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January 21 2014

04:36

fukushima

Years after the disaster, some claim that Fukushima radiation is still going to cause widespread death. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4397

October 26 2013

21:48

How Churchill went atomic and currents in science writing: The Guardian Books Podcast

Has the gilt rubbed off the golden age of science writing? And why has an award-winning writer turned his focus from scientific biography to political history? Graham Farmelo, who won the Costa biography award with his life of the quantum genius Paul Dirac, joins us to discuss his book about the "hidden" history of Winston Churchill and the nuclear bomb. He explains why Churchill's role in the history of atomic weapons should not be underestimated, introduces us to some of the eccentrics who briefed him, and tells how the term "atomic bomb" was invented by a novelist years before they even existed. We also hear from Uta Frith, one of the panel judging the Royal Society's Winton prize for science writing, about the books on this year's longlist. And Guardian science writer Ian Sample – a former Winton shortlistee – explains why the last thing he wants to do when he's relaxing is read a book about science. http://www.theguardian.com/books/audio/2013/sep/20/churchill-atomic-currents-science-writing-podcast

May 24 2011

14:16

DocArchive: Alive In Chernobyl (Part One - 26 April 2011)

On the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl power plant, presenter Olga Betko travels to Chernobyl - in her native Ukraine - to find the people who are living in what is known as the "dead zone".

May 01 2011

13:43

Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack

The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack. About Irwin Redlener Dr. Irwin Redlener spends his days imagining the worst: He studies how humanity might survive natural or human-made disasters of unthinkable severity. http://www.ted.com/talks/irwin_redlener_warns_of_nuclear_terrorism.html

March 23 2011

23:39

Nuclear Power – BBC One Planet

As the nuclear crisis in Japan continues, One Planet looks at the future for nuclear energy worldwide. Plus, the clean-up operation from last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

October 01 2010

05:49

Twilight of the Bombs

How much did the Cold War cost everyone from 1948 to 1991, and how much of that was for nuclear weapons? The total cost has been estimated at $18.5 trillion, with $7.8 trillion for nuclear. At the peak the Soviet Union had 95,000 weapons and the US had 20 to 40,000. America's current seriously degraded infrastructure would cost about $2.2 trillion to fix -- all the gas lines and water lines and schools and bridges. We spent that money on bombs we never intended to use -- all of the Cold War players, major and minor, told Rhodes that everyone knew that the bombs must not and could not be used. Much of the nuclear expansion was for domestic consumption: one must appear "ahead," even though numbers past a couple dozen warheads were functionally meaningless. http://longnow.org/seminars/02010/sep/21/twilight-bombs/

July 02 2010

18:04

A Very Scary Fireworks Show: Exploding H-Bombs In Space

Since we're coming up on the Fourth of July, and towns everywhere are preparing their better-than-ever fireworks spectaculars, we would like to offer this humbling bit of history. Back in the summer of 1962, the U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in outer space, some 250 miles above the Pacific Ocean. It was a weapons test, but one that created a man-made light show that has never been equaled — and hopefully never will. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128170775&ft=1&f=1001
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