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70 Years After Trinity Test, The Nuclear Age Inspires Concern -- And Tourism

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

Earlier this week, world powers joined forces to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program. But 70 years ago, the rush to build "the bomb" ushered in...

Why Do We Keep Perpetuating Myths About the Man Called the Father of the Atomic Bomb?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media
Shirley Streshinsky

The New York Times manages to revive the myth of atomic scientist Robert Oppenheimer as a man broken, his career ended by a long-discredited security hearing in the 1950s, in spite of plenty of evidence to the contrary.

The Story That Won't Go Away: The Making of the Atomic Bomb

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 09.30.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

A wave of new books and shows has washed into the summer of 2014, all built around the theme of the greatest secret of World War II: the making of the atomic bomb.

Art Collective Puts Nuclear History In Perspective

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts

One day in 1943, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, known to many as the "father of the atomic bomb," made a mundane request. According to an interoffice mem...

First Nighter: Musicals "Atomic," "The Mapmaker's Opera," "ValueVille"

David Finkle | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Atomic, at the Acorn, is the show that asks the musical question: Once the A-bomb was realized, was it wise to use it? Coming up with an answer requi...

Why Were So Many Women Left on the Edges of History?

Shirley Streshinsky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Books
Shirley Streshinsky

One of the pioneers of psychology, Ruth Tolman, helped develop early treatment for PTSD after World War II, and led the effort to make psychology a science. So why is she remembered best as Richard Tolman's wife and Robert Oppenheimer's best friend?

Interview With Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, Author of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Teddy Wayne | Posted 10.10.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

In his debut book Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb, author and illustrator Jonathan Fetter-Vorm tackles the immense history of the Manhattan Project, the top-secret government effort to build an atomic bomb.

Nuclear Righteousness

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Sixty-seven years ago, the United States ended World War II -- and launched a new era of human existence -- by dropping atomic bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man, on the cities, killing some 220,000 people.

We've Come a Long Way in 50 Years

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

It's been exactly 50 years since John F. Kennedy gave his first State of the Union address, the speech in which he announced an American commitment to...

Eureka! Science Belongs On Stage

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Science is built for the stage. The very act of scientific discovery is one of the most dramatic in the human experience. Dramatic because it changes everything.

Feeling Powerless About Nuclear Weapons? Try "Zero"

Steven Crandell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Crandell

Have you seen the new documentary Countdown to Zero? If not, get thee to a cinema post haste. You will see remarkable footage of one of the most interesting characters of the 20th century, J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Culture Zohn: Doctor Atomic: Opera Goes Nuclear

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Patricia Zohn

2008-10-15-zohnpull.jpg It is with a heavy heart that we leave the theater, knowing all too well its incendiary concerns are still very much with us.