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My interview for the Atomic Heritage Foundation

Cindy Kelly, the founder of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, visited to Hiroshima, Nagasaki and other cities in Japan earlier this year. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Cindy and having a long chat at Kissui, the kaiseki restaurant in the Sunroute Hotel in Hiroshima, overlooking the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park. Here is the interview:The interview is up on the AHF webpage and includes a transcript. You can find it here. Here I am with Cindy across from the Peace

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The Birth of Nuclear Power in the Manhattan Project: CP-1 and Hanford

Nuclear power plants were developed as part of a large project working to kill human beings. They were born violent. Whatever one thinks of nuclear power, their origins were not beneficent. This talk examines that history.Lecture delivered at the Hiroshima Peace Institute on 11 January 2019, introducing framing mechanisms for my upcoming journal article.Note: misstatement that PU-239 comes from U-235 rather than

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Bringing a Gameboy to a Total War

So often we hear, quite accurately, that the Democratic Party in the United States brings a “knife to a gun fight” in its political battles with the rival Republican Party. As an American, in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh nightmare, I want to remind everyone that these very same people—who proclaim that a man who is clearly in a rage tornado with no tangible compassion for the pain of others to be a paragon of decency and the real victim—are the people we have to rely on to soberly and

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Podcast interview about the book "Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the Post-Cold War"

Earlier this year I published a co-edited book with Nico Taylor on nuclear humanities in the post-Cold War world, with Routledge Press. The book argues that nuclear scholarship has shifted in the post-Cold War era and is, in many ways, freed from its earlier sense that it should somehow contribute to waking people up to the threat of nuclear war, and help save the world. A tall order for academics in any field. We argue that the end of the Cold War has liberated nuclear scholarship to re-assess

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Hi-Roshimon: What We See When We Look at Hiroshima

What we see when we look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki depends on who we are, and where we are gazing from.,Some people see a humane use of a weapon of mass destruction whose use "ended the war" and "saved lives." Some people see a place of sorrow and mourning. For those who live here, we see home, work, friends, we see the same normal place anyone sees when they go about their day.Recently I published a book chapter on this topic in the wonderful book The unfinished atomic bomb: Shadows and

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Imagining a Nuclear World War Two in Europe: Preparing US Troops for the Battlefield Use of Nuclear Weapons

I have a new article on this in print, you can read it here.In the 1950s the US Army prepared troops to participate in a nuclear war against the Soviet Union in Europe. While the Strategic Air Command had elaborate plans to attack the Soviet Union and its assets with large nuclear weapons, the Army had only tactical nuclear weapons. It anticipated fighting the Soviet Union in battles fought very much like those of World War Two, simply with the larger, nuclear weapons added to its arsenal.To

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The United States Stored Nuclear Weapons on a Boat Anchored Just Off the Iwakuni Base in Japan for Decades

One of the biggest bombshells in the Daniel Elsberg's new book, The Doomsday Machine, was that the U.S. stored significant numbers of nuclear weapons on a ship anchored off the coast of Japan near the Iwakuni Base for decades.“However, in early 1960 I was told in great secrecy by a nuclear control officer in the Pacific that one small Marine air base at Iwakuni in Japan had a secret arrangement whereby its handful of planes with general war missions would get their nuclear weapons very quickly

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