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Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 18

The Doomsday Clock

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2005 on The History Channel
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The Doomsday Clock
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Scientists develop the Doomsday Clock as an image to symbolize urgency in the Cold War and the threat of nuclear disaster.
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In its day the Manhattan Project was the largest industrial and scientific effort in history. It cost more the $2 billion in 1945 and employed more than 175,000 people.

      • The Soviet Union's Tsar Bomba was the largest nuclear weapon ever constructed and detonated. Tested in 1961, the fusion bomb's yield was 50 megatons, with a design capable of an estimated 100 megatons.

      • A recent study estimates that more than 28,000 nuclear weapons are currently maintained by the world's eight known nuclear powers – most in the U.S. and Russia.

      • Since 1945 there have been an estimated 2,045 nuclear weapons tests worldwide. That's the equivalent of one test ever ten days for the last 60 years.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It's been ticking away since the deep chill of the Cold War. From the explosion of the Soviet's first atomic bomb to today's new nuclear threats, this icon of nuclear danger has gauged how close we've come to armageddon. The world will end at the stroke of midnight and only a few minutes remain on the Doomsday Clock, next on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Commentators:

        Natalie J. Goldring
        Chair, Bulletin Board of Directors

        Mike Moore
        Contributing Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

        Ruth Adams
        Former Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

        Stephen I. Schwartz
        Publisher, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

        Robert S. McNamara
        Secretary of Defense 1961-1968

        Joseph Cirincione
        Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

        Rose Gottemoeller
        Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

        Linda Rothstein
        Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

      • Executive Producer: Robb Weller
        Executive Producer: Gary H. Grossman
        Executive Producer: Steve Lange
        Supervising Producer: Nancy Gimbrone
        Writer: Nancy Gimbrone
        Producer: Mark Montgomery
        Senior Editor: Bann Roy
        Media Clearance Supervisor: Kristine Hansen
        Media Clearance: Michael Corbett
        Media Clearance: Tom Hebenstreit
        Media Clearance: Brad Wyrick
        WG Archivist: Shelia Garrison
        Camera: Steve Bernstein
        Camera: Jimmy Garcia
        Camera: Robin Hirsch
        Camera: Marco Hoffman
        Camera: Mathieu Mazza
        Audio: Andy Curtis
        Audio: Bob Downing
        Audio: Eric Mandel
        Audio: Rob Shire
        Audio: Mike Turan
        Narrator: Beau Weaver
        Voice Talent: Lester Lipshitz
        Editor: Duane Tudahl
        Editor: Will Gallie
        Production Assistant: Gary Gangi
        Intern: Lara Wilson

        Special Thanks:
        Shelia King Garrison
        Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
        The Corcoran Gallery of Art
        Feldmar Watch and Clock Center
        Fotomotions
        Paulist Productions
        Michael Williams, Scout Productions

        Executive in Charge of Production: David Shikiar
        Executive Producer: Margaret G. Kim
        Produced by Weller/Grossman Productions, INC
        2003

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