Atomic Age Declassified

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Original run: 16 Jun 2019 – 30 Jun 2019

Country of origin: US

Genre: History, Military/War

Network: Smithsonian Channel US

Watched by: 1 of 707 219 0%

Total running time: 2 hours 9 minutes

Episode duration: 43 minutes

MyShows rating: 4 of 5 1

Description

There's a reason they called it theoretical physics. No one really knew for sure what would happen when we split the atom. At Los Alamos, the famous scientist Enrico Fermi jokingly suggested a bet: the bomb would ignite the atmosphere – and end all life on earth. Not everyone thought it was funny. The sky didn't catch fire, but the mushroom cloud over the New Mexico desert that day cast a long shadow. It began an explosive era of secrecy and fear that we still live with today. Atomic Age Declassified tells the untold stories of a time that brought us to the edge of human possibility – and the verge of total annihilation – more times than we ever knew.


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