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In My Lifetime

Airs Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The first test of an atomic bomb, code name Trinity. Conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945 at the new White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico. The detonation produced the explosive power of about 20 kilotons of TNT.

Credit: Courtesy of National Archives

The atomic cloud rises over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945.

"In My Lifetime" thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., "In My Lifetime" focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons.

In contemporary interviews, former heads of state, United Nations representatives, figures from the nuclear establishment, Manhattan Project scientists, Nobel Peace- and Pulitzer Prize-winners, military personnel and atomic-bomb survivors recount the birth of the nuclear age and detail the key developments that followed.

The film shifts between historical events, including the Cuban missile crisis and the historic 1986 Reykjavik Summit between Reagan and Gorbachev to present-day efforts to contain the spread of nuclear weapons.

"In My Lifetime" also details the obstacles — political and human — impeding a solution to this complex global issue.

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In My Lifetime Video Excerpt

Above: "In My Lifetime" thoughtfully and thoroughly examines the 68-year history of nuclear weapons — the most destructive force ever invented. Filmed in Europe, Japan and the U.S., "In My Lifetime" focuses on the continuing struggle of citizens, scientists and political leaders working to reduce or eliminate the atomic threat, while others search for ways to build nuclear weapons.

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In My Lifetime: Hiroshima August 6, 1945

Above: Hiroshima, Japan where the first atomic bomb used in war was dropped on August 6, 1945 by the United States.

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In My Lifetime: Photographer/Writer Paul Shambroom

Above: Photographer and writer Paul Shambroom tells of his experience photographing inside the nuclear weapons complex in the United States in his book "Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War."

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In My Lifetime: The First Treaties

Above: The first treaties to control the development and control of nuclear weapons began after the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

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In My Lifetime: Hibakusha

Above: Hibakusha are the survivors of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. The choir sends a message to the world through their singing and words as performed during the commemoration event at Nagasaki on August 9th.

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