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State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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Iran's Nuclear Program: Can a Deal Be Reached?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This Sunday is the preliminary deadline for Iran and the U.S. to reach an agreement on scaling back Iran's nuclear program. With just days left, Secretary of State John Kerry says that although "tangible progress" has been made, after six months of talks, "very real gaps" remain. 

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Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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New Jersey News

Why NJ's Democratic Senators Are Threatening Additional Iran Sanctions

Friday, January 17, 2014

WNYC

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker from New Jersey are among just 16 Democratic Senators supporting a bill that threatens additional sanctions on Iran. The bill, were it to pass, could scuttle a signature foreign policy achievement for President Obama. But experts say passage is not likely.

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The Case Against Nukes, Even in Peacetime

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

About 62 percent of Americans think no nation should have a nuclear arsenal—not even the U.S. Globally, the world's nuclear powers have 17,000 weapons combined—a number that's growing. Joe Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund and author of "Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late." In his new book, he argues that the proliferation of nuclear weapons poses a real threat to us all—even in times of safety and peace. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nuclear Weapons and Safety

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser uncovers secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. His new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age:  how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? 

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Trespassing, Vandalism, and Peace Activism in Oak Ridge

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This week, three peace activists go on trial. They're accused of breaking into one of the country's most secure nuclear-weapons facilities. The trio -- an 57-year-old house-painter, a 64-year-old drifter, and an 83-year-old nun -- managed to defy the multi-million dollar security apparatus of the Y-12 nuclear-weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

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Should the U.S. Resume Diplomatic Relations with Iran?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Of all foreign threats, none may be as troublesome to the security of the United States as Iran. But with diplomatic relations between the two countries stalled, former Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns discusses how the Obama administration should approach the government in Tehran.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson, a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, reevaluates the power and purpose of nuclear weapons and calls for radical action. His book Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons argues that the central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, misconceptions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Bomb

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson describes what he calls the five myths about nuclear weapons. Filmmaker Stephen Maing talks about his documentary “High Tech, Low Life,” about two journalists who pursue stories that the official Chinese media doesn’t want to cover. Ann Leary discusses her new comic novel about an alcoholic New England real estate broker and her complicated web of relationships. Plus, Nick Turse on his new history of the Vietnam War and new evidence of the true brutality of the conflict.

The Takeaway

North Korean Rocket Test Falters

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thumbing their nose at weeks of international warnings early this morning, North Korea launched a test rocket early this morning. American officials maintain the communications satellite was cover for North Korean plans to develop a ballistic missile. David Sanger, Chief Washington correspondent for our partner The New York Times, explains what to expect when the UN Security Council meets to discuss a possible response today.

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IAEA: Iran Nuclear Program Has 'Possible Military Dimensions'

Monday, November 07, 2011

The International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.), an independent organization of weapons inspectors that reports to United Nations, has been preparing a summary of its findings over the past few years which asserts Iran's nuclear program has "possible military dimensions." Despite the continuing non-cooperation of Iran's government during inspections, the I.A.E.A.'s report includes evidence of devices used to trigger nuclear weapons and structures that could be used for testing such weapons. Russia and China are currently pressing the I.A.E.A.'s director, Yukia Amano, not to make the details of their findings public. Amano briefed members of the National Security Council 11 days ago, but the Obama administration has refused to comment at this time.

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