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    History of Ellsworth Air Force Base

    John Mollison of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Kim Morey of the South Dakota Air and Space Foundation talked about Ellsworth Air Force Base. Established in 1941 as a training ground for B-17…

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    Manhattan Project Construction Worker CJ Mitchell

    CJ Mitchell recounted his time as a construction worker in Hanford, Washington, beginning in the late 1940s. The site was used for atomic weapons production in World War II and during the Cold War. In…

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    Manhattan Project Engineer Roger Rohrbacher

    Roger Rohrbacher was an instrument engineer for the Manhattan Project’s B Reactor, the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor, in Hanford, Washington. He was responsible for measuring neutron flow…

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    Manhattan Project

    Professor Martin Sherwin talked about the Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and…

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    World War II Veteran Ben Bederson Oral History Interview

    In this National World War II Museum oral history recorded in 2016, Army veteran Ben Bederson talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos and working on the ignition…

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    C-SPAN Cities Tour- The Atomic Bomb

    The C-SPAN Cities Tour explored the American story with a look at the creation and use of the first atomic weapon by the United States on Japan in 1945.

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    Trinity Test 75th Anniversary

    The test of the first nuclear bomb occurred in the desert of New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Known as “Trinity,” its purpose was to assess the effectiveness of a plutonium implosion…

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    Veterans and Nuclear Radiation Exposure

    National World War II Museum oral historian Hannah Dailey talked about “atomic veterans” -- servicemen assigned to nuclear bomb tests and clean-up -- many of whom suffered long-term health…

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    Biden Administration Nuclear Policy Agenda

    The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) held a virtual discussion on the new Biden administration’s nuclear policy agenda. Michele Flournoy, former Defense under secretary for…

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    U.S.-Iran Relations

    This National History Center briefing from Capitol Hill featured a political scientist and a historian who have spent their careers studying American-Iranian relations. In light of current tensions between…

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    August 1945 Universal Newsreel

    This 1945 Universal Newsreel includes stories about the Potsdam Declaration of Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and President Harry Truman, the science behind the atom bomb, and Truman’s…

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    Preserving Manhattan Project History

    Atomic Heritage Foundation founder and president Cynthia Kelly recounted her efforts to preserve a site in Los Alamos, New Mexico, associated with the Manhattan Project’s July 1945 Trinity nuclear test. The…

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    The Spirit of Hiroshima

    This documentary looks at the August 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, through the stories of several survivors. The film also features a young family in Hiroshima, born after…

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    Mark Adams on Truman Bomb Decision Artifacts

    Education director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs, including…

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    Countdown 1945

    Fox News' Chris Wallace provided a history of the lead-up to the bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945. This was a virtual event hosted by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi…

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    Agent Sonya

    Military historian Ben Macintyre recalled the life of Soviet intelligence officer Ursula Bolton, who assumed a false identity in an English village in the years leading up to the Cold War…

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    Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith on Nuclear Modernization

    Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith (D-WA) talked about nuclear modernization and arms control policy at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).…

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    The Apocalypse Factory

    Steve Olson provided a history of the Hanford Nuclear Power Plant that was constructed in eastern Washington State in 1943 and manufactured the plutonium for the bomb that was dropped on…

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    75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

    August 9 marks 75 years since the U.S. dropped a second atomic bomb on Japan, devastating the city of Nagasaki three days after the first attack on Hiroshima. Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s…

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    World War II Veteran Eugene DiSabatino Oral History Interview

    World War II Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talked about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, which included being stationed at Los Alamos and accompanying the second bomb to Japan.…

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