Nuclear Weapons Videos

Here’s a collection of YouTube videos which explore the subject of nuclear weapons from a variety of angles.

  1. The Effects Of A Nuclear Blast On The Human Body - This cheerfully terrifying 3 minute video gives us an idea what the effects of a nuclear blast would be on our bodies.
  2. Why We Should Care About Nukes - Here's a quality video from minutephysics which explains the primary reason we should be concerned about nuclear weapons, the threat of nuclear winter.
  3. What Is The Nuclear Football? - This ten minute video gives an introduction to the nuclear football, the device that any President would use to order a launch of nuclear weapons.
  4. Inside An American Nuclear Base - This video from the Associated Press provides a quick look inside an American nuclear base.
  5. Command And Control Of Nuclear Weapons: The Illusion of Safety - Here's an hour long interview with author Eric Schlosser about his book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety".
  6. Could We Nuke A Hurricane? - Could we stop a hurricane by blowing it to bits with a nuclear bomb? Um, sorry Mr. President, no way.
  7. How Would We Stop A Missile That’s Been Launched? - This 5 minute video from SciShow offers a quick look at the problem of stopping a nuclear missile which has been launched.
  8. What’s Involved In Launching A Nuclear Weapon? - CNN's Tom Foreman discusses how nuclear weapons are made small enough to be launched on ballistic missiles.
  9. Can We Prevent Nuclear War? - Here's a compelling Ted Talk by Ira Helfand, co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.
  10. The Race To Build The World’s Biggest Bomb - This 45 minute documentary traces the history that led to the largest man made explosion in human history, the Russian's Tsar Bomba, a nuclear bomb with 3,000 times more power than the weapon dropped on Hiroshima.
  11. Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control & Survivability - Sandia National Labs offers this excellent documentary about the safety and security of nuclear weapons.
  12. The World Doesn’t Need More Nuclear Weapons - Here's an inspiring and informative Ted Talk about nuclear weapons by Erika Gregory, Managing Director of N Square, a group working to bring new ideas, new people, and new perspectives to nuclear arms control.
  13. How Close Do You Live To A Nuclear Weapon? - This video details where nuclear weapons are stored around the world, giving you some idea how close you might be to these storage locations.
  14. Three Questions We Should Ask About Nuclear Weapons - National security expert Emma Belcher gives a TED talk offering three questions we should be asking about nuclear weapons.
  15. The Process Of Launching A Nuclear War - This seven minute video from the PBS Newshour explains the process involved in making the decision to launch nuclear weapons.
  16. How Do Nuclear Bombs Work? - If you want to dive in to the details of how nuclear bombs work, check out these lectures by Associate Professor Mathew Bunn.
  17. How Do The Largest Nukes Compare To Those Used in WWII? - Here's a quick 3 minute video which does a good job of comparing the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII with the largest nuclear weapons that have been created.
  18. The Day After - The Day After is a two hour film about nuclear war that first aired in 1983 on ABC.
  19. Nuclear Weapons Can Be Hilarious! - Comedian commentator John Oliver hits the nuclear nail on the head in this very entertaining review of human weapons insanity.
  20. High Quality Video Of Nuclear Explosions - Here's a 9 minute video offering high quality video of nuclear explosions.
  21. What Happens When A City Is Nuked? - In just 8 minutes this excellent video by Kurzgesagt outlines the effects of a nuclear blast on a major city in easy to understand terms.