Super Critical Podcast - Overthinking Nuclear Weapon Pop Culture

Episode #65: Choose Your Own Adventure Book

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In this episode, we flipped our way through the pages of the Choose Your Own Adventure book, The Brilliant Dr. Wogan (1987), where a missing scientist might have a radiation neutralizer that can end the threat of nuclear war. How does the multiple ending and narrative freedom of this book genre help teach kids about nuclear dangers? What does this radiation neutralizer have in common with Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars program? When is the book report on this story due again (this might just be a reoccurring nightmare the podcasts hosts keep having well into their 30s)? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and returning special guest Kevin answer these questions and more. Before we return the book to the library, we recommend: -Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018, Netflix) -Paul Lettow, Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, 2006 -Timothy J. Jorgenson, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, 2016 -Pat Frank, Alas, Babylon, 1959 -Kate Moore, Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, 2018 -57 North, mobile game published by Mighty Coconut -Brian Jacques, Redwall, book series 1986-2011 -Peter George, Dr. Strangelove (novelization), 1963 Thanks to for the sound effects used in the episode. Check out our website,, for more resources and related items. We aim to have at least one new episode every month. Let us know what you think about the podcast and any ideas you may have about future episodes and guests by reaching out at on Twitter @NuclearPodcast, GooglePlay, Spotify, SoundCloud, TuneIn, Stitcher Radio, Facebook, [email protected], and YouTube. Enjoy!