In this episode, we investigated a distress beacon to find our new artificially intelligent WMD friend in the Star Trek Voyager episode “Warhead” (s5 e25 – 1999) where the crew picks up smart bomb hitchhiker hellbent on finishing his military mission. Why don’t all nuclear armed missiles have a self-destruct feature? How do you deter against a nuclear strike from a planet 80 light years away? How does the USS Voyager convince a nuclear bomb to stop loving itself and not explode? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast), co-host Gabe, and special guest James Sheehan (@jsheehandc) — consultant working on trans-Atlantic cooperation and public diplomacy — answer these questions and more.

Before we check out of sick bay, we recommend:

Russian Roulette, PBS, February 23, 1999

Dark Star (1974 movie by John Carpenter)

-“One,” Metallica, …And Justice for All (1989)

-Meilan Solly, “The Japanese WWII Soldier Who Refused to Surrender for 27 Years,” Smithsonian Magazine

The Delta Flyers, Voyager Podcast

Jetrel, Star Trek Voyager (s1 e15, May 1995)

Sunshine (2007 movie)

Star Trek: First Contact (1996 movie)

Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons (2022), Wizards of the Coast

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