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Cover-Up at Ground Zero [electronic resource]: Atomic Bomb Testing and the "Downwinders

ABC News Productions
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
In the early days of the Cold War, peace and prosperity reigned in America. In the aftermath of World War II, American citizens were assured by the government that the weapon used to defeat the Japanese would now secure the peace, but at what cost? Prison inmates, mentally retarded teenagers, and pregnant women were all exposed to radiation so scientists could study its effects. Above-ground testing in the Nevada desert exposed thousands of people to radiation clouds. This ABC News program introduces viewers to the people known as the "downwinders," and discovers why they have come to believe they are victims of one of the deadliest cover-ups in the nation's history.
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44 min.
11 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 10, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Atomic Bomb Testing and the "Downwinders
Related Title
ABC world news tonight (Television program)
  • Introduction: Cover Up at Ground Zero (2:02)
  • Nevada Test Site (2:05)
  • The Downwinders (5:12)
  • The Atomic Energy Commission (3:14)
  • Claudia Peterson (3:09)
  • Test Bomb "Dirty Harry" (6:33)
  • Radiation Fallout Increasing (1:05)
  • Leukemia Rates Rise (2:00)
  • Parents React to Child Death (5:03)
  • Camp Desert Rock (3:13)
  • 1983: Atomic Veterans Sue (1:59)
  • 1979: Downwinders Sue (1:09)
  • Prescott vs. U.S. (7:02)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c1994.
Recording Info
Broadcast date: February 02, 1994.
Publisher no.
54306 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (44 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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