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American Experience

Race for the Superbomb (#1102)

At the dawn of the Cold War, the United States initiated a top secret program in New Mexico to build a hydrogen bomb more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Japan. A world away, on the frozen steppes of Siberia, the Soviet Union began a similar effort. This program tracks each country's effort to attain technological dominance, from top secret research facilities to the unexpected results of the first military tests. Surviving physicists and generals from both sides tell how they feel about the part they played in an arms race that escalated out of control. [112 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation.

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