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Announcement: Nuclear Bodies to be Published by Yale University Press in 2022

After years of research and writing, I am happy to report that I sent off the final manuscript for my next book, Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha to the publisher a few weeks ago.The book will be published by Yale University Press in February 2022. You can follow news about the book on its Twitter account here. Future blog posts here will present more of the books contents. I can't wait to see what the cover will look

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How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible: Video

I was honored to be invited to give a lecture in the "Night with the Experts" series of the Nuclear Education Information Services (NEIS) group based in Chicago (my hometown). The title of my talk is, "How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible." There are several parts to the lecture:-The effects of nuclear weapons-How internal and external exposures to radiation are experienced differently and affect people differently-External exposures affect our whole bodies-Internal

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Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated, video of online lecture

On October 28, 2020, I presented an online lecture at Whitman College in their 2020 series on the academic theme of Race, Violence, and Health. The lecture was titled "Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated." In the talk I survey the selection of atmospheric nuclear test sites by the first five nuclear weapon states. These test sites were invariably located nearby to populations that lacked the political ability to stop the effort. Often these sites were in colonial or postcolonial

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Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated (online lecture)

I will be presenting a lecture online on October 28 (US) / October 29 (Japan & Europe) that you can join via Zoom. The lecture will be hosted by Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where I am teaching an online course, "Radioactive Waste and Wasted Bodies: The Colonial and Racial Legacies of the Nuclear World." The online lecture is titled, "Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated." Here is the abstract:"There have been over 2,000 nuclear weapon tests since 1945. These tests have

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Listen: August 6, 2020 at the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima at 8:15 am

Every year I go to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park on the morning of August 6. This year was disrupted by COVID-19, as everything is. The ceremony was reduced. But, I always spend the morning by the A-bomb Dome, which is technically outside of the park, and was still open to the public this year. At the Dome, there are always a lot of political protesters, antinuclear weapon, antinuclear power, and increasingly right-wing pro-nuclear weapon advocates. There is always a group of Buddhist monks

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The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled

Along with Ran Zwigenberg, I published this article on Counterpunch on August 6, 2020. The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be ToppledIn August 1945, the United States attacked two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons in the last days of World War Two. The US used weapons of mass destruction against a primarily civilian population, instantly killing over 100,000 human beings, with tens of thousands of wounded and irradiated people who would die in the subsequent months and

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August 6 Interviews

I did a number of interviews on August 6. There was connectivity issues on some of them. It was also interesting that while most years on August 6 I am asked about Hiroshima issues, this year I was asked about more about nuclear testing and Global Hibakusha issues.Here are links to several of them.On Al Jazeera English:On  BBC World Service:On BBC One:On Euronews:<span class="fr-marker" data-id="0" data-type="true" style="display: none; line-height:

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Livestream: ZERO Project 2020 Digital Roundtable August 7 / 8

There will be an amazing online event on Friday evening August 7 (USA times) and Saturday morning August 8 (Japan time). The event is sponsored by the Zero Project and includes music by DJ Spooky and numerous speaker and breakout session digital events. I will take part in a digital roundtable in dialogue with DJ Spooky,  Ryo Oshiba (President of the Hiroshima Peace Institute), and artist Cannon Hersey. The digital roundtable will be in English with Japanese subtitles. DJ Spooky will also

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Nuclear Reality 75 years after Hiroshima-Nagasaki | Bo Jacobs #ssl72

I had a great chat with Joy Walsh on Tuesday August 4 here in Hiroshima on her Inbound Ambassador livestream series. Joy has a series of talks on sustainability issues, and especially as they relate to Japan. She has a very insightful conversation with a wide range of people every weekday at 9 am Japan time. I love talking to Joy, and this conversation still felt special. We covered a broad range of topics from the 75th anniversary of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima & Nagasaki, the various

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