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What We Learn About Radiation Threats from Movies: Fact or Fiction

Recently the writers of fictional film and television programs and movies have chosen threats from radiation as the central theme of their story lines. The television drama, Dirty War, screened on HBO and PBS in 2005, is a recent example of this type of terrorism story.

Telling the story of a dirty bomb in film or on television creates challenges for the writers and for audiences. Because of the immediacy of the film medium, scientific and medical facts have to be dramatized, which might leave the audience with some questions about the type of threat posed by a dirty bomb.

If the movie, Dirty War, made you wonder about dirty bombs and how to protect yourself and your loved ones in case of a radiation threat, this site will direct you to some answers.

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