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
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.
Can You Test a Nuclear Weapon Without Fallout? — Over the course of human existence, thousands of nuclear weapons have been exploded on Earth and in space. With all of those tests, one can’t help but wonder how much fallout has been produced. Learn the tricks of the nuke-testing trade in this episode.