This week’s episode discusses anxiety around nuclear technology, including both weaponry and nuclear energy. We really upped our game here. We start with the little-known story of Vasili Arkhipov, who might have saved the world. Then, we speak to two nuclear scientists about nuclear energy. Next, we discuss nuclear technology and culture — from Strangelove to comic books. Finally, former US assistant secretary of defense, Lawrence Korb, calls in from the NATO summit in Chicago to discuss the Iranian nuclear program.
Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archives
David Measday, Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Physics, UBC
Jose Etcheverry, Professor of Environmental Studies, York
Mike from Golden Age Collectables, Vancouver.
Margot Henriksen, Professor of History, Hawaii.
Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow at the Centre for American Progress and former US assistant Secretary of Defense.
Alexei Kojevnikov, Professor of History, UBC.
We had much too much content this week, so we had quite ruthlessly cut and save it for the web. There’s lots of compelling content though, including an interview with Alexei Kojevnikov, Professor of History. You’ll also want to check out part two of our discussion with Thomas Blanton. Unfortunately, we don’t have the bandwidth to air the full Margot Henriksen or David Measday tapes. For the next episode, we’ll try to get more space.
- Online Exclusive: Alexei Kojevnikov, Professor of Hisotry at UBC discusses Soviet nuclear anxiety, or lack-thereof. Download
- Part #2 of our discussion with Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archives at GWU.
- The extended Jose Etcheverry discussion.