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Hollywood, Health & Society has worked with its partner organizations and others on topics dealing with the proliferation of weapons, nuclear energy and cybersecurity.

Since 2015, Hollywood, Health & Society has been part of the N Square network of innovators committed to raising awareness of the nuclear threat. This page is dedicated to the media work that HH&S and our fellow cohort members have done. The existential threat of nuclear destruction increased over the past several years (see Doomsday Clock below), with many of the guardrails that were meant to keep us secure—the framework of international nuclear agreements achieved through diplomacy—now largely weakened. Below are some of the discussions, workshops, videos and articles designed to raise the visibility of issues surrounding nuclear threats and security, and hopefully help build a safer world.

Storytelling Event
The Countdown

Our storytelling event featured experts from the world of nuclear threats and security, who shared personal accounts from their lives.

Atomic Storytelling 2.0

We asked some top TV writers and producers to teach nuclear experts how to communicate their messages more effectively.

The Innovators

This dynamic group—from diplomats to game designers—are tackling nuclear challenges together in new ways.

National Security

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman discusses the pandemic's effect on national and nuclear security issues.

What We're Watching
'Getting Bombed'

On Getting Bombed, Chris Reinacher talks with some thirsty nuclear arms experts about the existential threats that keep them up at night.

A Nuclear Alarm
Doomsday Clock

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set its Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, announcing it a "wake-up call" for the planet.

Sentinel Awards
'Chernobyl' Wins

Creator and executive producer-writer Craig Mazin accepted the 2019 Sentinel Award for his HBO series Chernobyl.

Forging New Paths

“New Momentum for Saner Nuclear Policy” mixed experts, policy-makers and activists with Hollywood actors, writers and producers.

'Madam Secretary'

HH&S connected experts with the creative team of the CBS series Madam Secretary, often on topics related to nuclear security.

Friday the 13th

There were frightening scenarios during "Rewriting the Nuclear Horror Story," but also a call for new ideas to deal with the threat.

Atomic Football

An exploration of the nuclear playbook was a night to think about the unthinkable: Just how secure are our arsenals of mass destruction?

What We're Listening To
Press the Button

Defense experts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund co-host this engaging conversation on nuclear policy.

White-Knuckle Entertainment

From Fail Safe to Madam Secretary, film and TV have allowed viewers, from the vantage of a comfortable seat, to imagine the worst.

Nuclear Scenarios

Is the U.S. under attack? In the Nuclear Decisions game, users are tasked with evaluating potential missile launches.

What We're Reading
U.S. vs. Russian Hackers

The U.S. is moving to treat ransomware attacks as a national security threat, and take action against Russian hackers.