The Science Show is about finding answers to the big questions such as how the Earth formed and how life got started. This week features two documentaries by Adam Curtis.
A is for Atom
Do you think that nuclear energy is safe? See how the promise of infinite energy and undreamed of living standards led to an industry preoccupied by producing cheap reactors while overlooking safety concerns and the problem of waste disposal. Were scientists prevented from making their concerns public? Should the nuclear industry start over?
This film is about how Nkrumah promised to industrialize western Africa if a dam would be built on the Ghana River. The dam was built in exchange for mining rights. Then, Nkrumah was overthrown, revealing massive corruption. How much did the people benefit?