Nuclear Boy Scout: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Build a Nuclear Reactor | 122


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Teenagers nowadays. No respect for their elders. I mean, as teens in our day we were walking uphill (both ways) to school in the snow. We didn’t have cellphones, we had pagers. If we needed a nuclear reactor, we built it in our backyard! Well, not all of us – but this week’s subject certainly tried. David Hahn was just another suburban kid, up until he MacGyver’d up a breeder reactor in his mom’s shed using not much more than a bunch of smoke detectors and old clocks. This week we dive into the how, where, and why of David Hahn – affectionately known as the Nuclear Boy Scout. Plus, we learn why Conspiracy Bot has a thing for Wheel of Fortune (hint: it’s the repartee), we learn how many smoke detectors you can buy without raising an eyebrow (hint: it’s a lot), and for some reason C-Bot actually helped with this week’s show (hint: it involves homemade nuclear power). All of that and more on the podcast that’s never built a nuclear reactor, but that definitely reacts nuclearly (is that a word?) on occasion – Hysteria 51.
Research sources:
Research Assistant - Raymond Walden IV
The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein
The Nuclear Boy Scout (2003) –documentary by Bindu Mathur
The Radioactive Boy Scout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid -
CS Monitor -
Wikipedia -
The Daily Mail -
Harper's Magazine -
Fox News -
ARS Technica -
Dangerous Laboratories -
The News Stack -
Tributes -
The Boy Scouts of America -
Homeland Security News Wire -
Mysterious Universe -
and – of course – HowStuffWorks.
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