Using state-of-the-art transfer techniques to turn recently declassified images into vivid, jaw-dropping footage, The Bomb tells a powerful story of the most destructive invention in human history. From the earliest testing stages to its use as the ultimate chess piece in global politics, the program outlines how America developed the bomb, how it changed the world and how it continues to loom large in our lives.
Viewers witness the raw power and strangely compelling beauty of rare and pristine images of above-ground nuclear tests. The documentary includes interviews with historians Richard Rhodes, Martin Sherwin, Robert Norris, Sergei Khrushchev and others, along with men and women who helped build the weapon piece by piece.
Audiences also hear from former Secretary of State George Shultz and Secretary of Defense William Perry, who reveal how the bomb was viewed inside government circles, as well as those who hold firsthand memories of seeing the first mushroom clouds fill the skies.
The Bomb premieres on July 28 at 7 pm on KLRU.
Also timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the first explosion of an atomic bomb and the bombing of Hiroshima, Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail embarks on an epic journey across the globe to explain the fascinating details of uranium’s birth and life.
Born from the collapse of a star, uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction. It has revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare. It is an element that has profoundly shaped the past, will change the future and will exist long after humans have left the Earth.
The first episode of Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail premieres on July 28 at 9 pm on KLRU, while the second episode airs on July 29 at 9 pm.