Super Critical Podcast #60: Notorious

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In this episode, we called our sommelier for advice on the best atomic alcohol to drink while watching the Alfred Hitchcock movie Notorious (1946) telling a spy romance story that discovers uranium ore stashed in a wine bottle owned by ex-Nazis hiding out in Brazil. How did Hitchcock introduce the first major atomic MacGuffin plot device so soon after the reveal of the Manhattan Project? What could a rogue element do with uranium ore hidden in a wine cellar? Why don’t the ex-Nazis hide the uranium in a bottle of Wild Turkey because nobody would ever want to look closer at that bottle. Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and co-host Gabe answer these questions and more.

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  • Students will learn about how filmmakers expressed and developed the nuclear threat imaginary.
  • hey will be able to evaluate whether the quantity of uranium ore depicted in the film Notorious would present a genuine threat.
  • They will also be about to identify different plot devices, such as the MacGuffin.

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