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Madam Secretary, Nuclear Threats and International Security

Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord

Madam Secretary, which starred Téa Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA analyst who becomes U.S. secretary of state (and eventually president), mixed Washington politics with international intrigue and even some old-fashioned family domestic drama during its six-season run on CBS.

Secretary McCord negotiated several global nuclear treaties (China/Russia and India/Pakistan), and managed risky international situations and domestic terrorist dangers with wise aplomb.

Going Nuclear

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.