The Fictional Nuke Film That Won the Oscar for Best Documentary
This story originally appeared on May 29, 2015. It’s a little after 2:00 p.m. in Kent — an English county east of London — and the doctor is making an emergency visit. He’s escorted by two Civil Defense volunteers, a man and a woman. He checks in on his... Read more
‘Threads’ Is One of the Most Horrifying Films I’ve Ever Seen
This story first appeared on May 5, 2015. In the basement, a few days after the bombs dropped, Ruth Beckett’s parents try to make her eat. She’s pregnant and eating for two. It’s not just about her anymore, her mother reminds her. “I don’t care about this baby anymore,”... Read more
Want to Increase Your Property Values? Try a Nuclear War
This story originally appeared on June 22, 2014. Ever wonder what nuclear Armageddon would do to real-estate prices? How hard would it be to buy a tank of gas if Houston, Texas were suddenly struck by an atom bomb? Which fallout shelter is the most cost-effective? All these questions... Read more
Donald Trump Wants Small Nukes
The Trump administration wants two new, sea-launched nuclear weapons — and looser rules for using them. Experts say the new nuclear policy could make atomic war more likely. The Nuclear Posture Review, which leaked to the press in mid-January 2018, calls for a new sea-launched cruise missile, or SLCM,... Read more
Donald Trump’s Nuclear Dreams
Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now. Our childish, ignorant and incompetent president is shoving all of us — especially the people of Asia — ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn’t... Read more

Rebecca Gordon

Lecturer of philosophy at the University of San Francisco.

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