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Hans Kristensen of the Federation of American Scientists in conversation with Joe Cirincione. Early Warning with Leon Ratz of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

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Release Date: 09/10/2019

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Rose Gottemoeller, former Deputy Secretary General of NATO, joins Press the Button, describes her experience negotiating the New START Treaty during the Obama administration, and what the recent summit between President Joe Biden and President Vladimir Putin means for the future of arms control. Early Warning features co-host Tom Collina and Sharon K. Weiner of American University on their testimonies during last week's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on US nuclear policy. 

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Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico and current member of The Elders, joins Press the Button for an exclusive interview on The Elders' efforts to reduce and eliminate nuclear threats, and why the nuclear issue is so important 75 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Early Warning features Sharon Weiner on the Biden administration's decision to propose full funding for new nuclear modernization programs. John Carl Baker answers a question on fallout shelters.

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Academy Award-winning director Bryan Fogel discusses his latest film The Dissident, a documentary chronicling the life and work of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist who was murdered by agents of the Saudi government. Fogel speaks with Farshad Farahat on the making of and reaction to the film. Early Warning features Kingston Reif on the Biden administration's current plans to pursue nuclear modernization, which is estimated to cost $634 billion over the next ten years.

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Alex Wellerstein, historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, joins Press the Button for a discussion on the history of secrecy behind US development of nuclear weapons, and how that secrecy has impacted discussion on nuclear weapons today. Early Warning features Suhad Babaa of Just Vision and Mairav Zonszein of International Crisis Group on the recent ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, and what needs to happen to prevent future escalation.

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Rep. Katie Porter joins Press the Button for a conversation on the wasteful spending on US nuclear weapons programs, restricting first use of nuclear weapons, the legacy of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, and why Congress must reassert its authority to declare war. Early Warning features Laicie Heeley and Doreen Horschig on Israel's position toward the Iran deal in light of the Vienna talks and violence in Gaza, as well as what the future of work looks like in the national security sector.

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Joby Warrick, award-winning author and national security correspondent for the Washington Post, joins Press the Button to discuss efforts to dismantle Syrian chemical weapons and hold the Syrian government accountable for its use of chemical weapons on the battlefield. Early Warning features Jessica Lee on the Biden administration's recently released review of US policy toward North Korea, and what it means for efforts to contain its nuclear program. Karim Kamel features as guest announcer.

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Dr. David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute at USC, joins Press the Button for a discussion on how the Biden administration should approach North Korea in the wake of decades of failed policy from previous administrations and how hawkish views on China in the US government have led to increased violence against Asian Americans. A special Early Warning focuses on the lack of diversity and perspectives during last week's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on nuclear weapons.

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Elizabeth Becker, journalist, author and former war correspondent for the Washington Post in Cambodia, joins Press the Button to discuss how three women journalists covering the Vietnam War changed the way the news media reports on war. Becker is the author of You Don't Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War. Early Warning features Allen Hester and Diana Ohlbaum on the re-introduction of a No First Use bill in Congress, and the effects of the proposed Pentagon budget on communities of color.

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Kelsey Davenport of the Arms Control Association joins Press the Button to discuss Iran's plans to enrich uranium up to 60% following an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, and what that means for efforts to save the Iran nuclear agreement. Early Warning features Adam Weinstein of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft on the implications of President Biden's decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan nearly 20 years after the initial invasion.

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Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), joins Joe Cirincione to discuss Chinese and Russian nuclear modernization plans, and the state of nuclear arsenals around the world. Leon Ratz, a senior program officer with the Nuclear Threat Initiative's Materials Risk Management program, joins Early Warning to discuss Iran's latest announcement about its nuclear program, Russia's plans to produce new cruise missiles, and Congress's return to Washington. Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover answer a question from Gerrard on how citizens can influence their leaders to support nuclear weapons prohibition.

Hans Kristensen on China's nuclear strategy: https://chinapower.csis.org/podcasts/chinas-nuclear-strategy-and-capabilities/

FAS Nuclear Notebook: https://fas.org/issues/nuclear-weapons/nuclear-notebook/

The Nuclear Notebook on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: https://thebulletin.org/nuclear-notebook/