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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.