Show number 14 is something special. It is the first time that Shane and I invite a guest for an interview. Though we have a little difficulty with sound quality, we believe that this is one of our best efforts so far.
Our guest, Ted Rockwell is a true nuclear pioneer, having been a part of the Manhattan Project and having served as Admiral Rickover’s Technical Director during the important early years of developing and building the Navy Nuclear Power Program. In addition to being a scientist, a technical leader and an all around great guy, Ted is an author and a storyteller.
During the interview, we talk about the importance of using realistic assumptions when projecting the effects of any postulated occurrence in a nuclear energy system. We also describe some of the far fetched assumptions that underly some of the scenarios that you might have read in certain kinds of anti-nuclear propaganda.
Imagine – one computation for the hazards associated with transporting used nuclear fuel includes the use of a perfectly aimed anti-tank weapon in a crowded city with people that are not allowed to move for one year after the container is hit.
I hope that you enjoy the interview and forgive us for the sound quality that obscures Ted’s words in some places. Here are some links to Ted’s books that are available on Amazon.com.