Does Having Nuclear Weapons Make Us Safer?

 50 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis

Half a century ago, the Cuban Missile Crisis set the U.S. on edge as we faced for the first time the idea that nuclear war might be imminent. Popular belief might be that the nuclear age ended with the Cold War, but we still live in a nuclear world—where a few pushes of a button could destroy the Earth with ease.

Author Richard S. Greeley shakes listeners from their complacency by shedding light on the stockpile of weapons still held by at least eight nations. A retired nuclear expert who developed and tested a bomb detection system in 1962, Greeley informs listeners of the lasting effects radioactive products have on the environment and human health. Greeley explores the legacy of the Cuban Missile Crisis on present nuclear activities, while offering solutions to eliminate the threat for future generations.

On your show Greeley will discuss:

  • The dramatic and destructive effects of a one megaton thermonuclear burst from within 35 miles.
  • Cancer and other health problems caused by the atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons prior to 1963.
  • How the large collection of “city buster” bombs like the ones dropped in Hiroshima, held by at least eight countries and capable of destroying entire towns, render each other essentially useless.

CREDENTIALS:  Richard S. Greeley holds a Ph. D. in physical chemistry with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee for his work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1962, he assisted the Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  These experiences influenced his book EMMIE AND ROGER: A Thermonuclear Romance.

AVAILABILITY:  PA, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone

CONTACT:  Richard Greeley, (610) 688-5864;

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