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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 • 67 Ratings

A weekly podcast on how we prepared for nuclear war.
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    The Lake of Jade

    The Lake of Jade

    Trinitite, the green glassy substance created by the world's first nuclear detonation.
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    • 21 min
    Purple Fire

    Purple Fire

    The bombing of Nagasaki
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    • 24 min
    Kokura's Luck

    Kokura's Luck

    The flight of Bockscar from Tinian to its rendezvous point, and then onwards to the primary nuclear target: Kokura. Why did the city escape nuclear destruction that day?
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    • 21 min
    A Vixen on a Feather Bed

    A Vixen on a Feather Bed

    The series of 'minor' nuclear experiments in Australia known as Vixens. They were small and sub-critical, but threw contamination over the Maralinga test site.
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    • 26 min
    Four Minutes of Threads, Part XII

    Four Minutes of Threads, Part XII

    Another four minutes of the greatest nuclear war film. In this week's segment, the bomb drops. Attack Warning Red!
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    • 37 min
    Willy Wonka's Nuclear Factories

    Willy Wonka's Nuclear Factories

    What sweet treats lay within Britain's buffer depots?
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 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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