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.

Before we receive our text message notifying us about our all expenses paid trip to Mount Weather, we recommend checking out:

Episode #27: Atomic Train

In this episode, we took the midnight train going anywhere… far away from the bad TV mini-series, Atomic Train (1999). Could a dangerous Russian nuke end up on a runaway U.S. train? What would a major city like Denver do to evacuate after a nuclear detonation? How can a movie with a runaway train, nukes, hazardous chemicals, Rob Lowe, and 50+ helicopters be so boring? Tim Westmyer, Gabe, and special guest Elliot answer these questions and more.

This was a fun episode to record but a really tough movie to watch. If you are brave enough, it can be found on YouTube (for now at least): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV_fkGZGhk0

Before the atomic train conductor yelled “all aboard,” we recommend checking out:

Threads (1984 TV movie) and Special Bulletin (1983 TV movie)

The Stand (1994 TV mini-series)

-Michael Krepon, “Moving from MAD to Cooperative Threat Reduction,” Stimson Center, December 2001, https://www.files.ethz.ch/isn/93680/Report41.pdf

Unstoppable (2010 movie)

 

Nuke Plot of the TV Show “Last Man on Earth”

A quick Twitter thread on the <spoiler alert> “meltdown of all U.S. nuclear power plants in the United States” plot in season 3 of the hilarious Last Man on Earth.

Click here to read the Twitter thread on Storify.

Second Strike 01 – Bonus Content (Twilight Zone – The Shelter)

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Second Strike is bonus content for the Super Critical Podcast that did not survive the first round of edits but is still more than ready to deliver an assured response.

This Second Strike is taken from podcast episode #14 where we discussed The Twilight Zone’s “The Shelter” (1962). Tim and Joel debate whether the TV episode is more like Cloverfield or The Dark Knight.