In this episode, we called our sommelier for advice on the best atomic alcohol to drink while watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie Notorious (1946) telling a spy romance story that discovers uranium ore stashed in a wine bottle owned by ex-Nazis hiding out in Brazil. How did Hitchcock introduce the first major atomic MacGuffin plot device so soon after the reveal of the Manhattan Project? What could a rogue element do with uranium ore hidden in a wine cellar? Why don’t the ex-Nazis hide the uranium in a bottle of Wild Turkey because nobody would ever want to look closer at that bottle. Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and co-host Gabe answer these questions and more.

Full movie online here:

Before we check out tea for poison, we recommend:

Rear Window (1954 movie)

The Boys From Brazil (1978 movie)

Uranium Glass

Casablanca (1942 movie)

-“How Atomic Physics Helped Solve a Wine Fraud Mystery,” NPR, June 3, 2014

One thought on “Episode #60: Notorious

  1. Hello gentlemen, along with uranium in wine bottles, some other suggestions. The 1955 Robert Aldrich directed Mike Hammer yarn “Kiss Me Deadly”. After that just for fun you might want to check out 1984s “Repo Man” and while you’re at it throw in a screening of Pulp Fiction. The future so bright You’ll have to wear shades..,enjoy MEL also a big fan of the atomic hobo.

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