Nukes of Hazard Podcast

The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation has launched a podcast – Nukes of Hazard. It’s a 15-minute bi-weekly roundup of the most important nuclear news and some lesser known stories on weapons of mass destruction history. 

Decertifying Without Cause

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Citing no substantive evidence, President Trump announced that he would not certify the Iran nuclear agreement, setting up a 60-day window for Congress to potentially re-impose nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. This episode dives into why Congress should do what it does best — nothing — with Tess Bridgeman, a former Deputy Legal Adviser to the National Security Council (NSC).

Cooperative Threat Reduction or: How I Stopped Worrying and Got Rid of the Bomb

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When the Cold War ended, four separate countries suddenly inherited the former Soviet nuclear arsenal. Destroying and removing those weapons was a herculean effort, and it couldn’t have been done without the bipartisan leadership of two U.S. Senators. We tell the story with Senators Nunn and Lugar, as well as former Assistant Secretary of Defense Andrew Weber.

The Once and Future Framework

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In 1994, the United States negotiated an agreement with North Korea that curbed its nuclear ambitions for eight years. The collapse of the agreement offers lessons for diplomatic efforts today. Amidst heated rhetoric between President Trump and North Korean leadership, this episode dives into the agreement with North Korea experts Jon Wolfsthal, Joel Wit, and Ambassador Robert Gallucci.

Trinity: The First Nuclear Test

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Contrary to popular belief, the first nuclear explosion in human history took place not in Japan, but in New Mexico. This episode dives into that test and explains why Congress is threatening progress made on nuclear arms control.

The Iran Deal Two-Year Anniversary 

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It’s been two years since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal — was signed. We speak to Ambassador Wendy Sherman, the lead United States negotiator of the agreement, and Richard Nephew, the lead American sanctions expert during the negotiations. Ambassador Sherman and Mr. Nephew discuss the merits of the agreement and the consequences of a U.S. withdrawal from it.

The Cloud of Nuclear Winter 

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In 1961, the Soviet Union tested the largest nuclear weapon in history. At about 3,800 times more powerful than the bombs used against Japan, the effects were unimaginable. This episode dives into this, and other harrowing stories of nuclear testing. The episode also includes an interview with Dr. Michael Mills, a scientific expert on the catastrophic consequences of a nuclear war — known as nuclear winter.

The Day After a Nuclear War 

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In 1983, a movie was released about nuclear war that shocked 100 million Americans. This episode dives into the movie and how it impacted President Reagan to change his views on nuclear weapons policy. Washington Post Reporter Dan Zak is also interviewed about his book “Almighty,” which profiles nuclear activists and covers the history of U.S. nuclear weapons.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

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It was one of the tensest moments in American history. The discovery of Soviet nuclear missile infrastructure in Cuba set off a chain of events that could have exploded into nuclear war at any moment. This episode dives into the details and also covers the latest national missile defense test with Center expert Philip Coyle.

Congressman Ted Lieu on Nuclear First-Strike

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One single person has the sole authority to launch U.S. nuclear weapons: The President of the United States. We spoke with Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) about his bill that would limit presidential nuclear authority. Our analysts also discuss the latest North Korean ballistic missile test that could have struck U.S. territory.

Syria’s Chemical Weapons With Mallory Stewart

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In this episode, former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Mallory Stewart talks about Syria’s chemical weapons program and the steps the U.S. government have taken to deter future chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime.

MacArthur’s Almost Nuclear War

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During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur requested permission to use more than 30 nuclear weapons. This episode dives into the story and takes you inside modern day North Korea with MIT expert Dr. Jim Walsh.

Goldsboro and the Nuclear News

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In 1961, a nuclear bomb almost detonated over North Carolina. The first episode, Goldsboro and the Nuclear News explains how a nuclear catastrophe was barely avoided, and brings you up to date on two key nuclear news stories in North Korea and Iran.