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Super Critical Podcast

Super Critical Podcast

Tim Westmyer

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Podcast overthinking movies about nuclear weapons with policy analysis, quasi-science, pop culture debates, and too many puns.

Latest Episodes

Episode #52: Testament

In this episode, we got the family together over Zoom to watch the most depressing “Hallmark movie” of all time, Testament (1983). How can one Mom keep the family going after a nuclear attack cuts off their community? How accurately does the movie portray the horrors of radiation sickness? How does nuclear war turn ham radio operators into the most important people on the planet? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and returning special guest Lucy Stiegerwald (@LucyStag), contributing editor to AntiWar.com answer these questions and more. Before we go blow out the candles on our sad birthday cake, we recommend: -DVD extras for Testament, including “Testament at 20” -Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006) -Airplane! (1980) -Carol Amen, “The Last Testament,” Ms. Magazine, August 1981, https://www.scribd.com/doc/59083080/Amen-Carol-The-Last-Testament-Ms-Aug-81 -The Day After (1983) -On the Beach (1959) -Threads (1984) -TheStagBlog.com, “Testament” Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

95 minOCT 12
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Episode #52: Testament

Episode #51: Miracle Mile

In this episode, we pulled an all-nighter to watch the thrilling movie Miracle Mile (1986) about star crossed lovers trying to escape Los Angeles at night before a possible nuclear attack. Why do we keep nuclear weapons in North Dakota? How long would you have before the missiles start landing in your backyard? Does Google Maps have a good escape route preprogrammed in the event of a pending nuclear war? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we answer this random payphone that is ringing nearby, we recommend: -Cloverfield (2008 movie) -10 Cloverfield Lane (2016 movie) -Six String Samurai (1998 movie) -La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA -Fred Kaplan, The Wizards of Armageddon, 1983 -Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota -NORMS Restaurants Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

76 minSEP 14
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Episode #51: Miracle Mile

Episode #50: Spies Like Us

In this episode, we aced our foreign service exam and started our undercover mission to the movie Spies Like Us (1995). How well does this comedy deploy a Soviet road mobile nuclear missile for hilarious effect? Can you actually recall a nuclear missile once it is in the air? Doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, and doctor. Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we open up the nuclear disarmament negotiation board game box, we recommend: -Fletch, 1985 -The Man Who Knew Too Little, 1997 -International Spy Museum -Nuclear War Card Game, 1965 -Steven Pomeroy, An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America’s Mobile ICBMs, 2016 -Get Smart, 1965-1970 TV Show Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

77 minJUL 20
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Episode #50: Spies Like Us

Episode #49: Matinee

In this episode, we leave our bunkers and march like atomic ants to the movie theater to enjoy the film Matinee (1993). What does this story about director Joe Dante’s love of B-movies monster flicks have to say about the Cuban Missile Crisis and its impact on kids living in Florida? How do you write an effective comedy about topics that are usually nightmare fuel? When can we equip our own home theaters with Atomovision? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guest Matthew Gault (@mjgault), VICE journalist and host of the War College Podcast (@War_College) answer these questions and more. Before we turn up the Rumble-Rama setting on our seats, we recommend: -War College Podcast -Them (1954) and Blast from the Past (1999) -Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) -Barry Atkinson, Atomic Age Cinema: The Offbeat, the Classic, and the Obscure, 2014 -Matthew Gault, “How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb,” Vice, January 9, 2020 -L. Douglas Kenney, 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation, 2012 -Adam Curtis, “To The Brink of Eternity,” Episode in the Pandora’s Box documentary series, 1992 Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

71 minJUL 6
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Episode #49: Matinee

Episode #48: Daybreak

In this episode, school is out for nuclear winter break, so we binged the Netflix series Daybreak about high school students surviving post-WWIII. How well does a nuclear war plot mesh with a John Hughes teenage comedy? What is the connection between sunflowers and nuclear disarmament? Who in our high school yearbook was voted “most likely to depress everyone with a podcast about nuclear war movies”? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guest Cecili Thompson-Williams (@cecilitw), Executive Director of Beyond the Bomb (@BeyondtheBomb), answer these questions and more. Before we decide which post-apocalyptic clique to join, we recommend: -The 100 (TV series) -BeyondTheBomb.org -Phineas and Ferb (TV series) -WarGames (1983 movie) -Night of the Comet (1984 movie) -Elizabeth King, “How Growing Up with the Threat of Nuclear War Shapes Kids’ Psyches,” TheCut, June 7, 2017 Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at lea...

58 minMAY 29
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Episode #48: Daybreak

Episode #47: Gilligan's Island

In this episode, we tried to get healthy during quarantine by watching an episode of the TV show Gilligan’s Island called “Pass the Vegetables, Please” where the castaways get super powers from eating crops grown from radioactive seeds. Can radiation actually help farmers? What would happen if you ate radioactive food? Is the Professor a stand-in for Dr. Oppenheimer of the Manhattan Project? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we our three hour tour sets sail, we recommend: -“HI FI Gilligan,” Gilligan’s Island, season 2, episode 10 -AtomicGardening.com -“JUGHEAD,” LOST, “season 5, episode 3 -Visiting Tangier Island -Archipelago tiki bar in Washington, DC Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @Nucle...

57 minMAY 11
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Episode #47: Gilligan's Island

Episode #46: Air Force One

In this episode released on April 1, the show gets inverted and becomes the Super Critical Angle of Attack podcast to talk about the movie Air Force One (1997). Sure, the movie has some nuclear weapon plots, but how well did it accurately portray POTUS’s airplane? Did the movie do justice to flight physics? If aviation accident prone Harrison Ford is your pilot, would you have a bad feeling about this? New podcast host Gabe and special guest Tim Westmyer (@Westmyer) answer these questions and more. Before we fired up the Air Force One fax machine, we recommend: -Countdown to Looking Glass, 1984 TV movie -Independence Day, 1996 movie -“The Air Force’s ‘Doomsday Plane’ is in the Shop,” DefenseOne, November 6, 2019 -On Board Air Force One, National Geographic documentary, 2009 -CBS News photo tour of Air Force One -National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton Ohio -Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA Enjoy!

88 minAPR 1
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Episode #46: Air Force One

Episode #45: Fat Man and Little Boy

In this episode, we see how many scientists in the desert it takes to build an atomic bomb by watching the 1989 movie “Fat Man and Little Boy.” How did scientists and the military both collaborate and clash in the pursuit of the first nuclear weapon? What was the role of women scientists in this endeavor? Could you actually buy a condo in Manhattan even if you had the budget of the atomic bomb project? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guests/nuke experts Erin Connolly (@Erin_Conn17) and Kate Hewitt (@BlondNukeGirl) from Girl Security answer these questions and more. Before we started eating our Pentagon cakes, we recommend: -Day One, 1989 TV Movie -Robert Serber, The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How to Build the Atomic Bomb, 1992 -Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1986 -Denise Kiernan, Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, 2014 -John Hersey, Hiroshima, 1946 -Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic...

96 minFEB 18
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Episode #45: Fat Man and Little Boy

Episode 44: Twilight Zone - "Time Enough at Last" & "No Time Like the Past"

In this episode, we make time to watch two Twilight Zone episodes that deal with both “time” and nukes: “Time Enough at Last” and “No Time Like the Past.” How would the development of thermonuclear weapons impact your reading habit? If you had a time machine, how would you prevent the WWII atomic bombings? Does every household need a 2-in-1 bank vault/fallout shelter to protect their loved ones and valuables? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast), Gabe, and returning guest Elliot answer these questions and more. Before we update our reading list for the apocalypse, we recommend: -Twilight Zone episode “Walking Distance” -Last Man on Earth (TV show, comedy) -Black Mirror episode “San Junipero” -Arctic, 2018 movie -12 Monkeys, 1995 movie -H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895 book -Dan Carlin, “Supernova in the East,” Hardcore History Podcast -Dan Carlin, “(Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds,” Hardcore History Podcast -Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” -Star Trek e...

93 minJAN 13
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Episode 44: Twilight Zone - "Time Enough at Last" & "No Time Like the Past"

Episode #43: Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al

In this episode, we ring in the holidays with the Weird Al Yankovic song, Christmas at Ground Zero. What does this 1986 jingle tell us about nuclear war? How does Weird Al repurpose Duck and Cover propaganda footage from the Cold War for his holiday melody? Is “dreaming” about a white Christmas technically a nightmare if it is snowing radioactive fallout? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and returning special guest Kevin answer these questions and more. Here is the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU Before the next song on the nuclear war playlist comes on, we recommend checking out: • We Will All Go Together When We Go, Tom Lehrer • Amish Paradise, Weird Al, 1996 • Santa with Muscles, 1996 movie with Hulk Hogan • The Night They Saved Christmas, TV movie 1984 • Running with Scissors, 1999 Weird Al • Bad Hair Day, Weird Al, 1996 • Blue Christmas, Willie Nelson Here is a clip of Kevin playing the song on his ukulele: https://twitter.com/NuclearPodcast/...

52 min2019 DEC 19
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Episode #43: Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al

Latest Episodes

Episode #52: Testament

In this episode, we got the family together over Zoom to watch the most depressing “Hallmark movie” of all time, Testament (1983). How can one Mom keep the family going after a nuclear attack cuts off their community? How accurately does the movie portray the horrors of radiation sickness? How does nuclear war turn ham radio operators into the most important people on the planet? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and returning special guest Lucy Stiegerwald (@LucyStag), contributing editor to AntiWar.com answer these questions and more. Before we go blow out the candles on our sad birthday cake, we recommend: -DVD extras for Testament, including “Testament at 20” -Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006) -Airplane! (1980) -Carol Amen, “The Last Testament,” Ms. Magazine, August 1981, https://www.scribd.com/doc/59083080/Amen-Carol-The-Last-Testament-Ms-Aug-81 -The Day After (1983) -On the Beach (1959) -Threads (1984) -TheStagBlog.com, “Testament” Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

95 minOCT 12
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Episode #52: Testament

Episode #51: Miracle Mile

In this episode, we pulled an all-nighter to watch the thrilling movie Miracle Mile (1986) about star crossed lovers trying to escape Los Angeles at night before a possible nuclear attack. Why do we keep nuclear weapons in North Dakota? How long would you have before the missiles start landing in your backyard? Does Google Maps have a good escape route preprogrammed in the event of a pending nuclear war? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we answer this random payphone that is ringing nearby, we recommend: -Cloverfield (2008 movie) -10 Cloverfield Lane (2016 movie) -Six String Samurai (1998 movie) -La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA -Fred Kaplan, The Wizards of Armageddon, 1983 -Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota -NORMS Restaurants Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

76 minSEP 14
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Episode #51: Miracle Mile

Episode #50: Spies Like Us

In this episode, we aced our foreign service exam and started our undercover mission to the movie Spies Like Us (1995). How well does this comedy deploy a Soviet road mobile nuclear missile for hilarious effect? Can you actually recall a nuclear missile once it is in the air? Doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, doctor, and doctor. Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we open up the nuclear disarmament negotiation board game box, we recommend: -Fletch, 1985 -The Man Who Knew Too Little, 1997 -International Spy Museum -Nuclear War Card Game, 1965 -Steven Pomeroy, An Untaken Road: Strategy, Technology, and the Hidden History of America’s Mobile ICBMs, 2016 -Get Smart, 1965-1970 TV Show Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

77 minJUL 20
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Episode #50: Spies Like Us

Episode #49: Matinee

In this episode, we leave our bunkers and march like atomic ants to the movie theater to enjoy the film Matinee (1993). What does this story about director Joe Dante’s love of B-movies monster flicks have to say about the Cuban Missile Crisis and its impact on kids living in Florida? How do you write an effective comedy about topics that are usually nightmare fuel? When can we equip our own home theaters with Atomovision? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guest Matthew Gault (@mjgault), VICE journalist and host of the War College Podcast (@War_College) answer these questions and more. Before we turn up the Rumble-Rama setting on our seats, we recommend: -War College Podcast -Them (1954) and Blast from the Past (1999) -Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) -Barry Atkinson, Atomic Age Cinema: The Offbeat, the Classic, and the Obscure, 2014 -Matthew Gault, “How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb,” Vice, January 9, 2020 -L. Douglas Kenney, 15 Minutes: General Curtis LeMay and the Countdown to Nuclear Annihilation, 2012 -Adam Curtis, “To The Brink of Eternity,” Episode in the Pandora’s Box documentary series, 1992 Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, SuperCriticalPodcast@gmail.com, and YouTube. Enjoy!

71 minJUL 6
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Episode #49: Matinee

Episode #48: Daybreak

In this episode, school is out for nuclear winter break, so we binged the Netflix series Daybreak about high school students surviving post-WWIII. How well does a nuclear war plot mesh with a John Hughes teenage comedy? What is the connection between sunflowers and nuclear disarmament? Who in our high school yearbook was voted “most likely to depress everyone with a podcast about nuclear war movies”? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guest Cecili Thompson-Williams (@cecilitw), Executive Director of Beyond the Bomb (@BeyondtheBomb), answer these questions and more. Before we decide which post-apocalyptic clique to join, we recommend: -The 100 (TV series) -BeyondTheBomb.org -Phineas and Ferb (TV series) -WarGames (1983 movie) -Night of the Comet (1984 movie) -Elizabeth King, “How Growing Up with the Threat of Nuclear War Shapes Kids’ Psyches,” TheCut, June 7, 2017 Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at lea...

58 minMAY 29
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Episode #48: Daybreak

Episode #47: Gilligan's Island

In this episode, we tried to get healthy during quarantine by watching an episode of the TV show Gilligan’s Island called “Pass the Vegetables, Please” where the castaways get super powers from eating crops grown from radioactive seeds. Can radiation actually help farmers? What would happen if you ate radioactive food? Is the Professor a stand-in for Dr. Oppenheimer of the Manhattan Project? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and Gabe answer these questions and more. Before we our three hour tour sets sail, we recommend: -“HI FI Gilligan,” Gilligan’s Island, season 2, episode 10 -AtomicGardening.com -“JUGHEAD,” LOST, “season 5, episode 3 -Visiting Tangier Island -Archipelago tiki bar in Washington, DC Check out our website, SuperCriticalPodcast.com, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @Nucle...

57 minMAY 11
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Episode #47: Gilligan's Island

Episode #46: Air Force One

In this episode released on April 1, the show gets inverted and becomes the Super Critical Angle of Attack podcast to talk about the movie Air Force One (1997). Sure, the movie has some nuclear weapon plots, but how well did it accurately portray POTUS’s airplane? Did the movie do justice to flight physics? If aviation accident prone Harrison Ford is your pilot, would you have a bad feeling about this? New podcast host Gabe and special guest Tim Westmyer (@Westmyer) answer these questions and more. Before we fired up the Air Force One fax machine, we recommend: -Countdown to Looking Glass, 1984 TV movie -Independence Day, 1996 movie -“The Air Force’s ‘Doomsday Plane’ is in the Shop,” DefenseOne, November 6, 2019 -On Board Air Force One, National Geographic documentary, 2009 -CBS News photo tour of Air Force One -National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton Ohio -Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA Enjoy!

88 minAPR 1
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Episode #46: Air Force One

Episode #45: Fat Man and Little Boy

In this episode, we see how many scientists in the desert it takes to build an atomic bomb by watching the 1989 movie “Fat Man and Little Boy.” How did scientists and the military both collaborate and clash in the pursuit of the first nuclear weapon? What was the role of women scientists in this endeavor? Could you actually buy a condo in Manhattan even if you had the budget of the atomic bomb project? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and special guests/nuke experts Erin Connolly (@Erin_Conn17) and Kate Hewitt (@BlondNukeGirl) from Girl Security answer these questions and more. Before we started eating our Pentagon cakes, we recommend: -Day One, 1989 TV Movie -Robert Serber, The Los Alamos Primer: The First Lectures on How to Build the Atomic Bomb, 1992 -Richard Rhodes, The Making of the Atomic Bomb, 1986 -Denise Kiernan, Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, 2014 -John Hersey, Hiroshima, 1946 -Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic...

96 minFEB 18
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Episode #45: Fat Man and Little Boy

Episode 44: Twilight Zone - "Time Enough at Last" & "No Time Like the Past"

In this episode, we make time to watch two Twilight Zone episodes that deal with both “time” and nukes: “Time Enough at Last” and “No Time Like the Past.” How would the development of thermonuclear weapons impact your reading habit? If you had a time machine, how would you prevent the WWII atomic bombings? Does every household need a 2-in-1 bank vault/fallout shelter to protect their loved ones and valuables? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast), Gabe, and returning guest Elliot answer these questions and more. Before we update our reading list for the apocalypse, we recommend: -Twilight Zone episode “Walking Distance” -Last Man on Earth (TV show, comedy) -Black Mirror episode “San Junipero” -Arctic, 2018 movie -12 Monkeys, 1995 movie -H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895 book -Dan Carlin, “Supernova in the East,” Hardcore History Podcast -Dan Carlin, “(Blitz) The Destroyer of Worlds,” Hardcore History Podcast -Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever” -Star Trek e...

93 minJAN 13
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Episode 44: Twilight Zone - "Time Enough at Last" & "No Time Like the Past"

Episode #43: Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al

In this episode, we ring in the holidays with the Weird Al Yankovic song, Christmas at Ground Zero. What does this 1986 jingle tell us about nuclear war? How does Weird Al repurpose Duck and Cover propaganda footage from the Cold War for his holiday melody? Is “dreaming” about a white Christmas technically a nightmare if it is snowing radioactive fallout? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and returning special guest Kevin answer these questions and more. Here is the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t039p6xqutU Before the next song on the nuclear war playlist comes on, we recommend checking out: • We Will All Go Together When We Go, Tom Lehrer • Amish Paradise, Weird Al, 1996 • Santa with Muscles, 1996 movie with Hulk Hogan • The Night They Saved Christmas, TV movie 1984 • Running with Scissors, 1999 Weird Al • Bad Hair Day, Weird Al, 1996 • Blue Christmas, Willie Nelson Here is a clip of Kevin playing the song on his ukulele: https://twitter.com/NuclearPodcast/...

52 min2019 DEC 19
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Episode #43: Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al
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