75 years ago: When atomic scientist Leo Szilard tried to halt dropping bombs over Japan

As this troubled summer rolls along, and the world begins to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation, and use, of the first atomic bombs, many special, or especially tragic, days will draw special attention.  They will include July 16 (first test of the weapon in New Mexico), August 6 (bomb dropped over Hiroshima) and August 9 (over Nagasaki).   Surely far fewer in the media and elsewhere will mark another key date:  July 3.

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'Pentagon Papers' reporter Daniel Ellsberg warns of nuclear dangers in Trump era

For most people, Daniel Ellsberg is known mainly for — or only for — the Pentagon Papers he leaked in 1971. And that’s plenty. It set in motion a landmark First Amendment case and led to shifts in public opinion that helped quicken the US withdrawal from Vietnam and the end to that war. Ellsberg was back in the public eye recently in relation to the epic 10-part PBS series on Vietnam, which included a lengthy segment on the Pentagon Papers — but his absence from the series as an interview subject drew criticism. Coming up: a movie drama on the Papers directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Escape under the Berlin Wall: When the Kennedy White House helped kill one of Daniel Schorr's greatest scoops

Not long before his death in 2010,  Daniel Schorr, the legendary CBS correspondent and proud member of Nixon's "enemies list"--and later a popular NPR commentator--would tell an interviewer that the suppression of one of his greatest journalistic scoops in 1962 was "a case of a boss of mine, who was a friend of President Kennedy, and it was possible for them to go to him and tell him the President asks you to do this.”  He paused. “And that’s the story of The CBS Tunnel That Wasn’t.”

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