History

The Bomb

A powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests.

The Bomb

1h 54m

A powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests.

Episodes

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    The Bomb

    1h 54m

    A powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history, outlining how America developed the nuclear bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives. Witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare views of above-ground nuclear tests.

Extras + Features

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    Public Dialogue and Atomic Culture

    5m 27s

    In 1946, fear and faith in science collide. For the first time, Americans begin to learn more about the bomb. One in-depth essay about the experiences of the people in Hiroshima creates a sensation and has enormous impact, causing many to rethink nuclear weapons. At the same time, the new Atomic Age is promising miraculous progress in all areas of life, thanks to the wonders of the atom.

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    Secret Cities

    5m 37s

    To create the bomb, a vast industrial complex is built with cities appearing out of nowhere. Thousands of workers are recruited, but are told only enough to do their own job, nothing more. Yet despite the urgency of the crisis, a huge pool of potential talent is virtually ignored. Women are typists and secretaries, and run schools and libraries. But scarcely any scientists or engineers are women.

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    Preview

    40s

    No less than the discovery of fire, the bomb marks a dividing line in human history between all that came before it, and everything that follows. For the first time, humans acquired the ability to destroy themselves, and we are still struggling to learn how to live with this awesome power.

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    The Cuban Missile Crisis

    5m 21s

    See how a power play by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev backfired, sparking a dangerous confrontation with the U.S. — the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over fifty years later, we still don’t know everything about what happened; many Soviet records are still secret. But this much is clear: October 1962 was the closest the world has ever come to thermonuclear war.

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