WGVU interview with Shelley Irwin
April 23, 2013 | WGVU This Sunday at 5 pm, WGVU TV presents In My Lifetime, a documentary that asks whether nuclear disarmament can ever be achieved. We speak with filmmaker Robert Frye.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: It is Now 5 Minutes to Midnight
WASHINGTON, D.C. — January 10, 2012 — Faced with inadequate progress on nuclear weapons reduction and proliferation, and continuing inaction on climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) announced today that it has moved the hands of its famous “Doomsday Clock” to five minutes to midnight.
COUNCIL OF DELEGATES
OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS
AND RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT
26 November 2011
Working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons
Vienna, 25 March 2011
“The CTBTO stands ready to further cooperate with and provide expert advice to the IAEA and other relevant organizations and for its global monitoring system to continue contributing to disaster prevention and mitigation,” the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Tibor Tóth said today. He made this pledge during a video conference called by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to re-examine the international emergency response framework in case of nuclear accidents.
Vienna, 11 March 2011
Monitoring stations belonging to the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) contributed to the rapid alerts issued by tsunami warning centres in the Pacific region following the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japanon Friday 11 March. The data from about 20 seismic and hydroacoustic stations were sent directly and in real time to seven warning centres in the region, including in Japan and the United States (Hawaii).
North Korea Nuclear Test Explosion
Go to http://www.ctbto.org for more information
WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota – “The John Hines Show” with John Hines
WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Interview with John Hines
The John Hines Show
April 11, 2013
Entry into force of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty brought closer by Indonesia’s ratification –
CTBTO Executive Secretary Tibor Tóth
An IAEA report on nuclear verification in Iran was circulated on 8 November 2011 to the Agency’s Board of Governors and the UN Security Council.
The Agency’s 35-member Board of Governors will consider the report at its next meeting in Vienna from 17 November 2011. The document’s circulation is currently restricted to IAEA Member States and unless the IAEA Board decides otherwise the Agency cannot authorize its release to the public.
The report, Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, was issued by the IAEA Director General. It covers developments since the last report on 2 September 2011, as well as issues of longer standing.
CLICK HERE to read online and for resources and more information.
Daily Update from Japan
Suzuki is a member of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs in Japan. Over the upcoming days, the goal of this personal column is to inform the public for better and accurate understanding of what is happening in Japan. The situation at the nuclear power stations in Japan is changing rapidly, and these updates reflect what the understanding of the tragedy is at the time of publishing; the statements are likely to change as more information is understood.
Distributed by The Video Project, PO Box 411376, San Francisco, CA 94141-1376; 800-475-2638
Produced by Robert E. Frye
DVD, color, 109 min.
College – General Adult
Cold War, Atomic Bombs, Nuclear Testing, World History
Date Entered: 8/3/2012
People often say we live in the “nuclear age,” but what that means is never entirely clear. This documentary captures the spirit, or rather spirits, of that era – from its beginnings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the present.
Read full review HERE
Monday November 28, 2011
Australian Red Cross has spearheaded a decision taken on the weekend in Geneva by the supreme governing body of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to work towards a legally binding international agreement to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again and are ultimately eliminated.
New York, 23 September 2011
On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) opening for signature, world leaders affirmed their commitment to the Treaty. They recognized that the CTBT had established an international norm against nuclear testing which needed to become international law. Entry into force of CTBT long overdue Foreign ministers and high-level representatives from ratifying States participated in the conference. There were also a number of representatives of States Signatories including China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Israel and the United Statesas well as Pakistan as a non-signatory State. States considered the CTBT an important element of the international security architecture and a crucial instrument for moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons. It was stressed that the entry into force of the CTBT was long overdue.
By Hugh Gusterson | 16 March 2011
from The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
As an anthropologist, I am always interested in what humans learn from their mistakes. Can humans change their behavior, thereby improving their chances of survival, not just through natural selection, but also through cultural learning? Or are we hardwired to repeat our mistakes over and over, like humanoid lemmings?
In My Lifetime:
The Nuclear World Project is now part of The United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs Education Video Library as featured in the Spotlight
“In My Lifetime” takes on the complex realities of “the nuclear world”, and searches internationally for an answer to the question is there a Way Beyond Nuclear Weapons? This documentary is part wake up call, part challenge for people to engage with the issue of ridding the world of the most destructive weapon ever invented.
Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires
Executive Director and Publisher
The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists
Beyond Sand and Oil: The Nuclear Middle East
Nuclear Arms Control Negotiator
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
High Representative for Disarmament
United Nations Secretariat
Director General (1997-2009)
International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)
Nobel Peace Prize 2005
President of Iceland 1980 – 1996
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Shuntaro Hida, M.D.
The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy
The Nuclear Borderlands
US Ambassador to the Soviet Union 1987-1991
Toshiteru Okubo M.D.
Radiation Effects Research Foundation
James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies
The Monterey Institute of International Studies
Ellen Wilder Bradbury Reid
Manhattan Project Historian
Daughter of Ed Wilder
Manhattan Project Chemical Engineer
Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
The Twilight of The Bombs
Face to Face with the Bomb
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization
Kazumichi Terai, Choirmaster
And The Himawari (‘Sunflower’) Choir
Professor, The Russian Studies Program
The Monterey Institute of International Studies
Books and Publications Authored by the Cast
- Beyond Sand and Oil: The Nuclear Middle East
Book by Jack Caravelli
- Cold War: Building for Nuclear Confrontation 1945-1989
Book by Wayne Cocroft
- Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality after The Cold War
Book by Paul Shambroom
- Monitoring Nuclear Underground Explosions
Book by Ola Dahlman
- Nuclear Borderlands
- Nuclear Physical Methods in Radioecological Investigations
Book by Siegfried Hecker
- Nuclear Proliferation in the 21st Century
- Nuclear Rites
Book by Hugh Guterson
- The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times
Book by Mohamed ElBaradei
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb – Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Book by Richard Rhodes
- The Twilight of the Bombs
Book by Richard Rhodes
The In My Lifetime Learner’s Guide is a companion to the documentary In My Lifetime, which is part of The Nuclear World Project. This site is published and maintained by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), working in association with Whistling Communications, the producer of In My Lifetime and manager of The Nuclear World Project
Articles & Speeches
” The following commentary by Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy on the Second Conference of the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons ”
Syracuse native’s documentary explores history, future of nuclear weapons
Not long after Bob Frye graduated from Fayetteville-Manlius High School in 1957, he entered the army where he worked on nuclear weapons. More than half a century later, he’s educating the public on the history and future of humanity’s gravest threat.
n My Lifetime uses footage from the documentary film The Effects of the Atomic Bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the only film shot immediately after the war, while the cities were still deserts of debris, the wounds were fresh, and the thousands suffering from radiation sickness were still alive. Here’s how historian Abe Mark Nornes describes the 22 minute film that was supressed for decades (original source link):
My fellow Americans:
Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.
This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.
Second International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons
Delegations representing 146 States, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement and civil society organizations, participated in the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons held in Nayarit, Mexico, on 13 and 14 February 2014, to discuss global and long term consequences of any nuclear detonation, accidental or deliberate, from the perspective and concerns of the 21st century society, including areas such as public health, humanitarian assistance, the economy, development and environmental issues , climate change, food security and risk management, amongst others.
Before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy
Madame President, Members of the General Assembly:
When Secretary General Hammarskjold’s invitation to address this General Assembly reached me in Bermuda, I was just beginning a series of conferences with the Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers of Great Britain and of France. Our subject was some of the problems that beset our world.
The Beginning: The Trinity Blast
July 16, 1945
Mountain War Time
On July 16, 1945 the first atomic bomb exploded. The bomb known as “The Gadget” had been hoisted to the top of a tower the evening before. The explosion vaporized the tower and the sand beneath the blast turned to glass. Today a crater and obelisk marks the Trinity site in the desert of southern New Mexico. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Scientific Director of the top secret Manhattan Project thought of this quote from the Bhagavad-Gita as he saw the flash of light, followed by sound and wind, followed by the first telltale signs of a mushroom cloud forming on the early morning horizon. Standing beside Oppenheimer was the Test director Kenneth Bainbridge “Now we are all sons of bitches”. There was a pride of their scientific achievement, but it was also the beginning of the struggle among many there as they reflected on the consequences of the weapon they had created. “The lighting effects beggared description. The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun. It was golden, purple, violet, gray, and blue. It lighted every peak, crevasse and ridge of the nearby mountain range with a clarity and beauty that cannot be described but must be seen to be imagined” General Thomas Farrell observed at the Trinity site.
Historical Publications Related to the Film
- Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement
Lawrence S. Wittner
Book by John Hersey
- Japanese Documentary Film The Meji Era through Hiroshima
Documentary by Abe Mark Nornes
- The Bells of Nagasaki
Book by Takashi Nagai
- The Voice of the Dolphins
Book by Leo Szilard
- The World Set Free
Book by H.G. Wells
- Volume 1: The Struggle Against the Bomb: One World or None: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement Through 1953
Volume One of Lawrence Wittner’s three volume history on nuclear disarmament
- Volume 2: The Struggle Against the Bomb : Resisting the Bomb – A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1954-1970
Volume Two of Lawrence Wittner’s three volume history on nuclear disarmament
- Volume 3: Toward Nuclear Abolition: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, 1971-Present
Volume Three of Lawrence Wittner’s three volume history on nuclear disarmament
1945- The United States uses atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
1949- On 29 August, the Soviet Union became the second state to detonate a nuclear device.
1949- According to its defense doctrine of November 1949, NATO defense plans call for insuring “the ability to carry out strategic bombing including the prompt delivery of the atomic bomb. This is primarily a US responsibility assisted as practicable by other nations.”
The First Atomic Bomb Detonation
On July 16, 1945 the first atomic bomb was set off, the bomb had been hoisted to the top of a small tower the evening before, the explosion vaporized the tower and the sand beneath the blast turned to glass. Today a crater and obelisk marks the Trinity site in the desert of southern New Mexico. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the top secret Manhattan Project thought of this quote from the Bhagavad-Gita as he saw the flash of light, followed by sound and wind, and the first telltale signs of a mushroom cloud forming on the early morning horizon. Standing beside Oppenheimer was the Test director Kenneth Bainbridge “Now we are all sons of bitches”.
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons”:
Interviews & Podcasts
Documentary on the Debate with Nuclear Weapons and Eliminating the Atomic Threat.
Broadcast of the documentary aired on Thursday, July 18th at 9pm on WTVS in Detroit.
Director and Producer of In My Lifetime Robert E. Frye speaks with Craig about the documentary that shares the history of nuclear weapons. In My Lifetime features moments in our history as well as current issues regarding nuclear weapons.
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Interviews Bob Frye
Pittsburgh KQV Global Press Conference is the Council’s weekly radio show. The half-hour program reaches over 45,000 listeners per week. Program topics and/or times are subject to change.
To hear the interview with Bob Frye, click here.
WCCO, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Interview with John Hines
The John Hines Show
April 11, 2013
Bob Frye on The Campbell Conversations
Bob Frye is the producer and director of a new documentary on the nuclear arms race and disarmament. Frye is a former producer for ABC News. In this conversation with Grant Reeher, he discusses his personal motivations for the film and whether we’ve lost touch with the dangers posed by nuclear arsenals.
Hear the interview here
Organizations Around the World
providing resources and information on nuclear weapons
- 2020 Vision Campaign
Our message is simple: eliminate the nuclear threat. The 2020 Vision Campaign works to make this goal a reality by 2020, and achieve our vision of a nuclear-free world in which cities are no longer held in jeopardy.
- Abolition 2000
Abolition 2000 is an international global network working for a treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons within a time-bound framework.
- Acronym Institute for Disamament Diplomacy (The)
The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy has been working since 1995 to promote effective approaches to international security, disarmament and arms control.
- Arms Control Association
ACA provides information on effective policy solutions to deal with the risks posed by nuclear weapons and it publishes the journal, Arms Control Today.
- Atomic Heritage Foundation (The)
Dedicated to preserving the history of the Manhattan Project
- Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (The)
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences.
- Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
CND campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.
- Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
The Council is a forum for the world’s leading thinkers, experts, and decision-makers.
- Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC)
Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation produces policy-relevant scholarship on international security issues, teaches and trains future generations of security specialists, and advises policy makers on the formulation of i
- Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization
The Preparatory Commission is an international organization financed by the CTBT States Signatories.
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
We believe that nations must move toward comprehensive disarmament. We urge the elimination of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.
- International Atomic Energy Agency
The IAEA is the world´s center of cooperation in the nuclear field.
- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
ICAN aims to galvanize public and government support for multilateral negotiations on a Nuclear Weapons Convention without further delay
- International Committee of the Red Cross
Since the end of World War II the ICRC has held the view that it is difficult to envisage how the use of nuclear weapons could be compatible with the principles and rules of international humanitarian law
- International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
IPPNW is a non-partisan federation of national medical groups in 62 countries, representing tens of thousands of doctors, medical students, other health workers, and concerned citizens who share the common goal of creating a more peaceful and secure world
- James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
CNS combats the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by training the next generation of nonproliferation specialists and disseminating timely information and analysis.
- Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
The Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy advocates for the global elimination of nuclear weapons and a more just and peaceful world through respect for international law.
- Mayors for Peace
The Mayors for Peace, through close cooperation among the cities, strives to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons and contributes to the realization of genuine and lasting world peace
- Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Despite the end of the nuclear standoff of the Cold War era, nuclear weapons continue to threaten the people of the world with catastrophic possibilities.
- Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament
A global non-partisan network of legislators collaborating to reduce nuclear dangers, prevent nuclear proliferation and achieve a nuclear-weapons-free world
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
PSR is a non-profit organization that is the medical and public health voice for policies to prevent nuclear war and proliferation and to slow, stop and reverse global warming and toxic degradation of the environment.
- Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs
Pugwash and its co-founder, Sir Joseph Rotblat, were awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize for it’s work. In accepting the Nobel Prize Sir Joseph called on everyone, especially scientists to “Above all, remember your humanity”.
- Reaching Critical Will
Reaching Critical Will strives for the abolition of nuclear weapons. As a project of the oldest women’s peace organisation in the world, RCW recognises that nuclear weapons play an integral role in the militarism, ecological destruction, and social injust
- The Western States Legal Foundation
Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF) is a non-profit, public interest organization founded in 1982, which monitors and analyzes U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies and related high technology energy and weapons programs, with a focus on the natio
- United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
Our Office seeks to promote global norms of disarmament: * Global norms for disarmament are vital to the sustainable development, quality of life, and ultimately the survival of this planet.