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Talks of nuclear disarmament take on added importance amid Russia’s war with Ukraine

A Houston history professor and the producer of a new PBS film discuss renewed reasons to consider nuclear disarmament.


A photo provided by the North Korean government showing what it says is an intercontinental ballistic missile in a launching drill on March 16, 2023.


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Next Wednesday night at 10, Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a special called In Search of Resolution, about global efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament.

Robert Frye is the program’s producer, and the subject of nuclear disarmament is one that he's been exploring for decades, including in an Emmy Award-winning series about nuclear threats he produced in the early 1980s for ABC News in conjunction with the airing of the TV movie The Day After.

In the audio above, we talk with Frye about his film and how its production last year coincided with the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Then, we chat with Peter Caldwell, a history professor ar Rice University and director of the university’s Program in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. Last year, he co-taught a class on the war in Ukraine.

We explore what that war underscores about the uncertainty of nuclear security, and what role Houston can play in moving discussion about nuclear disarmament forward.

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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