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Life After Nagasaki, The Stories Of Five Survivors

In 1945, the United States dropped two atomic bombs in Japan, killing more than 200,000 individuals within a year.

Tens of thousands of other individuals survived, but little is known or documented about their lives. In Japan these individuals are called“hibakusha,” which means atomic-bomb affected people. Writer Susan Southardspent 12 years researching how radiation exposure, government-denial, and psychological trauma have impacted the lives of five hibakusha individuals who were all teenagers when the bomb was dropped.

She tells their stories in “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War”(Viking Penguin/2016). Southard speaks about her work and the ethics of nuclear warfare as part of theRuth Pauley Lecture Series at Sandhills Community College tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.Host Frank Stasio talks with Southard about her work.​


Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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