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Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (Promo)

Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang (Promo)

A poignant documentary exposing the government's suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation after nuclear tests in the 50s - even more relevant since the release of radiation in Japan, and reports about a potential government cover-up of the effects of Chernobyl.

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Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang
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A poignant and potent documentary that exposes the government's suppression of the health hazards of low-level radiation -- even more relevant since the release of radiation from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, and reports that long-term effects of the Chernobyl disaster may have been covered up.

Paul Jacobs, a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine, was himself a victim of lung cancer which his doctors believe he contracted while he was investigating nuclear policies in 1957. He died before this film was finished in 1979. This film explores the effects of radiation exposure on American citizens in Utah and Arizona living downwind from the Nevada nuclear tests of the Fifties; servicemen exposed to nuclear blasts in Nevada and the Pacific; and the farmers living around the Rocky Flats, Colorado plant which produced plutonium triggers. By the time this film was released, a lot of them had died from the radiation. Jacobs also interviews government scientists, some of whom were fired when their research indicated the dangers of low-level radiation.

This program won an Emmy and the George Polk Award for investigative journalism 1978. Produced by Jack Willis and Saul Landau.

 


Chernobyl: The Real Story

Chernobyl: The Real Story

Watch a related Earth Focus special report on the long-term effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, online now!

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