Stuff you need to know, 7.22.23

“Film Review: Oppenheimer”
by Devin Leary, The Paper
July 20, 2023

Shot-in-NewMexico biopic of the “Father of the Atomic Bomb” opening this weekend is a not only a bracingly dark and hugely entertaining psychodrama, it is a masterful exploration of mid-century scientific discovery and the repercussive fallout of exposing the inner workings of the universe.

Click on the above link to read this free-access review.

Collateral damage: American civilian survivors of the 1945 Trinity test
by Leslie M. M. Blume, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
July 17, 2023

The Trinity test site 125 miles southeast of Albuquerque was chosen, in part, for its supposed remove from human inhabitation. Yet nearly half-a-million people were living within a 150-mile radius of the Trinity explosion, which included more than half of New Mexico’s population, parts of two counties in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico. No civilians were given advance warning of the top-secret test, even though the Manhattan Project leadershad been advised of the likely parameters and dangers of radioactive fallout.

Click on the above link to read this free-access piece.

“‘People have been dying ever since’: Anger mixes with hope for NM Downwinders”
by Danielle Prokop, Source NM
July 19, 2023

With the Trinity test hitting its 78th anniversary and the “Oppenheimer” premiere this week, Downwinders hope for more eyes on their story.

Click on the above link to read this free-access article.


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Diana Tittle
Diana Tittle

Diana Tittle, a member of the board of Sierra County Public-Interest Journalism Project, was the editor of the Sierra County Sun, the Citizen's precursor. A former resident of Truth or Consequences who now lives part-time in northern New Mexico, she spent her 42-year professional career in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, book author and publisher and publishing consultant. She is the recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature.

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