Episodes

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19950201]

Fifty years ago America exploded the world's first atomic bomb in New Mexico. The bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki swiftly followed. America was the most powerful nation on earth and the promise of the atom seemed unlimited. In a three-part series, John Slater looks at the history of America's love affair with the atom.

1: Guinea Pigs. Over the last 50 years radiation experiments have been conducted on thousands of American citizens without their permission being sought. Now a special Presidential Committee is touring the country to hear the evidence first hand.

A Pier Black Hill production

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950201]

Unknown: John Slater

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950208]

John Slater examines 50 years of radiation in the United States.

2: The Voices in the Nuclear

Wilderness. Electricity too cheap to meter, atoms for peace, the prospect of atomic aeroplanes: most

Americans were swept along on the nuclear wave. The moral certainties of the Cold War stopped the questions that should have been asked. Nuclear power in the US sank in the early 70s under the weight of its own cost, but it was only ten years ago that a few brave voices began to challenge the absolute power of the nuclear military, asking questions about plant safety, accidents and leakages, and where the waste would be stored.

A Pier Black Hill production

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950208]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19950215]

In the last of his investigations into nuclear issues in the United States, John Slater climbs The Waste

Mountain. Fifty years of nuclear production means 50 years of nuclear mess. In the beginning, the scientists who made the first bomb thought that they, and technology, would solve the problem of nuclear waste - in time. But they failed so badly that in many cases no one knows where the waste from the early years was buried. Now they hope to use Yucca Mountain in Nevada as a repository for high-level nuclear waste. But Nevada has other ideas and has threatened to secede from the Union over the issue.

A Pier Black Hill production

Genome: [r4 Bd=19950215]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970311]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970311]

In the first of three programmes, John Slater returns to the story he first uncovered a few years ago. In

November 1993, the United States was shaken by revelations that, during the Cold War, hundreds of citizens had been given heavy doses of radiation in secret experiments. After the story was broken by the Albuquerque Tribune in New Mexico, a presidential inquiry was set up and its findings havejust been published. The families of the victims are also seekingjustice in the courts. Producer Peter Hoare Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970311]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970311]

Unknown: John Slater

Producer: Peter Hoare Repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970318]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970318]

Three programmes in which

John Slater looks at America's 50-year love affair with the atom.

2: The Voices in the Nuclear

Wilderness. Most Americans were swept along on the nuclear wave and the moral certainties of the Cold War. It was not until ten years ago that a few brave voices, usually female, began to challenge the absolute power of the all-male nuclear military. Producer Sally Beeston Revised repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970318]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970318]

Unknown: John Slater

Producer: Sally Beeston

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970325]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970325]

In the last of his investigations of nuclear issues in the United States, John Slater climbs The Waste

Mountain. Fifty years of nuclear production means fifty years of nuclear mess. in the beginning, the scientists who created the first bomb thought that they would solve the problem of nuclear waste - in time. But it has not worked out that way. Producer Peter Hoare Revised repeat

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970325]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970325]

Unknown: John Slater

Producer: Peter Hoare