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My grandad worked on the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima. Could another man - Leo Szilard - have stopped it?

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My grandad worked on the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima. Could another man - Leo Szilard - have stopped it?

    7 The doomsday clock

    7 The doomsday clock

    The world’s first nuclear bomb drops on the unsuspecting city of Hiroshima. On 7 August 1945, the world is changed forever.
    In this final episode, featuring first-hand accounts of the attack that day, Emily Strasser asks how the bomb changed humanity. Have we really come to terms with it?
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    • 29 min
    6 The first atomic bomb

    6 The first atomic bomb

    Time is running out. As Manhattan Project scientists test the world’s first nuclear bomb, Leo Szilard knows it’s the last chance to stop the US government from dropping the bomb on Japanese civilians. Working with colleagues at Chicago’s Met Lab, Szilard does all he can to alert the US President. But will his message get there in time?
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    • 27 min
    5 Enemy alien

    5 Enemy alien

    The FBI pursues Leo Szilard as he loses control of the project to create a nuclear bomb. With his influence waning, the leaders of the Manhattan Project now threaten his liberty. But as the world’s first nuclear bomb comes within touching distance, Szilard fears it might soon be used on a city in Japan.
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    • 25 min
    4 Pearl Harbour

    4 Pearl Harbour

    An attack on Pearl Harbour changes everything. After a surprise Japanese attack destroys US ships, the US declares war on Japan, and intensifies its efforts to create the first nuclear bomb. Caught in the middle of it all, Leo Szilard starts to lose his grip on the project.
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    • 32 min
    3 The Einstein letter

    3 The Einstein letter

    A vital message must be delivered to US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fearing the Nazis are on the verge of creating the first nuclear bomb, Leo Szilard needs to convince the US Government to take the threat seriously. In his hour of need, he reaches out to an old friend, Albert Einstein.
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    • 22 min
    2 Race to the bomb

    2 Race to the bomb

    It’s a race against time to beat the Nazis to the first nuclear bomb. After his epiphany in London, Leo Szilard must convince the scientific establishment to take the nuclear threat seriously. He turns to Frederick Lindemann, a friend of Winston Churchill.
    Meanwhile, in Germany, two scientists are about to make a discovery that will change the rules of science.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
661 Ratings

661 Ratings

Qerty Bertie ,

Osiris

A brilliantly informative and thought provoking podcast. Of course the hell unleashed on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was horrendous. Perhaps another podcast could speculate on the consequences of not dropping the bomb on these two cities and how things might have panned out in relation to the existence of these weapons over the last 75 years. What seems to me certain is that the world was fortunate that the inevitable development of these weapons started with the great democracies and not with the totalitarian regimes who would have ruthlessly exploited the advantage it would have given them.

MichelleJFinney ,

Compelling

Brilliantly told story of the science and events which preceded the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Every episode is a story in its own right. Beautifully produced. It took my breath away.

Cris.PHD ,

Not only about history

Really enjoyed the podcast! The perspective of the narrator offered us not only facts and her perspective on history but also the psychological impact of family dynamics and heritages.
Every story has a side as every storyteller has values and beliefs that influence the narratives. To tell a story is much more than just reporting facts.
This podcast may report facts and narrate taking sides. But the interesting note is that it shows a woman facing her own past connected with a tragical historical event, trying to make sense out of her family past.

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