Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television

 

NOVA

Dirty Bomb (#3007)

In the summer of 2002, an American al Qaeda sympathizer, Jose Padilla, was arrested on suspicion of planning a "dirty bomb" attack on the United State. Suddenly, one of the ultimate nightmare terrorist scenarios seemed a step closer to reality. But few know what a dirty bomb really is or what devastation it could cause. In this film, NOVA goes beyond the alarming headlines to answer crucial questions: How easy is it to acquire materials and manufacture a dirty bomb? How does one differ from a conventional nuclear bomb, and how destructive would it be? How can lives be saved if one should explode? The program dramatizes two credible attack scenarios base on sophisticated models developed by radiation experts. These models are then played out in two major cities, Washington, DC, and London, with results that are both frightening and sobering. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

PBS Video

Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Science & Technology
Series Length
421 episodes
Average Episode Length
61 minutes
Record Rights
Record and retain for 1 year from each broadcast. No duplication allowed.
Visit the Website for Teacher Resources
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/

Visit the IPTV Education website to access timely, relevant resources for your classroom.

Series Description: PBS' premier science series helps viewers of all ages explore the science behind the headlines. Along the way, NOVA programs demystify science and technology and highlight the people involved in scientific pursuits.

View All Episodes »

All Upcoming Episodes

Past Episodes

These episodes of NOVA aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.

View All Episodes »

« Back to Programs A-Z