In this episode, we left the polling booth to watch the movie Deterrence (2000) about a president fighting a nuclear war against Iraq while stranded in a diner during a snowstorm on the campaign trail. Are nuclear weapons useful to deter chemical, biological, or conventional weapon attacks? Can anyone stop an irrational president from ordering a nuclear strike? Is there a connection between the diner’s famous greasy chiliburger and the IBS News station? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and co-host Gabe answer these questions and more.

Before we reach our positive control point, we recommend:
Kevin Pollak Chat Show (2009-2019)
-Thomas Schelling, The Strategy of Conflict (1960) and Arms and Influence (1966)
The Contender (2002 movie)

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