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Radio Show Idea: 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident

In 1983, Soviet nuclear bunkers had a computer error which falsely reported that US nuclear missiles were inbound, and Soviet authorities almost launched nukes at the USA. We could do a 30 minute story dramatizing the tension in that room, with a climactic story and believable characters. Audio alarms could be going off in the background, with yelling officials and dramatic music, to create a hectic sense of confusion and drama, as one wrong move could start WWIII.

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I like the Soviet angle. Movies like War Games and Dr. Strangelove show the concept from a US perspective. I don’t know of stories that show it from the other side. It would probably be easier to take a comedic approach and use caricatures of Russian officials, but if the story used believable characters you could save revealing that they’re Russian until late in the story, as a surprise plot twist.

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