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The Age of Radiance: Atomic Energy’s Rise and Fall

Nuclear power can conjure nightmarish images of Hiroshima, but it fuels everything from microwaves to medicine, and this paradoxical energy source defined the 20th century. This hour we’ll talk not just about the radiation we fear, but the radiance behind earthquakes, the stuff that causes and cures cancer, and the radioactivity of the human body.