The Terry Project Podcast #11: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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.

Hosted by: Gordon Katic and Sam Fenn
Produced by: Mollie Deyong, Rachel Gutman, Gordon Katic, and Sam Fenn.

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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.

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Gordon Katic (@gordonkatic) has been student coordinator for the Terry Project for over two years, and in that time started BARtalk, and the Terry Project on CiTR 101.9FM. A former Ubyssey columnist, and now a student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Gordon is trying to use journalism to tell important stories about global issues.