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An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Michelle Dover and Tom Collina of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

Have a question about nuclear issues that you’d like to hear answered on the podcast? Email us at pressthebutton@ploughshares.org.

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An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Michelle Dover and Tom Collina of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

Have a question about nuclear issues that you’d like to hear answered on the podcast? Email us at pressthebutton@ploughshares.org.

    One Year Into the Ban Treaty

    One Year Into the Ban Treaty

    It’s the first anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and to celebrate, co-host Michelle Dover sits down with Ambassador Elayne Whyte, former Costa Rican representative to the UN in Geneva, where she presided over the 2017 conference that negotiated and adopted the TPNW. On this special episode, she reflects on the treaty and discusses the path forward.

    • 26 min
    Expanding the Nuclear Discourse

    Expanding the Nuclear Discourse

    This week, Emma Belcher sits down with Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Director of the Oslo Nuclear Project. She discusses efforts to roll back nuclear programs in Iraq & Iran, and US-centric biases when it comes to nuclear weapons policy.
    On Early Warning, Michelle Dover is joined by Melissa Hanham, an affiliate of Stanford Center for International Security & Cooperation. Hanham discusses recent North Korean missile test and whether sanctions play a role in preventing nuclear proliferation.

    • 32 min
    Space Junk

    Space Junk

    In this special bonus episode, co-host Tom Collina sits down with Dr. Lisa Ruth Rand, Assistant Professor of History at CalTech. She discusses ASATs, space junk, our dependence on satellites, and what all that means for the possibility of space warfare.

    • 15 min
    Nuclear Intersections

    Nuclear Intersections

    Talk isn’t cheap and this week’s guest tells us why. Co-host Michelle Dover is joined by Mari Faines, Director of Communications & Outreach at PSR. She discusses what intersectionality means for the nuclear field and how we can make it happen.
    On Early Warning, Dover takes double duty as co-host and sits down with Gaukhar Mukhatzhanova, Director of IONP at the Vienna Center for Disarmament & Nonproliferation. She discusses the 3rd postponement of the NPT conference & the unrest in Kazakhstan.

    • 36 min
    The Proliferation of Disinformation

    The Proliferation of Disinformation

    It’s the first episode of 2022!

    Ploughshares Fund President Emma Belcher is joined by John Scott-Railton, a senior researcher at the University of Toronto Citizen Lab where he researches malware, phishing, and disinformation. He discusses the mounting issue of targeted disinformation campaigns being used to shape environments of policymakers and other influential people.

    • 24 min
    2021 Year in Review

    2021 Year in Review

    It’s the last episode of 2021! On this special episode, co-hosts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover are joined by Ploughshares President Emma Belcher. They identify what nuclear news and events stood out for them from the past year and those they are anticipating in the new year.
    What nuclear news caught your eye this year?

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

lilmonimoni ,

Black Lives Matter

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Countdown to Armageddon

Apart from climate change, there is no greater existential threat than the use of nuclear weapons. Press The Button is a weekly deep dive with leading experts about the nature of the nuclear threat and what scholars, lawmakers, think tanks, governments and civic organisations are doing to (hopefully) reduce the threat. Organized by the Ploughshares Fund, Press The Button sometimes feels too close to the Beltway, but its heart is in the right place. I eagerly await each episode, and gain knowledge and enlightenment from each. Thank you to the producers!

DaveHochh ,

Not really a national security podcast

This is coming from a center left person here, but this is really a political pod about the big grab bag liberal wishlist of policies, with a patina of foreign policy. It’s not a nuclear / foreign policy pod.

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