Culture and Nuclear Weapons

If we change our cultural conceptions of nuclear weapons, we can make the world safer from nuclear threats.

The dangers of nuclear weapons are rarely communicated in a way that is compelling and accessible, despite the fact that these risks affect us all. At Ploughshares Fund, we are exploring the power of media, technology, and popular culture to change perceptions and attitudes. Learn more about our Cultural Change Initiative here.

Latest News, Analysis and Explorations of Culture and Nuclear Weapons

  • The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

    The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries promoting adherence to and implementation of the United Nations nuclear weapon ban treaty. This landmark global agreement was adopted in New York on...

    September 29, 2017 - By Will Lowry
  • Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson

    At this year's Chain Reaction event featuring former Secretary of State John Kerry and Global Zero Campaign Director Meredith Horowski, Bay Area artists Terisa Siagatonu and Janae Johnson delivered a powerful poetry recital based on their experiences living under the specter of the two...

    August 29, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Nagasaki Day 2017

    On August 9, 1945, the United States dropped the ‘Fat Man’ atomic bomb on Nagasaki, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This was the second time a nuclear weapon was used in warfare, both times by the United States, whose government still maintains the right to a first nuclear...

    August 9, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Hiroshima Day 2017

    On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon in combat, when it dropped the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb on Hiroshima and ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki three days later. The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people and injured many others. Radiation from...

    August 4, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • ‘the bomb’ Will Debut On Netflix Worldwide On August 1st

    Following triumphant screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and at the Glastonbury Festival, the bomb — funded in part by Ploughshares Fund — makes its Netflix worldwide debut on August 1st.

    July 27, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    The July 7 adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by 122 nations at the United Nations in New York was an historic event. For the first time since the introduction of the atomic bomb in 1945, nuclear weapons — like biological and chemical weapons — are now banned by a...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • VIDEO: Barbara Hall, creator of Madam Secretary

    On June 5, Barbara Hall, creator of the acclaimed television series, Madam Secretary, spoke at our Chain Reaction 2017 event featuring Secretary of State John Kerry. She spoke about the show's relationship with real world events, and told a remarkable story about a real "Madam Secretary...

    July 10, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Interview: Dr. Vincent Intondi

    At Ploughshares Fund, we support emergent expert voices as a way of injecting fresh ideas into nuclear arms control and educating the public about nuclear weapons. As part of that commitment, we have created an interview series in which up-and-coming researchers, particularly in the humanities...

    April 28, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
  • March for Science against nuclear threats

    Climate change and nuclear weapons are the two greatest human-made threats to all living things on our planet. This is not an opinion. It is science, pure and simple. But now, just 3 months into Donald Trump's presidency, evidence-based policies and actions that keep the planet and humankind...

    April 21, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Women for America, for the World (1986)

    To mark Women's HIstory Month we've excavated "Women - for America, for the World" (1986). This 30 minute documentary film features 22 prominent American women from all walks of life discussing what motivates their activism seeking the end of the Cold War-era nuclear arms race. In the film,...

    March 3, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund