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Author Exposes Threat of Nuclear Mishaps

You may remember investigative journalist Eric Schlosser as the guy who ruined fast food for you, at least for a time. His book Fast Food Nation was a best-selling exposé of the American food industry, and thanks to him, we all know too well how the chicken nuggets are made. Well, now he’s back to […]

Eric Schlosser’s latest book: “Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.”

You may remember investigative journalist Eric Schlosser as the guy who ruined fast food for you, at least for a time. His book Fast Food Nation was a best-selling exposé of the American food industry, and thanks to him, we all know too well how the chicken nuggets are made.

Well, now he’s back to scare the heck out of us about nuclear safety. And he brought that conversation to Houston on Tuesday.

In his new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, Schlosser details a number of near misses – accidents and oversights – that could have resulted in a nuclear weapon detonating on U-S soil or falling into the wrong hands.

Before Schlosser addressed the Houston-based civic speaker organization The Progressive Forum, he sat down with Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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