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Hiroshima: The morality of the bomb

With a blinding flash and a sky-high fireball, the world's first atomic bomb exploded over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The American bomb killed about 70,000 Japanese instantly, and an equal number would soon die of radiation poisoning. The weapon saved American soldiers' lives and ended the Second World War, but it ushered in a new era of nuclear arms. CBC Archives looks at the atomic bomb, its impact on Hiroshima and its legacy.

CBC Radio's Ideas looks at bomb creator Robert Oppenheimer and his feelings about the bomb.
Medium: Radio
Program: IDEAS
Broadcast Date: Sept. 13, 1984
Guests: Alice Kimball-Smith, Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Wilson
Interviewer: Owen Gingerich
Duration: 11:06

Last updated: July 22, 2013

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