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In this episode, we watched the documentary False Alarm (2021) about that time in 2018 no one talks about anymore when the people of Hawaii received an erroneous warning on their phone that North Korea fired a nuclear armed ballistic missile and they had minutes to live. What was the reaction of people who received this ominous message? How does this ordeal stack up to Hawaiians’ long history of being on the short end of the nuclear arms race? Have there ever been a worse case of Textmergency/Textastrophe than this nuclear attack warning appearing on every cell phone in Hawaii? Tim Westmyer (@NuclearPodcast) and the documentary’s director Nick Lyell (@FalseAlarmFilm) answer these questions and more. The documentary is streaming thru Vimeo On-Demand for the month of November 2021: Movie information: Before we clear our nuclear notifications on our mobile phones, we recommend: -False Alarm (documentary 2021) -Super Critical Podcast episode #21 on Ladybug Ladybug (1963) -Alia Wong, “Pandemonium and Rage in Hawaii,” The Atlantic, January 14, 2018 -Sean Flynn, “The Real Story of the Hawaiian Missile Crisis,” GQ, April 2, 2018 -Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua, et al, A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty, 2014 -Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii (2008 documentary) -The Bomb (PBS 2015 documentary) -The Future, WTF (card game made by Nick Lyell and the Solar Punk Surf Club) 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!