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Bombshelltoe examines the intersection of culture and policy to create a space for universal understanding of all things nuclear.

Bombshelltoe at Poptech:
Reshaping Our Nuclear Narratives

The word ‘nuclear’ tends to unleash predictable, deeply conditioned visions and reactions – most commonly the image of the mushroom cloud – the universal symbol of catastrophic destruction. I spoke at Poptech to introduce unfamiliar or forgotten images of the nuclear dilemma with a goal of shifting the dialogue from fear to one of inspiration, curiosity, resilience and creation.

The Twilight Zone, Nuclear War, and Sci-Fi Escapism

The Twilight Zone, Nuclear War, and Sci-Fi Escapism

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Going to the Fifth Dimension to escape our nuclear reality isn’t easy…

John Glenn, Protector of Tomorrowland

John Glenn, Protector of Tomorrowland

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How an Astronaut Shaped Nuclear Policy

Little Boy to Nuclear Boy

Little Boy to Nuclear Boy

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How Japanese art reminded us of humanity after two nuclear tragedies.

Why the excitement over post-nuclear-war game Fallout 4?

Why the excitement over post-nuclear-war game Fallout 4?

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As followers of nuclear weapons policy worry about arms control, another group is abuzz with excitement about its own nuclear occasion.

Big Hero 6 Confronts Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Big Hero 6 Confronts Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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The origin story of Marvel’s “Big Hero 6″ and their encounter with one bad nuclear villain.

Women’s Work

Women’s Work

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The forgotten tales of women in the nuclear world.

Action flicks exploit the bomb

Action flicks exploit the bomb

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From The Wolverine to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol – in Hollywood, nukes are a target hit

Don’t let societal verification turn you into a Borg

Don’t let societal verification turn you into a Borg

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The government is eager to explore social verification for nuclear security. But there can be consequences to poking the hive mind.

How to pop the Wonk Bubble

How to pop the Wonk Bubble

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Bringing the conversation online isn’t enough. If you’re using the same jargon, you’re Tweeting to yourself.

Radio[active]heads: The Champions of “Atoms for Peace”

Radio[active]heads: The Champions of “Atoms for Peace”

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President Eisenhower, Thom Yorke and the battle for a nuclear narrative.

Unpacking the Meaning of “Twitter Diplomacy”

Unpacking the Meaning of “Twitter Diplomacy”

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The arms control world recently met social media and is now furiously in love. But to harness the power of social media, policy wonks need to first learn how to use it effectively.

Gojira vs. Godzilla: Two nuclear narratives in one monster

Gojira vs. Godzilla: Two nuclear narratives in one monster

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How a Japanese tale rooted in an imminent nuclear threat was remixed into an American blockbuster.

Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones DO Exist*

Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones DO Exist*

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*Only applies to certain areas. Namely, NOT the Middle East

Tiara on a Test Site: Miss Atomic Bomb

Tiara on a Test Site: Miss Atomic Bomb

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Reactions | 2 Comments

During the Cold War, showgirl glamour became a means to cope with the existence of new deadly arsenals in America’s backyard.