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Nuclear Weapons and the Illusion of Safety

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The 1945 Trinity explosion, the world's first nuclear detonation.

When it comes to nuclear weapons, there’s one big question: how do you use or possess them without being destroyed by them? Journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to explore the near misses that almost answered that problem in the worst possible way.

RadioWest divider.

Tuesday, investigative journalist Eric Schlosser joins us to discuss the illusion of safety when it comes to how we manage nuclear weapons. Think about that: the most dangerous weapons on the planet may not be safely managed. A single mistake, accident, or miscalculation could lead to nuclear war. Schlosser has dug deep into how America manages its nuclear arsenal, and he’ll join us to explore the near-catastrophic errors of the nuclear arms race and what they can tell us about the future.

Eric Schlosser is an investigative journalist. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He’s the author of books Fast Food Nation, Reefer Madness, and, most recently, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Incident, and the Illusion of Safety [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.