In this special episode, we venture out of our cozy fallout bunker to watch the 1999 romantic comedy, Blast from the Past.
This is the second in our new series within the podcast -- Mini-Nuke episodes -- where we find movies that do not have enough nuclear nonsense for a full-sized episode but nonetheless demand over analyzation.
Tim and a special guest -- his sister, Diana -- delve into the history and use fallout shelters. Ranging from the overkill shelter in the movie to the more modest versions you'd find in backyards during the Cold War, this episode tells you everything you need to know to protect yourself from radioactive fallout -- just not what to do if you get stuck in one for decades.
Photos of Tim's trip down into a fallout shelter are up on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.545103975696196.1073741829.437574689782459&type=1&l=be98d22e4f
Before your fallout shelter doors automatically lock for 35 years, be sure to check out these sources:
-James Daniel, "Survive the Apocalypse in Style," DailyMail, September 6, 2013, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414497/Most-luxurious-bunker--The-1970s-Cold-War-Era-Home-built-26-feet-underground.html
-Eli Segall, "Mysterious group buys underground doomsday house in Las Vegas," VegasInc, April 4, 2014, http://vegasinc.com/news/2014/apr/04/mysterious-group-buys-underground-doomsday-house-l/
-Andrew Taylor, "Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway,"
Review Journal, June 20, 2013, http://www.reviewjournal.com/view/downtown/underground-home-was-built-cold-war-era-hideaway
-"Underground Homes," New York World's Fair, 1964, https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidelevine/sets/72157618339078546/with/3539303026/
-Life Magazine, "How You Can Survive Fallout," September 15, 1961, https://books.google.com/books?id=nVQEAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=life+magazine+fallout+1961&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiz2eGv7o3PAhVFND4KHS4ZCXcQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
-F-86 Nuclear Sabre, http://oppositelock.kinja.com/f-86f-nuclear-sabre-215665108
-Janet Maslin, "After Decades in a Bomb Shelter, a Family Learns the Only Fallout Is Social," New York Times, February 12, 1999, http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9406E0DB103AF931A25751C0A96F958260
-"Blast from the Past: Building Elden Underground," CinemaReview, http://www.cinemareview.com/production.asp?prodid=471
-Civil Defense Museum, http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/cdmuseum2/shelter.html
-David Dunlap, "Civil Defense Logo Dies at 67, and Some Mourn Its Passing," New York Times, December 1, 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/01/washington/01civil.html?_r=0
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