Watch out, astrophobes! Martin "Sword of the Stars" Cirulis joins the Caustic Soda crew as we venture into the final frontier and fight things we find there! We talk about Reagan’s Star Wars plan to put lenses in front of bombs; Lasers on 747s; Maneuvering fighters in zero G; Mutual Assured Destruction; EMP Tests & the Outer Space Treaty; Satellite "accidents"; the shrapnel zone; X-37 unmanned spaceplane PLUS all related pop culture. Music: "Frogstar" by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser uncovers secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. His new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
Did Reagan’s Star Wars Program Win the Cold War? — Putting lasers in space to blast Soviet missiles out of the air was a real part of Ronald Reagan’s defense policy. While his "Star Wars" program was derided at home and abroad, historians are beginning to wonder if it didn’t help win the Cold War.