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As Obama announces Hiroshima visit, a look back at the decision to drop the A bomb

Larry Mantle

In anticipation of President Obama's trip to Hiroshima, our co-founder Gar Alperovitz (author of The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb) joins host Larry Mantle of AirTalk on 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio, alonside Thomas Nichols, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island and author of "No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security":


President Barack Obama this month will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb during World War II, decimating a city and exploding the world into the Atomic Age. Obama will visit the site with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a previously scheduled trip to Japan, the White House announced Tuesday... Hear the full radio show.