Season 5, Episode 1 In the Event of Catastrophe

First Aired: January 4, 1978

"In the Event of a Catastrophe," a comparison of the civil-defense systems in the U.S. and USSR. Experts interviewed include Paul Warnke, director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and Bardyl Tirana, director of the Civil Defense Preparedness Agency. They speculate on the devastating effects of a nuclear attack on population and industry. Also: newsreels of Hiroshima after the A-bombing in 1945.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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