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The Bomb

BBC World Service

My grandad worked on the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima. Could another man - Leo Szilard - have stopped it?


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4.6 out of 5 stars from 1.8k ratings
  • Grandad issues

    Great from an historic view but irksome due to the narrators “grandad issues”.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Interesting but personally biased

    A very interesting show but there is no discussion of the benefits of the bomb. stopping the invasion of mainland Japan witch would have had huge casualties or starting nuclear energy programs.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma year ago
  • Insightful

    Fascinating podcast series carrying a riveting mix of science & world history. Brilliantly produced.

    Apple Podcasts
    Germanya year ago
  • Impressive

    Had never heard of Leo Szilard. Well put together story telling , thank you.

    Apple Podcasts
    Netherlandsa year ago
  • One sided narrative

    One sided narrative of the Hiroshima bomb which overlooks the fact that the bombs shorten the war and preserved the lives of American soldiers.

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    Biker roaddog
    United Statesa year ago

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