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The Other Side of Oppenheimer

America Dissected

Incision Media LLC

Politics, News, Society & Culture

4.74.4K Ratings

🗓️ 16 April 2024

⏱️ 48 minutes

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Last summer’s blockbuster “Oppenheimer” took home best picture for a stirring portrayal of the man behind the world’s most dangerous weapon. But there’s a part the story left out: the devastation wrought by nuclear weapons testing on communities here in the US. Abdul reflects on the broader fallout of producing weapons of war. Then he talks to Tina Cordova, co-founder and Executive Director of the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, and Dr. Chanese Forté, a scientist with the Global Security Program of the Union of Concerned Scientists about the testing fallout — and what it spells for the future.

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I'm your host, Dr. Abdul Alseo. All right, spoiler alert. If you haven't seen Oppenheimer, fast forward 15 seconds now.


But it ends with a scene of Oppenheimer imagining the nuclear Armageddon, his weapons will set loose on the world.


The scene is chilling because it's both real and not real at the same time.


After all, we have yet to die in a nuclear apocalypse, not yet at least.


But say that to the descendants of the 226,000 people who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,


many of whom still live with the long-term consequences of the radiation unleashed by those blasts.


But those are just the victims we pay attention to, the ones whose existence was destroyed or forever


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