17 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 30 Ratings

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.

    S2.6 Camp Y

    S2.6 Camp Y

    Lives on the line. The Fuchs family is drawn into the espionage as the atomic bomb project takes a deadly turn. Klaus is at the covert Manhattan Project laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. In this desert terrain, he has lost contact with the Soviets. As the countdown to detonation begins, there's only one person who can be trusted. #thebomb

    • 38 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Kelvin Watt ,

Wonderful

Fascinating

Gagu M. ,

Thoughtful. Poignant. Amazing.

A thoughtful telling of a significant moment in the history of mankind. What made it particularly poignant for me; was the point of view of the grand-daughter of the weapon’s developer.

lex flex 333 ,

Interesting

An interesting expose on the personalities behind the development of the bomb. Unfortunately the narrator has very strong idealogical views which are distracting, especially since she only explains her side of the argument. Otherwsie an interesting listen

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