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Helen Reyes
03-31-2010, 04:48 PM
This is about a radio show about a book so I'm putting it here because it might be of some general interest.

Speculative physicist and radio personality Michio Kaku on his nationally-distributed WBAI New York show Explorations interviewed the two authors of a newish book called Broken Arrows about over 20 incidents of the US losing nuclear bombs. The co-authors and Kaku concur that no accident ever led to the detonation of a nuclear bomb by or in the United States, which might be true, but they neglect to even mention Port Chicago 1945 in the Bay Area. The general impression goes from interesting to stupid as Kaku and his guests progress in the interview. Kaku manages to consistently butcher the English language and makes some very strange remarks only a theoretical physicist could make, asking if a "lost" nuke on display in a New Mexico museum is dented, then saying it is because he has seen it, then asking the guests if it's true again.

The guests seem to consist of a younger man whose grasp of English isn't much better than Kaku's, although he does finally stop saying "incidences" as Kaku insists on calling them, and replaces it with the more standard "incidents." The older man comes from the cloak-and-daggar world of nuclear weapons and seems to be trying to skate a fine line between revealing too much and remembering what's public domain already, but his loyalty is fairly obvious.

While the show is sort of an example of dumb and dumber, the information the authors have collated is a decent collection of lost US nukes, including ones never recovered in known locations. They seem to have a chorus going, always saying this or that nuke wasn't armed, or that all were destroyed beyond recovery on impact, e.g., the lost nukes off Thule base in Greenland.

KPFA broadcast: