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Hollywood and the Bomb

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Release Date: 12/10/2019

Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World show art Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World

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A special edition of Press the Button's "In the Silo" series features Lesley M. M. Blume, award-winning journalist and author of the new book "Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World." Blume explores the impact and importance of "Hiroshima," a 1946 article by journalist John Hersey exploring how six survivors experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, and its aftermath.

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A special episode of Press the Button features Sunny Dooley, a Najavo storyteller who collects, learns and retells the oral tradition of the Diné Hozhojii Hané (Navajo Blessingway stories). She discusses the impact of nuclear weapons on her community and the world at large, 75 years after the Trinity test and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Carol Giacomo, former member of the New York Times Editorial Board and Reuters diplomatic correspondent, joins Press the Button to discuss how an editorial board operates, and her journey from reporting on foreign and defense issues to writing policy proposals in favor of better national security and nuclear policy. Early Warning features features a discussion on nuclear details in the recently released Democratic Party platform and ongoing battles over what the US government budget should prioritize.

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Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ, joins Press the Button to discuss prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula 70 years after the start of the Korean War, and why a policy rooted in smart, credible diplomacy with North Korea is critical in efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear war. Early Warning features co-host Tom Collina and Ariane Tabatabai discussing the state of the Iran nuclear agreement 5 years after its implementation. Press the Button remembers Bruce Blair, who unexpectedly passed away today.

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Alex Wellerstein, historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology and creator of NUKEMAP, returns to Press the Button for a discussion on the history and myths about nuclear weapons on the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, the world's first nuclear explosion. Early Warning features Tom Collina and progressive foreign policy strategist Elizabeth Beavers discussing the long-overdue national debate over federal budget priorities, and congressional efforts to reduce Pentagon spending.

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Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and Ploughshares Fund policy director Tom Collina join Press the Button to discuss how US nuclear policy, largely set during the Cold War, is outdated, obsolete, and dangerous. Perry and Collina cover this topic in their new book "The Button: The New Nuclear Arms Race and Presidential Power From Truman to Trump." Early Warning features Erica Fein and Anthony Wier discussing efforts to reduce the bloated US defense budget.

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A special episode of Press the Button features outgoing co-host and Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione's final appearance on the podcast (for now). He talks with co-host Michelle Dover on the state of the national security and nuclear policy field, and why he feels optimistic about the prospect of a safer, more secure world.

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Steve Benen, producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, joins Press the Button to discuss his new book, "The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics," in which he argues that the GOP has become a "post-policy" party. Early Warning features Matt Korda and Luke Schleusener on the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, and an emerging congressional fight over the resumption of nuclear testing.

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Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, founder and president of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), joins Press the Button for a discussion on her work and why the current moment only underscores the need for systemic change. Ambassador Jenkins recently joined the Ploughshares Fund board of directors. Early Warning features Camille Stewart and John Carl Baker on the ongoing protests against police brutality and the deterioration of inter-Korea relations.

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David Corn, chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones and MSNBC contributor, joins Press the Button for an in-depth look at the four big crises facing the US: the COVID-19 pandemic, economic collapse, corrupt government, and police violence. Early Warning features Akshai Vikram and Neda Shaheen on the nationwide protests against police brutality initiated by the killing of George Floyd, and how the militarization of US national security resulted in the militarization of US police departments.

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Kate Folb, director of Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S), joins co-host Joe Cirincione to discuss HH&S's work linking screenwriters with the top experts on health, safety, and national security. Last year, Kate helped connect Joe with the producers of “Madam Secretary,” the hit CBS political drama, to walk the showrunners through what would happen if the White House believed the United States was under nuclear attack. Hollywood, Health & Society is a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center. Early Warning features Ploughshares Fund's Senior Program Officer/Nuclear Field Coordinator John Carl Baker and Gabrielle Tarini of RAND Corporation. Joe answers a question from Sean.