Cold War Culture: The Nuclear Fear of the 1950s and 1960s
With superpowers in the east and west testing powerful new weapons, the Canadian race for self-preservation took off in the early 1950s. The rising of the Iron Curtain intensified the threat of mass destruction, as communication between the Americans and Soviets came to a screeching halt. In this volatile new world, Canadians fretted about fallout shelters and the government prepared to go underground.
Opening up the Diefenbunker
No longer a top-secret hideaway, the Diefenbunker doors swing open.
Reporting live from the Diefenbunker
A CBC News announcer recalls a very strange assignment in a very unique place.
Bomb shelters in a post-Cold War era
Old bomb shelters are converted to meet the new era of stability.
Civil defence workers exposed to radioactive materials
Civil defence workers in the 1950s are exposed to dangerous radioactive materials.
Evaluating the Emergency Measures Organization
The Emergency Measures Organization is evaluated in the post-Cold War thaw.
Psalm for Shelter: a Cold War song
Nuclear fear is the inspiration for a new musical composition.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The nuclear crisis reaches its peak when it is reported that interballistic missiles are poised to hit North America from…
Special report on the Cuban missile crisis
U.S. President John F. Kennedy imposes a quarantine on ships docking in Cuba to ensure they aren't carrying Soviet weapons.
Columnist urges commitment to peace during Cold War
Columnist Ron Haggart takes issue with the government's approach to nuclear warfare.
Evaluating the Tocsin B nuclear drill
The Tocsin nuclear drill is evaluated.
Tocsin B drill practices for nuclear attack
The Emergency Measures Organization tests its cross-Canada evacuation plan.
Max Ferguson: ‘Nuclear warfare can be fun’
Hide under your kitchen chair, pull the covers over your head - Max Ferguson has some fun ideas for coping…
Life in a Cold War fallout shelter
The McCallum family experiences life in a fallout shelter.
From Einstein to the A-bomb: early milestones in the Cold War
The air raid sirens hum loudly, shelters are erected, and the general public is busy learning the art of
The Three Little Fallout Shelters
Max Ferguson pokes fun at the do-it-yourself fallout shelters.
Teens learn civil defence during Cold War
Canadian teenagers learn the ABCs of survival.
Guy Burgess: why I defected to the Soviet Union
The British diplomat who fled England in 1951 under accusations of spying speaks to the CBC from Moscow in 1959.
Bomb shelters for sale during Cold War
Wanna buy a bomb shelter? People start shopping for their own personal refuges.
Nuclear relocation satire
Self-preservation is the name of the game in this humorous commentary by Eric Nicol.
Cold War evacuation drill at Vancouver hospital
A Vancouver hospital is evacuated in a nuclear drill test run.
Calgary evacuates for Cold War disaster planning
At 10:50 a.m., Calgary's mayor throws the switch to evacuate the city. Preparation and planning is the key to survival.