Bob Hope and Atomic Bill

A podcast about the time Bob Hope taught the US of A a little something about nuclear physics. It was 1950, just five years after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Soviet Union had just built their own bomb. And what did Americans, huddled around their radios, want to hear? Comedian Bob Hope, joking about the world “blowing itself up.” In this Popcast, Eliza Smith talks about “The Quick and the Dead,” a 1950 NBC special about atomic energy, hosted by Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly.

Original audio can be found on Pop Up Archive, courtesy of the Broadcast Archives at WILL and Illinois Public Media:

Bob Hope and Atomic Bill

A podcast about the time Bob Hope taught the US of A a little something about nuclear physics. It was 1950, just five years after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Soviet Union had just built their own bomb. And what did Americans, huddled around their radios, want to hear? Comedian Bob Hope, joking about the world “blowing itself up.” In this Popcast, Eliza Smith talks about “The Quick and the Dead,” a 1950 NBC special about atomic energy, hosted by Bob Hope and produced by Fred Friendly.

Original audio can be found on Pop Up Archive, courtesy of the Broadcast Archives at WILL and Illinois Public Media:

And of course, she was a Scorpio

Describing Sylvia Plath in a 1972 radio documentary from The Pacifica Radio Archives, Plath’s editor, Fran McCullough says that while re-reading The Bell Jar, she noticed that “instances of her bitchiness and snobbery [were] quite astonishing. And of course she was a Scorpio.” 

In the latest Popcast, host Eliza Smith uses the lens of astrology to understand Plath, asking Bay Area astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo to examine her birth chart. What follows is a tragic and insightful analysis of the life and work of Sylvia Plath.

Thanks again to astrologer Jessica Lanyadoo for her incredible interview. Also thanks to producers Eliza Smith and Emily Saltz, plus Avery Trufelman (99% Invisible) for editorial advisement. Find the transcript to this episode, plus Lanyadoo’s full interview, on Pop Up Archive.

See the birth chart she drew up for Sylvia Plath below:

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