HV022- Mushroom Cloud

Cartoon of man with atomic explosion in his eyesHearing Voices from NPR®
022 Mushroom Cloud: Tales of the Atomic Age
Host: Larry Massett of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2012-08-01 (Originally: 2008-07-30)

Documents of our changing perceptions of weapons of mass destruction:

Bomber pilots and bombing victims, and and Colonel Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay in “Enola Alone” by Antenna Theater, mixed by Earwax.

Political speeches and popular songs chart our changing attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction in the “Atomic Age.” Residents recall the Nevada and Utah nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s in their “Downwinder Diaries,” produced by Claes Andreasson.

Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has “Wild Dreams of a New Beginning,” an excerpt from “One of These days (or Nights)” produced for radio by Erik Bauersfeld (Bay Area Radio Drama), with sound design by Jim McKee (Earwax), and original music by Wieslaw Pogorzelski.

Americans across the country answer Scott Carrier‘s question: “What Are You Afraid Of?”

The story of the Big Bang, with a beat, “Page One” by Lemon Jelly.

And selections from “Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security” compiled by CONELRAD.com (including Slim Galliard’s “Atomic Cocktail” (1945), versions of “Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb” by Lowell Blanchard & The Valley Trio (1949) and by The Pilgrim Travelers, and 1950-60s Civil Defense public service announcements.

Mushroom Cloud (53:00 mp3):

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Comments (6)

Trying to download these podcasts and having no success. There is no link that I can find to allow any but the latest one to be downloaded. Am I going to the wrong place th get them?

Comment added by steve mickle on 08.09.08

not sure where you’re going to get the podcast,
or how you’re getting them (podcast program? manual download)
aka, you’ve provided too little info for me to help ya much.

but if you are using a podcast client, like iTunes, to auto-download,
try our HV at NPR podcast, w/ the last ten episodes:

if you our d/l’ing manually by clicking the mp3 link on a webpage,
here’s HV’s archive w/ all our episodes:

Comment added by BG on 08.11.08

For the last month, I have been burning through the HV archives. Listening to programs while I jog or use an aerobic exercise machine in the gym. HV022 is my favorite HearingVoices thus far. I sent the URL to a dozen colleagues. As a lad, I huddled below my wooden desk [kindling] during Nuclear Attack Drills. As pre-teens, my brother and I mail-ordered militaryesque ‘dog tags’ to wear so our bodies could be identified, post-apocalypse. On request, Mom woke us early one summer’s morning to watch US Army personnel move into an area under the mushroom shape cloud of a ‘tactical nuclear artillery exercise’ in Utah shown on NBC Today Show hosted by Dave Garraway. Its a wonder we survived. Long ago and far away. Thanks for the remembrances. And thanks for the story of the ‘downwinders’. Your program archive is a fantastic asset / reservoir / resource of infortainment. I have grown fond of your producers.

Comment added by Jack R. Box on 03.17.09

Thank you for airing Downwind Diaries…as I get older and wiser, it is so difficult to be proud to be an American. As most Americans, we were raised to believe that ‘we’ were the good guys…a horrific reality of what ‘our’ Military and Government have done in the name of ‘protecting Americans’ – despicable and shameful.

Comment added by Lisa O on 08.07.12

I’ve been a fan of HV for four years now and while every producer has a gift for bringing stories to life, I think Larry Massett and Scott Carrier do the most remarkable job at absorbing the listener into the episode. Scott Carrier is so talented at reporting a piece while being an active participant in the story, and his bumpy, intimate and sometimes sad humanity has been a comfort for many of my friends and myself. Larry Massett’s appeal is harder to trace out, he has a great voice and dead-pan delivery, for instance his audio-diary of his cavities is one of my favorite pieces of radio. Thank you HV for your off-beat style and personality, I hope there will be new episodes soon!

Comment added by stephen w on 08.20.12

Look sharp for the small .mp3 link at the end of the description near the play and stop buttons.


Control right click and download as or click on link audio and save audio as.

Sad this podcast is no more and not available on itunes. I miss it terribly.

Comment added by Ramona M. Cavanaugh on 07.27.14

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