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FRONTLINE; Loose Nukes

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Loose Nukes
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

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"Frontline" investigates the new nuclear nightmare of the post-Cold War era. While the fear of nuclear annihilation has faded, the stockpile of 1,400 tons of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium -- enough nuclear material to make roughly 100,000 weapons -- is vulnerable to theft in the former Soviet Union. Top American officials call its potential diversion to rogue states or terrorist groups a major threat to U.S. national security. "Frontline" examines the most serious case of nuclear smuggling in Russia to date and explores the perilous state of nuclear security in a country already rife with chaos and corruption.



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