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The spy who changed history and a great-aunt's double life. In season one we met the scientist who might have stopped the atomic bomb. In season two we meet the man who stole it.

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The spy who changed history and a great-aunt's double life. In season one we met the scientist who might have stopped the atomic bomb. In season two we meet the man who stole it.

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    S2.5 An irreversible reaction

    S2.5 An irreversible reaction

    A double life gets more dangerous. Fuchs joins America's bomb project and the race with Russia is on. But as the nuclear mission ramps up, security tightens too. Now at the heart of the mission, his skills in science and espionage are tested to the limit. #thebomb

    • 28 min
    S2.4 A stable bond

    S2.4 A stable bond

    The spy meets his spymaster - presenter Rosa Ellis' great-aunt Ursula. She's a housewife and mother living in the English countryside. And she also works for the Soviets. Fuchs and Ursula have a secret list of information that Russia urgently needs to win the nuclear race. Together, they could be the most dangerous spies on the planet. #thebomb

    • 37 min
    S2.3 Unstable elements

    S2.3 Unstable elements

    The fate of the world is decided: Klaus Fuchs joins a top-secret atomic mission. The race to build the bomb is on. In Birmingham, England, Klaus Fuchs is working on “TUBE ALLOYS” – the codename for the British atomic bomb project. But at the same time, he’s slipping secrets to the Soviets. Host Rosa Ellis finds out how he did it. #thebomb

    • 31 min
    S2.2 A split life

    S2.2 A split life

    The world’s most dangerous spy? A young scientist’s journey into espionage. From a German pacifist family to a Soviet spy ring. Physicist Klaus Fuchs flees Nazi rule for England and joins the race to develop an atomic bomb – whoever gets there first wins the war. Presenter Rosa Ellis discovers how Fuchs’ double life begins. #thebomb

    This podcast has been edited for accuracy. Audio was updated on 20th July 2022.

    • 40 min
    S2.1 A grave matter

    S2.1 A grave matter

    The man who stole the atomic bomb. And why he did it. Klaus Fuchs was a talented scientist - but he was also a Soviet spy. He worked on the British American atomic bomb project, whilst handing nuclear secrets to the Russians. Host Rosa Ellis uncovers the double lives of Klaus Fuchs and her great-aunt Ursula. #thebomb

    • 20 min
    Bonus: The sound design

    Bonus: The sound design

    What does the inside of an atom sound like? Meet our sound designer for Season 2. How Tim Nielsen is using cinematic design. He says he draws inspiration from the human heartbeat. Season 2 begins on 9 July 2022.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
755 Ratings

755 Ratings

Tucky08 ,

The Bomb is the bomb

Fascinating! Very well done and riveting. Highly recommend

Dr. Leonardo Noto ,

A great show!

My grandfather, Major General Charles C. Noble, was also an important figure in The Manhattan Project (primarily in the years immediately following the war). He also played an integral role in the standing-up of NATO and in the development of tactical nuclear weapons. It is fascinating to hear from the family members of people who were often working on the other side of the coin, so to speak. Great show! I highly recommend it!!!

Rikkir P ,

The bomb

Absolutely riveting!!!
The fact that the presenters have close family ties to the intrigue adds a special dimension.
I learned so very much about this dark part of history. The Manhattan Project has been of interest to me for many years. This podcast pulls back curtains that I never heard about.
Many thanks for your hard work!!
Rik Prechtl

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