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Science on the AirPopularizers and Personalities on Radio and Early Television$
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Marcel Chotkowski LaFollette

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226467597

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226466958.001.0001

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Broadcasting the Voice of the Atom

Broadcasting the Voice of the Atom

(p.179) Chapter Nine Broadcasting the Voice of the Atom
Science on the Air
University of Chicago Press

By the summer of 1945, when the atomic bomb reaffirmed science's alliance with the body politic, the tone and direction of popularization had already shifted. Postwar coverage of atomic energy began in celebration and curiosity, but within months even radio—that comforting source of baseball, music, and laughter—was exploring the terrible potential of atomic warfare, the acrimonious political debate over military versus civilian control of the atom, and the chilling implications of increased scientific secrecy. Having previously been dramatized and humanized, science on the radio now became more politicized.

Keywords:   World War II, atomic bomb, science popularization, radio, atomic energy

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