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2017
August 2017
 7
Meditations
Dispatches on a Roundtable and a Workshop with historians and political scientists in Hiroshima, Japan, on the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing.
July 2017
13
News and Notes
Announcing a new, provocative venture at the Stevens Institute of Technology, for building the next-generation of nuclear risk communication.
May 2017
 2
Redactions
Was the first history of the atomic bomb biased towards physics to avoid public associations with chemical weapons? My take on a recent article.
April 2017
10
Redactions
New sources further illuminate the tricky issue of the nuclear chain of command.
February 2017
 3
Visions
Reflections on the past, present, and future of NUKEMAP, five years into its existence.
2016
December 2016
23
Meditations
Yes, the president has the unilateral authority to order nuclear strike; yes, there is something we can do about that if that disturbs you.
November 2016
18
Meditations
Why asking whether there are checks on the US President's ability to order a nuclear attack gets the issue exactly backwards.
September 2016
30
Redactions
If he had lived to make the decision, would Roosevelt have dropped the atomic bomb?
23
Visions
With nuclear weapons, sometimes you have to agree to know less if you want to know anything.
July 2016
25
Visions
On the anniversary of America's first nuclear disaster, when the Manhattan Project still ruled the bomb...
15
Meditations
How the US came to have three major strategic nuclear platforms, and why it started calling them a "triad."
May 2016
27
Meditations
Some thoughts about the first sitting President to have visited Hiroshima.
23
Redactions
Digging into the unusual death of Louis Slotin and the fate of the bomb core that killed him.
 9
Visions
Taking a close look at the targets and consequences of a declassified US nuclear war plan.
April 2016
22
Visions
What do the shapes of nuclear weapons reveal, and what do they hide?
 8
Meditations
Inventing the bomb was hard. Maintaining the bomb was harder.
March 2016
18
Meditations
If you could talk about secrecy with the former head of the CIA and the NSA, what would you say?
February 2016
26
Visions
What does Frayn's famous play get wrong, and what does it get right?
12
Redactions
How did the first history of the atomic bomb end up in a Soviet Gulag prison?
 5
Redactions
The year in historical nuclear scholarship. 
January 2016
 9
News and Notes
Brief thoughts on the recent North Korean "H-bomb" test.
2015
December 2015
11
 4
Meditations
What caused the atomic spies of Los Alamos to do what they did? Somewhere in the zone between ideology and ego, monsters live.
November 2015
27
Visions
What does an atomic bomb scientist look like? Not just white men.
20
Redactions
Reading about the various radiation hazards in the Manhattan Project's history can be spine-tingling, even with a measured view of the dangers.
13
Redactions
At what point did the Manhattan Project scientists and administrators realize they weren't in a race with Nazi Germany after all?
 6
Visions
The popular version of Oppenheimer at Los Alamos is one of infinite competence, confidence, and charm. The reality is far more complex.
October 2015
30
Redactions
One of the most unusual, curious, and controversial members of the Manhattan Project was their in-house newspaperman from the New York Times.
23
Redactions
How far would Manhattan Project security go to deal with a problematic genius?
13
Visions
Some notes on doing historical consulting for the period-piece, neo-noir drama, "Manhattan."
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