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The Living Weapon

Author: John RubinLiev SchreiberJim OhmIan KerrChristopher MangumAll authors
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received information that Germany and Japan were developing an elusive and terrifying arsenal of biological weaponry. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the effort. The Living Weapons, a part of the PBS American Experience series,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Documentary television programs
Educational television programs
Historical television programs
Internet videos
History
Additional Physical Format: Originally produced:
Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.), 2007
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: John Rubin; Liev Schreiber; Jim Ohm; Ian Kerr; Christopher Mangum; John Rubin Productions.; WGBH Educational Foundation.; Films for the Humanities & Sciences (Firm); Films Media Group.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 783171247
Notes: Streaming video file.
Title from title frames (viewed July 9, 2012).
Originally broadcast as part of the American Experience series on PBS in 2007.
Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
Credits: Edited by Jim Ohm ; Cinematography, Ian Kerr ; music, Christopher Mangum.
Performer(s): Narrator, Liev Schreiber.
Target Audience: 9 & up.
Description: 1 video file (approximately 54 min.) : sound, color, digital file
Contents: Sponsors & Credits: The Living Weapon (0:33) --
America's Bioweapons Program (1:48) --
1942 Discussions of Biowarfare Project (3:09) --
British Test Anthrax on Sheep (3:08) --
Needing American Help (1:05) --
Secrecy at Camp Detrick (1:41) --
Scientists' Moral Decisions (1:18) --
Botulinum (2:07) --
Norms About Unconventional Weapon Use (1:50) --
William Leahy's Ethical Objections (2:05) --
Cold War Revives Bioweapons (1:46) --
Shiro Ishii (2:29) --
Japanese Human Experiments (3:37) --
Trading for Japanese Data (2:33) --
Disappointment with Japanese Data (1:58) --
Targeting Cities (2:45) --
Public Knowledge of Biowarfare (1:12) --
Lying to Volunteers for Human Experiments (3:07) --
Simulating Battlefield Conditions (3:51) --
Weapon of Mass Destruction (3:01) --
Blows to Reputation of Unconventional Weapons (2:13) --
Nixon's Advisors Turn Against Program (1:29) --
Banning Biological Weapons (1:59) --
Creating a Monster (0:59) --
Additional Resources, Sponsors & Credits: The Living Weapon (2:34).
Other Titles: American experience (Television program)
Responsibility: produced, written and directed by John Rubin ; co-produced by James Donald ; a John Rubin Productions, Inc. film ; WGBH Educational Foundation.

Abstract:

In 1942, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt received information that Germany and Japan were developing an elusive and terrifying arsenal of biological weaponry. In response, the U.S. and its allies rushed to develop their own germ warfare program, enlisting some of America's most promising scientists in the effort. The Living Weapons, a part of the PBS American Experience series, offers an unprecedented look at more than two decades of closed-door meetings, secret test sites, and human subjects, as the race ensued to turn the world's most potent germs into fierce biological weapons. It is an exploration of the challenges and moral dilemmas faced by scientists as they examined microbes not only for the benefits they can bring, but for their capability of mass destruction.

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