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A weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war.
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Atomic Hobo Julie McDowall

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    • 4.9 • 65 Ratings

A weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war.
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    Sound An Alarm

    Sound An Alarm

    The 1971 film 'Sound An Alarm', looking at the work of the UKWMO.
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    • 26 min
    Four Minutes of Threads, Part XI

    Four Minutes of Threads, Part XI

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    • 30 min
    The NHS and Nuclear War

    The NHS and Nuclear War

    Another short extract from the book about the health service's plans for nuclear war.
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    • 18 min
    Royal Observer Corps

    Royal Observer Corps

    A short extract from my upcoming book. I explore an ROC Monitoring Post and describe the work of the Corps during the Blitz and the Cold War.
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    • 24 min
    Interview with Rita May (Mrs Kemp in THREADS)

    Interview with Rita May (Mrs Kemp in THREADS)

    I spoke to the wonderful Rita May about her memories of THREADS.
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    • 19 min
    Short extract from the book...

    Short extract from the book...

    I read two pages from the Civil Defence Corps chapter of my book.
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Gunnut81 ,

Thoroughly enjoy this podcast

Julie does a great job with this show & keeps it very interesting & informative. It is nice that this podcast covers a lot of things that just aren’t that talked about when it comes to the Cold War & nuclear war in general. The only thing I can somewhat disagree with Julie on is the movies “The Day After” & “Threads” both are amazing films & it’s probably just because I am American but I prefer The Day After, however Threads is more horrifying & also a great piece of art as well as a piece of cinematic history we can’t forget about. I could imagine how fun it would be to actually sit down & discuss those movies with her seeing as how we are both very alike when it comes to the interest in nuclear weapons & their history & purposes. I have been not as much scared but fascinated by them for years after a very vivid & scary dream about nuclear war that made me decide to study the subject and peaked my interest & this podcast helps me get my fix.

Gman Brad ,

My newest favorite!

I watched Threads again and afterwards my search for more information about it led me to this wonderful podcast. The host is an very charming young lady with a great accent who takes a deep dive into all aspects of nuclear war. Her research is meticulous without ever being boring or preachy. Give it a try - you won’t be sorry!

ineffffableme ,

One of the best podcasts out there!

Riveting! The host makes an extremely difficult topic (difficult bc of complexity and emotional component) accessible and fascinating. Extraordinarily well researched. This is a real gem

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