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5/26/09: Uranium

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Uranium Closeup. Photo by <a href=\"http://www.flickr.com/photos/bionerd/623693396/in/set-72157600481167098/\" target=\"_blank\">bionerd</a> on flickr.com
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By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – It's really just a special kind of dirt, but a chunk the size of a grapefruit can wipe out a city. The writer Tom Zoellner says that uranium has not only changed history, but that it's a window into the dark side of humanity: greed, arrogance and "a certain suicidal glee." Zoellner's latest book is a biography of sorts. He traveled 5 continents - from slave camps to war councils - to get to know uranium. He joins Doug for a look at the element that's shaped the modern world. (Rebroadcast)

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