PRT Episode 17 - Nuclear Weapons

In this episode, we go from the discovery of nuclear fission up to the most recent state getting a nuclear weapon, and in between we talk about the Manhattan Project, Soviet spies, Hiroshima, US nuclear testing, and the DPRK having a nuke. This episode has some of the darkest moments we've had on the podcast and also some incredible silliness. Enjoy!

Suggested Reading/Viewing - 

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin

Stalin's Great Science: The Times and Adventures of Soviet Physicists, Alexei B. Kojevnikov

Before The Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, Diana Preston

Hiroshima's Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History, Kai Bird & Lawrence Lifschultz

The Ruin of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Birth of the Modern Arms Race, Priscilla Johnson McMillan

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters,Kate Brown

Hiroshima, John Hersey

Yellow Dirt: A Poisoned Land and the Betrayal of the Navajos, Judy Pasternak

Bombshell: The Secret Story of America's Unknown Atomic Spy Controversy, Joseph Albright & Marcia Kunstel

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/1366164/Israel-reveals-secrets-of-how-it-gained-bomb.html

A Bomb in the Basement: Israel's Nuclear Option

 

Outro music: Gang of Four - "I Found That Essence Rare"