Presented in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.
(USA, 2016, 9:30 min)
Produced by Dan Sagalyn for PBS NewsHour.
The Pentagon is preparing for an extensive — and expensive — modernization of the country’s half-century-old land, air, and sea-based nuclear weapons. Supporters contend a fully-equipped nuclear triad is essential for national defense and deterrence, but critics say it’s time to reexamine the extent of our arsenal in a post-Cold War world. Special correspondent Jamie McIntyre reports.
NUCLEAR WINTER (USA, 2016, 12 min)
Produced by Retro Report for the New York Times, reported by Kit Roane.
Carl Sagan and other Cold War scientists once feared that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. Three decades later, does this theory still resonate?
CITY 40 (USA, 2016, 73 min)
Directed by Samira Goetschel.
Tucked away deep in the heart of Russia, there is a hidden city where thousands of men, women and children live and work behind barbed-wire fences monitored by armed guards. The residents are told they are the nuclear shield and saviors of the world. They are told that everyone on the outside is the enemy. One of the most contaminated places on earth, and home to Russia’s largest stockpile of fissile materials, this place is called City 40. In this feature-length documentary, the film crew gets smuggled inside City 40 and—behind a psychological façade of normality—they encounter a single mother and a handful of brave residents who risk their lives to expose human and environmental catastrophes that threaten the world.
Screening will be followed by a discussion with Jamie McIntyre (Journalist, PBS NewsHour), Kit Roane (Journalist, Retro Report), Sharon Squassoni (Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS), and Samira Goetschel (Director, City 40). Moderated by Tom Hundley (Senior Editor, Pulitzer Center).
Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7 pm – Carnegie Institution for Science