The Manhattan Project

Friday, October 11, 2013

Transcript

In a world steeped in regular government leaks, there’s a tendency to believe that journalists’ exposure of government secrets is a new phenomenon. We think of the press of the past – during wartime, especially –  as more willing to obey censorship laws to protect government secrets. Bob talks to nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein who says this isn’t so, and he tells us about the leak of one of the government’s most-protected secrets to prove it.

Guests:

Alex Wellerstein

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [1]

Elliot from Lindenhurst, IL

Hearing Mr. Garfield say "the Nazis and the Japanese" without an apparent sense of incongruity revived my old question of why most media now refer to our enemy as "the Nazis" instead of "the Germans". I first noticed this switch around 1990 and I can't believe that it spontaneously occurred independently at every broadcast outlet and newspaper. I would love to learn why we are now told that a political party, rather than a country, declared war on the USA. I did love this story and I'm very glad that the Democrats (allied with the Communists) beat the Nazis. Thank you as always for such a great show!

Oct. 13 2013 10:19 PM

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