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A weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war.
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Atomic Hobo - Nuclear War Podcast Julie McDowall

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A weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war.
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    The FINAL Four Minutes of Threads

    The FINAL Four Minutes of Threads

    The final Four Minutes of Threads episode!
    I have also put every Four Minutes episode together, minus all the intros and outros, into one gigantic podcast episode. It is 12 hours' long! Twelve Hours of Threads. Twelve hours! No intros. No outros. No ads. Just edited down to the pure essence of THREADS for twelve long hours.
    This is available for members NOW on Patreon as a bonus podcast episode at www.patreon.com/atomichobo
    Or you can buy it as a one-off monster episode on my website www.juliemcdowall.com. Pay whatever you like. Consider it a tip or a "Cheers, Julie!" if you've enjoyed this series.
    Thank you,
    Julie

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    • 48 min
    The Doomies Go To Washington

    The Doomies Go To Washington

    The 1981 conference of the American Civil Defense Association, featuring discussion of pancake batter, Kansas City, Minutemen, and The Twilight Zone
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    • 38 min
    The Committee on the Present Danger

    The Committee on the Present Danger

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    • 41 min
    Sweden - Part 5

    Sweden - Part 5

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    • 38 min
    Sweden - Part 4

    Sweden - Part 4

    The second half of Sweden's 1961 civil defence booklet, covering evacuation, letters home, luggage, baths and plastic sheeting.
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    • 45 min
    Sweden - Part 3

    Sweden - Part 3

    The 1961 version of the Swedish civil defence booklet has been translated for me by two kind listeners. Let's explore it, comparing it to the British booklet of the same era.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
288 Ratings

288 Ratings

I eat cakes ,

A must for all Military history fans

I’ve always been interested in the history of the cold war, particularly the nuclear element if it. A twitter friend recommended this podcast to me a couple of years ago and I’ve listened to every single one. The way McDowell narrates is like a story intertwined in a history book, she’s funny, factual and has a way of making words come alive in your mind. She was a way of dealing with macabre subjects in a factual tone, thought provoking, yet dignified. Anyone interested in the cold war or nuclear war would be well advised to add to this list, and this is coming from someone who’d listened to a single podcast from anyone before. You will not be disappointed.

Graham@ ,

Union Jack

Thanks for the update for this subject.

Well told as usual, though I believe the breakthrough noted was included in the 1940 ‘Tizard Mission’ a crate of essentially the country’s most sensitive technology, intended to pull the still neutral US closer in with cooperation, to allow the mass production of them and away from enemy bombing.

Including the cavity magnetron, an important radar development, areas where the US was active too but the UK also had made progress, this was where the breakthrough in atomic science you mentioned was essentially given to the US, plus areas where the US was then nowhere, jet engines.

The Quebec Agreement had a clause where both the US President and British Prime Minister would have to give final permission to use the weapon on an enemy.
Truman stuck to that with the bombings of Japan, making Churchill the first and hopefully only PM to authorize nuclear release.

Bevin, one of my political heroes, would go on to be the leading figure in persuading the US to do something unique in their history, agree to a binding security agreement which formed the basis of NATO in 1949.
Despite what many think, it was not the US corralling Europe to form NATO, the pressure came from the other side of the Atlantic.

Thanks again for all your great content.

Mostyn4146 ,

Very informative

Love these podcasts. Gradually working my way through them. Each has an enthusiasm and wit that keeps me enthralled and educated about the horror of nuclear catastrophe that has lurked in the background threatening the very existence of our society for decades. Great work Julie

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