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37th Summer Of The Bomb


Footage tape containing excerpt of interview with Dr. Howard Hiatt, Dean of the School of Public Health, Harvard University, discussing his concerns over the inability of local Boston hospitals to treat patients in the event of a nuclear bomb explosion over Boston. Later, intros and outros by Erik Barnouw, Professor Emeritus, Columbia University.

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37th Summer Of The Bomb
Program Description

Program focuses on the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. The program features two films, the first is a compilation film, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 1945”, produced by Columbia University Professor Emeritus Erik Barnouw, utilizing Japanese footage of the aftermath, destruction, and survivors of the atomic blasts. The footage had been recently (1981) declassified by the U.S. government, who had seized the material shortly after World War II. The first film is introduced and concluded by comments from Professor Barnouw.

Before showing the second film, in an interview, Dr. Howard Hiatt, Dean of the School of Public Health, Harvard University , remarks on the state of unpreparedness, on the part of Boston area hospitals, to treat the potential number of patients in the event of an atomic bomb being dropped on Boston.

The second film is the 1978 animated film, by Renzo Kinoshita, entitled “Pica-Don” portraying the bombings from the perspective of the ordinary Japanese civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 1981.



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Broadcast program

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War and Conflict
Chicago: “37th Summer Of The Bomb,” 08/05/1981, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 23, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD4B3DA5D62148118FE998CE19274DA2.
MLA: “37th Summer Of The Bomb.” 08/05/1981. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 23, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD4B3DA5D62148118FE998CE19274DA2>.
APA: 37th Summer Of The Bomb. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FD4B3DA5D62148118FE998CE19274DA2
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