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Would You Have Dropped the Atomic Bomb?

Sixty years ago tomorrow, the crew of an American B-29 bomber dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan.

Madeleine Brand talks with Mark Straus, editor of the magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which published the responses of historians, physicists and diplomats who were asked if they would or would not have used atomic weapons to end the war with Japan.

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Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand is the host of NPR’s newest and fastest-growing daily show, Day to Day. She conducts interviews with newsmakers (Iraqi politicians, US senators), entertainment figures (Bernardo Bertolluci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Gervais), and the everyday people affected by the news (an autoworker laid off at GM, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq).