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Broadcasting the Voice of the Atom

in Science on the Air

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780226467597
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226466958 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226466958.003.0010
Broadcasting the Voice of the Atom

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By the summer of 1945, when the atomic bomb reaffirmed science's alliance with the body politic, the tone and direction of popularization had already shifted. Postwar coverage of atomic energy began in celebration and curiosity, but within months even radio—that comforting source of baseball, music, and laughter—was exploring the terrible potential of atomic warfare, the acrimonious political debate over military versus civilian control of the atom, and the chilling implications of increased scientific secrecy. Having previously been dramatized and humanized, science on the radio now became more politicized.

Keywords: World War II; atomic bomb; science popularization; radio; atomic energy

Chapter.  10735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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