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Friday, July 15, 2005

Nuclear Fear

Friday at 1 pm ET, I'll be live on WFPL (89.3 FM) public radio. The one hour program is "State of Affairs" and tomorrow's topic is "Nuclear Fear." You can listen live on the web or find the entire program archive.

One guest is a scientist, so I've spent much of this evening thinking about how nuclear technology is depicted in politics and popular culture. The latter is more fun: from "Godzilla" and "Dr. Strangelove" to "The Day After" and "The Sum of All Fears," nuclear bombs have inspired filmmakers.

In 1979, "The China Syndrome" opened just days before the Three Mile Island accident; the US has not ordered a nuclear reactor since 1978. Chernobyl in 1986 did not help the industry very much either.

Note: the host encourages listeners to call in to ask questions or comment.

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