Ever since I saw footage of Chernobyl in Mrs. Wray's 6th grade science class, I've been a wee bit obsessed with the idea of a nuclear holocaust. Sure it's kind of morbid, but the idea that the human race could be wiped out by its own creation is oddly appealing. And since robots haven't turned on us yet, a nuclear meltdown is the most likely scenario (not that I think about these things).
This week's Studio 360 focuses on America's cultural fascination with all things nuclear. Highlights include:
- A noted psychiatrist who helped America through a generation of nuclear disaster phobias.
- An aging hippie who lives inside a decommissioned nuclear base and has made a real estate business out of selling abandoned nuclear silos in Kansas. Don't miss the slideshow.
The only thing that could possibly improve this episode would be this Josh Ritter song: