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The Cold War topic features interviews with historians, scientists, philosophers, activists, artists, working people and children offering perspectives on what it meant to live in the shadow of numbing concepts such as "mutually assured destruction," the atomic bomb and the Space Race. Terkel's interview with philosopher Bertrand Russell during the Cuban Missile Crisis is a classic and his program with radio pioneer Norman Corwin, Overkill, and Megalove combines elements of radio drama and sound art to capture the often bizarre spirit of the Cold War.

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The Cold War topic features interviews with historians, scientists, philosophers, activists, artists, working people and children offering perspectives on what it meant to live in the shadow of numbing concepts such as "mutually assured destruction," the atomic bomb and the Space Race.