Episode #945

Nukes, Hutz, Headhunters

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 945, Nukes, Hutz, Headhunters Dr. Robert Dupont in front of a nuclear plant (Dr. Robert Dupont)

This week, Studio 360 remembers “The Day After.” 25 years ago this month, half the country tuned in to watch this landmark TV movie about nuclear winter in the heartland. Kurt Andersen looks at the legacy of that broadcast and our lingering fears of all things nuclear. We’ll visit a decommissioned missile command base under a Kansas prairie, now inhabited by a peace activist turned real-estate agent. And gypsy rocker Eugene Hutz, who leads the band Gogol Bordello, uses songs and stories to tell how he fled Chernobyl with his family.

The Good Nuclear

President-elect Barack Obama has embraced nuclear power as part of the solution to the climate crisis, and an antidote to America’s dependence on foreign oil. According to psychiatrist Robert DuPont, the biggest hindrance to nuclear power may be fear itself. DuPont tries a little cultural therapy on ...

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The Day After

Exactly 25 years ago this month, the largest audience ever for a TV movie tuned to ABC to watch a simulated nuclear holocaust. “The Day After” focused on a group of survivors in the heartland of Kansas. Studio 360's Derek John grew up nearby. He ...

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A Missile Base Called Home

The underground nuclear missile bases and silos are still out there in Kansas. Many of them are now empty – but not for long. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky visits a peace activist who is turning decommissioned nuclear missile bases and silos into family homes.


Eugene Hutz

In 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine suffered a catastrophic explosion. Eugene Hutz, founder of the New York rock band Gogol Bordello, was a boy living less than 100 miles away. His flight with his family led him to creative inspiration. Produced by ...

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Lela Pala Tute"

Eugene Hutz performs the song live in Studio 360.


In the Land of the Headhunters

Edward Curtis is known for his early 20th-century photos of Native Americans, but he also made a silent movie with an all-indigenous cast, called "In the Land of the Head Hunters." The film is being shown again now, accompanied by a live orchestra - this ...

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