ATOM DAYS is a sweeping saga that tells the entire story of the nuclear age. The project is intended to be produced as a a six-part documentary television mini-series and companion educational Website for main stream adult audiences. If you are Interested in participating in the development of this property please Contact Us.

Part 1 - Dawn of the Atom:
The history of atomic physics dates back to the dawn of western civilization. The word “Atom” comes from the Greek term indivisible. The philosophers Democritus and Leucippus proposed that matter was made up of indivisible particles. The cocepts of these “Atomists” would later be fostered by scientists of the seventeenth century and led to the breakthroughs by physicists who opened the door to the atomic century.

Part 2 - Quest for the Atom:
With the threat of Adolph Hitler’s fascist state looming, many eminent European atomic scientists fled from religious persecution and came to the United States; including Albert Einstein. Many of these scientists were recruited into the now famous Manhattan Project and lived in secret isolation developing an atomic weapon. On July 16, 1945 at a test site named “Trinity” in Alamogordo New Mexico, the first atomic explosive device was tested. Three weeks later, the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing nearly 70,000 people.

 

Part 3 - Trials of the Atom:
The series reveals the untold story of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and examines the Post War and early Cold War years that mark the prolific testing of all grades and sizes of atomic weapons. After the destruction of the Bikini Atoll islands in the Pacific, the U.S. began extensive testing in Nevada that resulted in the radioactive contaminations of thousands of its citizens. In 1949, Soviet Russia exploded its first atomic device, sparking the Cold War. In response, the United States unveiled the hydrogen bomb; a super weapon a thousand times more powerful than the atom bombs dropped on Japan during World War II. Less than a year later the Soviets tested their own H-Bomb.

Part 4 - Race with the Atom:
In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite into space demonstrating their ability to conduct a nuclear attack on the United States with long-range missiles. The United States responded with the development of its own missile programs and nuclear-armed submarines capable of striking the Soviet Union. During this time, Great Britain, China and France, had also developed and tested their own atomic weapons. In 1962, the Soviets secretly deployed offensive nuclear missiles to communist Cuba resulting in a crisis that nearly started a nuclear war. By the end of the 1970’s, the superpowers had stockpiled enough nuclear weapons to destroy every city on earth.

 

Part 5 - Legacy of the Atom:
The “Atoms for Peace” program promoted by President Eisenhower led to a proliferation of civil nuclear energy programs throughout the world. Discover what really happened at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and other lesser-known nuclear accidents. By 2005, approximately 280,000 metric tons radioactive waste had accumulated worldwide and yet to date no nation has an operating repository for radioactive nuclear waste. Despite this, the United States and many other nations are planning the construction of hundreds of new nuclear reactors in collaboration with the world’s energy consortiums.

Part 6 - Chasing the Atom:
After the cold war, a series of international nuclear weapons limitation treaties collectively known as the “Non-Proliferation Regime” were developed by the world’s nuclear powers to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the technology use for civil nuclear power programs were re-purposed to develop nuclear weapons by Israel, India and Pakistan. This “duel use” technology was then sold to the rogue nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea by Pakistan’s senior nuclear scientist; A.Q. Khan. Nuclear weapons may now be in the hands of those not guided by international law but only by their own agenda. Today, the terrifying prospect of a nuclear terrorist attack is now possible - if not probable. Is it too late to reverse all the damage?

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