Part Three

Big Power in Small Packages

In part three of this four-part exploration, George sends Greg to explore how Small Modular Reactors can help provide power to remote locations or during natural or other major outages.

Lesson Plan

Did you know that small modular reactor power plants would require less than 1% of the land area that renewables such as biomass, wind, solar, and hydropower need to produce the same amount of energy?

In this lesson, suitable for grades 9-12, students will look at small modular reactors (SMRs) and their benefits.

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Part Four

Nuclear Does What, Now?

In the final part of our four-part exploration, Greg explores how Nuclear Energy is helping with space exploration and George leads a roundtable talk with some of nuclear energy’s top minds to discuss what nuclear energy looks like in tomorrow’s world.

Lesson Plan

Did you know the Energy Department has 17 National Labs that tackle scientific challenges like climate change and discovering the origins of the universe? In this lesson, suitable for grades 6-8, students will explore our National Labs and their specialities.

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MEET THE EXPERTS

PART ONE

Spencer Nelson
Spencer Nelson
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Clearpath Senior Research Director
Dr. Kathryn Huff
Dr. Kathryn Huff
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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY PRINCIPLE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY
Emma Redfoot
Emma Redfoot
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Reactor Engineer
Corey McDaniel
Corey McDaniel
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INL Chief Commercial Officer
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MEET THE EXPERTS

PART TWO

Don Miley
Don Miley
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Historian and Tour Guide, INL
Rita Baranwal
Rita Baranwal
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ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE VICE PRESIDENT OF NUCLEAR AND CHIEF NUCLEAR OFFICER
Dr. Kathy McCarthy
Dr. Kathy McCarthy
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Associate Laboratory Director

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PART THREE

Jose Reyes
Jose Reyes
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NUSCALE POWER CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Yasir Arafat
Yasir Arafat
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IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY MICROREACTOR TECHNICAL LEAD
Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Shannon Bragg-Sitton
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IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY INTEGRATED ENERGY SYSTEMS LEAD

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PART FOUR

Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson
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IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY DIRECTOR FOR SPACE NUCLEAR POWER & ISOTOPE TECHNOLOGIES
Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar
Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar
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ASSOCIATE DEAN, IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (ISU), SENIOR REACTOR OPERATOR AT ISU'S AEROJET-GENERAL NUCLEONICS NUCLEAR REACTOR