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Nuclear Disarmament
An Impossible Dream?
Last Featured: 10/9/2006

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With North Korea allegedly testing nuclear weapons and Iran continuing to build its nuclear program, many fear that nuclear technology in new hands will change the balance of power around the world. What are U.S. strategies to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation and are they working? Join Justice Talking for a look at the effect of nuclear weapons on international law and peace.

Interview with Robert McNamara
Host Margot Adler speaks with Robert S. McNamara, the secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and a former nuclear hawk who now holds different views.

Robert S. McNamara served as secretary of defense of the United States under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. Upon leaving office in March of 1968, he joined the World Bank Group of Institutions where he served as president until his retirement in 1981. Today, Mr. McNamara is associated with several nonprofit organizations focusing on issues of population and development, world hunger, the environment, East-West relations and nuclear arms. He often writes and speaks on these subjects as well as his vision of our nation in the 21st century.
(photo from the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential library, early 1960s)

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Interview with a Nuclear Historian
Historian and author Richard Rhodes tells host Margot Adler how the United States became a nuclear power.

Richard Rhodes is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb. His third volume of nuclear history, "Endgame: The Unmaking of the Nuclear Arms Race," which examines the international politics of nuclear weapons in the last years of the Cold War, will be published in fall 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf.

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Debate on the Issue: Non-Proliferation
Professor Nick Gvosdev and attorney Jonathan Granoff debate the successes and failures of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Nikolas K. Gvosdev is the editor of The National Interest and a senior fellow in strategic studies at the Nixon Center. He has written and co-authored several books, including The Receding Shadow of the Prophet: The Rise and Fall of Radical Political Islam and the edited volume "Russia in the National Interest." He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

Jonathan Granoff is president of the Global Security Institute and co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security. He is vice president of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the UN, and serves on numerous governing and advisory boards including the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the Lawyers Alliance for World Security, the Jane Goodall Institute, the Bipartisan Security Group, and the Middle Powers Initiative.

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Interview with a Defense Journalist
Writer and editor Sharon Weinberger provides host Margot Adler with a peek into the Pentagon's nuclear weapons laboratory.

Sharon Weinberger is the editor-in-chief of Defense Technology International, a bimonthly editorial supplement to Aviation Week & Space Technology. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld and is currently working with her husband and fellow defense journalist Nathan Hodge on a book called "A Nuclear Family Vacation," a primer on the world of atomic weaponry.

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Report from Los Alamos
Reporter Eric Mack travels to Los Alamos, New Mexico, to learn how activists are responding to government proposals for the development of next-generation nuclear weapons.

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Nuclear War in Film and Books
Author and professor Paul Brians talks with host Margot Adler about culture and art in the atomic age.

Paul Brians is a professor of English at Washington State University. He is the author of "Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895 to 1984." In 2003, he revised and expanded the book, which is now available on the web at http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/nuclear/index.htm.

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