About This Episode
Following World War II, as the United States plunged into the Cold War, scientists raced to keep the nation secure in the nuclear age. They lacked a full understanding of atomic weaponry's destructive scope and knew the bomb had to be tested further. Ultimately, atomic testing sites, including one in Nevada, were established.
The Test delves into the rise of "atomic culture" and examines the role that the former test site serves today in preparing first responders for the fight against terrorism and other dangers. Featured interviews include former Nevada Senator Richard Bryan, who in his early career worked at the Nevada Test Site, now known as the Nevada National Security Site; Congresswoman and author of "Bombs in The Backyard" Dina Titus; and Darwin Morgan of the U.S. Department of Energy, and a former employee of the Nevada Test.