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Nuclear Ambitions and Double Standards


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Hiroshima blast, August 6. 1945.  Source:

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Humankind has lived with the specter of nuclear war for more than 60 years. Despite the end of the Cold War, tens of thousands of nuclear weapons still threaten our entire existence, and some say the danger a nuclear conflict has never been greater than it is today.

On this edition, we’ll look at the recent nuclear power deal between the United States and India, which critics say could spark a nuclear arms race in South Asia. We’ll hear from top scientists who are speaking out against the Bush administration’s policy on using nuclear weapons, and find out what the mainstream media is saying about a run-up to a possible US attack on Iran.


Paul Kerr, blogger and nuclear non-proliferation analyst, Arms Control Association; David Krieger, president, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Arjun Makhijani, president, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research; Steve Scully, senior executive producer and political editor, C-SPAN; Jim Cox, foreign desk editor, USA Today; Michael Moran, editor, Council on Foreign Relations; Jay Carney, Washington bureau managing editor, Time Magazine; Jorge Hirsch, professor of physics, University of California at San Diego; Ellen Zweibel, professor of astronomy and physics, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Frank Wilczek, professor of physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics; Ravi Prakash Rau, theoretical physicist, Louisiana State University; Joel Lebowitz, professor of mathematics and physics, Rutgers University; Charles Schwartz, retired professor of physics, University of California at Berkeley.

Host: Justin Beck
Contributing producers: Eric Klein and Leigh Ann Caldwell

For more information:

Arms Control Association – Washington, DC

Arms Control Wonk

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – Santa Barbara, CA

Institute for Energy and Environmental Research


USA Today – McLean, VA

Council on Foreign Relations – Washington, DC

Time Magazine

Petition by physicists on nuclear weapons policy

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