Oppenheimer & The Well-Informed Layman on August 5, 1945

With the summer 2023 blockbuster Oppenheimer, many wonder whether the movie remains true to the actual history of the events it portrays. Spoiler Alert: It does. More interesting, though, is this question: What did the well-informed citizen think at that time? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report as we explore the state of the layman’s world as of August 5, 1945.

Public historian Chris Carosa delves deep into what a well-informed layman could know up to the day before the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.  He reveals that idea of an atomic bomb and its destructive effects were public information, and he tells you how we know this.

In the show’s second half, Carosa, citing contemporary stories, extrapolates on how this well-informed layman might guess what would happen next. He also points out some of the unknowns as of August 5, 1945, and why what’s considered obvious today was ignored until the effects of the bomb could be seen first-hand.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on StateOf.GreaterWesternNewYork.com because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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