Continuing threat facing the western world by the Soviet possession of the atom

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Bill Leonard introduces the second of four programs produced by James Fleming "dealing with challenging aspects of the civil defense story."

Several audio clips are played:
President Truman (recorded "the other evening"): we face a long future of world tension...
Secretary of Defense George Marshall: the best we can hope for is a long period of tension
Winston Churchill (March 1949): Europe would have been communized some time ago, but for the deterrent of the atomic bomb in the hands of the US
Sep 23, 1949: announcement of evidence of an atomic explosion in the USSR
John Foster Dulles: the Russians may feel they can blackmail us, but we must not give in
Harold Urey: there never was a satisfactory defense against the atomic bomb
Harrison Brown: there is no control scheme
Secretary of State Dean Acheson (Sep 1949): a plea for regulation

Fleming and Leonard continue to discuss the news on atomic weapons.

Fleming introduces audio of citizens of the US and Japan discussing "living with the bomb": people from Nevada who listened in on an explosion (played back), Mayor of Hiroshima, children from Japan.

A teacher demonstrating air raid drill instructions in a classroom.

Lawrence Wilkerson: it's a question of saving our country

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71905
Municipal archives id: LT1836