U.S. Nuclear Weapons, Past and Future (1:08PM) During the Cold War, atomic bombs fell out of the sky over North Carolina. A missile tipped with a hydrogen bomb blew up in Arkansas. Most Americans never knew about 700 “significant” incidents that could have produced historic catastrophes—here in the US. We talk with investigative reporter Eric Schlosser, who spent 5 years searching declassified documents to discover how often dumb luck made the difference.
Two men involved in the Damascus incident were interviewed for the program “Unfictional,” produced and broadcast here at KCRW radio in Santa Monica. The first voice is that of Greg Devlin, a Titan II liquid fuel systems maintenance specialist. The next is Ronald Gray, who was in charge of quality control at McConnell Air Force base and asked to investigate two days after the Damascus explosion.
Go here to hear the full story of "The Missileers" by KCRW’s Unfictional.
Guests: Eric Schlosser: Correspondent, The Atlantic Monthly Steven Pifer: Director, Brookings Institution’s Arms Control Initiative, @steven_pifer TODAY’S TALKING POINT
The Shutdown was Months in the Making (1:40PM)