My grandad worked on the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima. Could another man - Leo Szilard - have stopped it?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ignore the naysayers
It's important to hear as much as you can and as many views as you can about nuclear weapons. Most of our history books name it as a fact that America "had to" use nuclear weapons, that more lives would be saved, and that's what you'll hear come through in the other reviews: propaganda and brain washing. It's easy to make counter arguments that don't even have "melodrama" and are based entirely in military strategy as to why the nuclear bomb was wrong. But all of this defeats the point, because the podcast is an exploration of an often ignored perspective of nuclear weapons -- that from the scientists and the development of the ideas to their completion. Listen to this podcast to hear a different perspective. Sometimes it'll appeal to emotions and it'll ignore other perspectives, just like those stories often ignore this one. It's good, it's heartbreaking, it's new.
It’s written as a great narrative, super interesting, engaging, and informative.
Great story told by a bleeding heart liberal
Title pretty much says it all. Great story told by a bleeding heart liberal. The host is the kind of person that if put in charge of a country, that country would be poor or blown to smitherines within ten years because they would be concerned with trying to make things “fair” and “just.” Again, great story but told by a classic bleeding heart liberal who watches from the sidelines and will never comprehend what actually happens within the arena.