Episode #29: Madam Secretary

In this episode, we took a break from studying our nuclear attack plans binder to watch an episode from the TV show Madam Secretary called Night Watch (Season 4, Episode 22). What happens when the President gets the call that nuclear missiles are incoming to the United States? What systems are in place to prevent mistakes and accidents from signaling false reports? Why don’t they rename the Presidential Emergency Satchel to the Nuclear Skeeball? Tim Westmyer and special guest Jamie Withorne (@JamieWithorne) answer these questions and more.

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Episode #25: Blue Sky & Nuclear Test Site Visit

In this episode, we did some atomic tourism, first to the Nuclear Test Site and then on the emotional journey that is the 1994 melodrama, Blue Sky. How does a mild mannered nuclear test site scientist navigate radioactive cover-ups and family crises? What was it like visiting the former nuclear test site in Nevada? How do you convince your friends it would be more fun to record a podcast in a hotel room than to wander the Las Vegas Strip? Tim Westmyer and special guest Clark answer these questions and more.

This episode was a lot of fun. Tim and his old college roommate/policy debate partner Clark recorded inside a Las Vegas hotel room after visiting the Nevada National Security Site, the swarth of dessert formerly known as the Nuclear Test Site. The public tour requires you to sign up almost a year in advance, so this episode was a long time coming.

Here is a photo of the group in front of the Sedan crater (a “peaceful” nuclear explosion as part of tests showing whether nukes could be used in civilian construction projects) and the Atomic Testing Museum. Tim is front and center in his proud Lakers/Dodgers combo hat.

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