EXHIBIT: Ducking the Bomb

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Science  19 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5776, pp. 977
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5776.977c

It was a time when New York City schoolchildren received dog tags so that their bodies could be identified after a nuclear attack. Mutant monsters swarmed across America's TV and movie screens, and songs like “Your Atom Bomb Heart” and “Radioactive Mama” hit the airwaves. For a cheeky history of the A-bomb's impact on popular culture, tune to CONELRAD, named for the emergency broadcasting system of the 1950s and 1960s. The Web site's personnel—a retired U.S. Air Force officer and two “civilian veterans” of the Cold War, a pop music historian and an editor—have compiled a thick dossier of rare nuclear-age memorabilia. Read the history of the famous civil-defense film Duck and Cover, or spin selections from the 1961 instructional record “If the Bomb Falls,” whose advice for stocking a fallout shelter included packing plenty of tranquilizers.


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