Jan 5, 2021
In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with award winning journalist, historian and author Lesley Blume about her book Fallout. This is the story of how the U.S tried to hide the true nature of the bombs dropped on Japan. An almost year long cover-up was broken by New Yorker journalist John Hersey in what was the scoop of the century. Hersey detailed the events and aftermath of the bombings through the eyes of six civilian victims in a way that captured the world's attention and compassion. Released on the 75th anniversary of the bombings Blume details why Hersey's piece is even more important now than ever. This shows us yet again, why journalism is so important to a working and free democracy. Required reading for all, I hope you will.