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The World’s Biggest Bomb

Full Episode

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists embarked on a perilous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. Initially, the Americans led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break […]

The World’s Biggest Bomb

Behind the Scenes Gallery

See archival images, stills from reenactments, and images of individuals featured in The World’s Biggest Bomb.

The World’s Biggest Bomb

Production Biographies

Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes is an American journalist and historian is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for […]

The World’s Biggest Bomb

Preview

Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists embarked on a perilous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built. Initially, the Americans led the way, but then left the field clear for the Soviet Union to break […]

Killer Flu

The Evolution of a Virus

Learn how the 1918 flu genome is helping to answer mysteries about the flu virus, such as where it originated, why it was so virulent, and why it struck with such ferocity among presumably healthy young adults.