Episode #40: Godzilla

In this episode, we explored the nuclear origin story of Godzilla. What famous nuclear test inspired the Godzilla franchise? How did Toho Studios and Hollywood handle the nuclear story over the ages? Will the “King Kong vs. Godzilla” movie have a cameo from Major “King” Kong from Dr. Strangelove? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guests … Continue reading Episode #40: Godzilla

Episode #30: Nukes vs. Asteroids

In this episode, we place bets on the biggest fight in the cinematic universe: nuclear weapons vs. asteroids. What do the movies Armageddon, Deep Impact, and Meteor tell us about how planet Earth will defend itself against space rocks? How effective would nukes in these doomsday scenarios? How can we thank the dinosaurs for becoming … Continue reading Episode #30: Nukes vs. Asteroids

Death Stars: The Ultimate WMD

  I (Tim) wrote an article for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (the keepers of the Doomsday Clock!) about the appropriation of nuclear weapon imagery and themes in Rogue One and Star Wars. I am talking about the Death Star, of course. Here is a highlight: The central plot of Rogue One involves our … Continue reading Death Stars: The Ultimate WMD

Why Matt Damon is Not a Space Pirate…Just a Space Felon

Our latest podcast episode on the nuclear nonsense in The Martian (2015) has space/maritime law guru Chris Mirasola get super critical about why Matt Damon might not actually be a space pirate. Here is a great write-up of his argument: "I love The Martian. However, until they find a way to introduce water to the … Continue reading Why Matt Damon is Not a Space Pirate…Just a Space Felon

Low Yield Hot Take: Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice

After watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Nuclear Injustice, the movie made some "interesting" choices for how to portray nuclear weapons, but probably not enough nonsense for a whole episode. Here are some initial thoughts by podcast host Tim. Warning: spoilers for one scene that surprisingly ends up not mattering at all for the plot. … Continue reading Low Yield Hot Take: Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice