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The Trinity Test Legacy And The Birth Of The Atomic Bomb

WGN America

KUNM Call In Show Thur. 7/31 8 a.m.

July marked the 69th anniversary of the world's first detonation of an atomic bomb, in New Mexico. And on Monday, “Manhattan,” a fictional show about the scientists who made the bomb, premiered on WGN America.

We’ll be talking about this moment in U.S. history with an eye on how it affected New Mexicans. Did you know there were people living nearby when the Trinity test took place? What are the long-term effects of the Trinity test? What does it mean to us today that the first atomic bomb was detonated right here in our home state?

We’d love to hear from you! Email: callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.


• Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium

• Heather McClenahan, Los Alamos Historical Society


Inhabited Desert: The Untold Story of the Trinity Text—KUNM

Los Alamos Historical Society

The Trinity Test—History Channel

The First Nuclear Test in New Mexico—American Experience

On the Neutron Trail—Olivia Fermi

Marisa Demarco began a career in radio at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health for much of her time at the station. During the pandemic, she is also the executive producer for Your NM Government and No More Normal, shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice. She joined Source New Mexico as editor-in-chief in 2021.
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