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Daniel Ellsberg reveals the dangers of the US nuclear program in "The Doomsday Machine"


On this edition of Your Call, we revisit our conversation with whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

The United States has spent decades building a "doomsday machine" – nuclear firepower that could wipe out humanity. In his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, Ellsberg documents the development of the US nuclear war plan and the flaws that make the system so unstable and dangerous. What can be done to defuse this deadly system, which is on a hair-trigger? 


Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, and the whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg will be in conversation with Peter Coyote Sunday, June 10, 4:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S. More information here.

Web Resources:

The New York Review of Books: The Nuclear Worrier

Argus Courier: Daniel Ellsberg to discuss the end of world in Petaluma

Aeon: The Deterrence Myth

Independent: Donald Trump is more sinister than Richard Nixon, says Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.