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Hiroshima survivor explains how 75 years of radiatio...

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This August 6th marks the day, 75 years ago, that the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Up to 120,000 people died in the aftermath. Some of the survivors, known as “hibakusha,” would eventually enroll in the Radiation Effects Research Foundation’s Life Span Study, which continues to examine the effects of atomic radiation on the human body. The study’s findings have been the basis for radiation safety standards around the world, ranging from power plants to hospitals. Decades of archival footage and images, survivor drawings, and the testimony of research participant Kunihiko Iida convey the kind of misery that results from an atomic bombing—as well as the message of peace and humanity that can result from scientific research.

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PRODUCER/EDITOR
Joel Goldberg

STORY BY
Dennis Normile

INTERVIEW TRANSLATION
Meagan Cantwell
Dennis Normile

SPECIAL THANKS
Meagan Cantwell
Martin Enserink
Kunihiko Iida
Ohtsura Niwa
Manabu Teramoto

ORIGINAL GRAPHICS
Xing Liu

INTERVIEW FOOTAGE
Dennis Normile
Manabu Teramoto

INTERVIEWEES
Kunihiko Iida
Ohtsura Niwa

SURVIVOR DRAWINGS
Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hideo Kimura
Eiichi Uchida
Eiko Ueda
Kichisuke Yoshimura

IMAGES
509th Operations Group/ Wikimedia Commons
Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)
U.S. Department of Defense/ U.S. Navy/Naval Photographic Center

IMAGES BY MASAMICHI SUZUKI
Courtesy of the McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library/
Mac Suzuki Photograph Collection
MS196-0635
MS196-0647
MS196-0649
MS196-0651

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Debra Daco/U.S. Navy
U.S. Air Force
Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)

STOCK FOOTAGE
Videoblocks

MUSIC
“Ursa Major” by Chris Burns
“B7 Bomber” by Podington Bear
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