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5 Great First Episodes

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Here are 5 favorite episodes, great places to start if you are new to Press the Button, or podcasts in general. You can listen to any of these episodes, right now from this page.

Press the Button is co-hosted by Ploughshares Fund defense experts Tom Collina and Michelle Dover. The podcast offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

A new episode of Press the Button is available every Tuesday.

Here are 5 episodes you can listen to right now. Choose one, and come back for more. 

Episode 75: Dr. James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace joins Press the Button for an in-depth discussion on what secret nuclear weapons program President Donald Trump was referring to in his recent interview with journalist Bob Woodward, and what could happen if nuclear and non-nuclear capabilities continue to become increasingly entangled. Early Warning features William Hartung of the Center for International Policy on the Pentagon's $13.3 billion contract award to Northrop Grumman for a new nuclear weapon.


Episode 72: Lora Lumpe, CEO of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, discusses how to move US foreign policy priorities away from a new Cold War with China and reduce spending on unnecessary weapons of war. Early Warning features Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum of ReThink Media and Suzanne Claeys of the Center for Strategic and international Studies on recent US-Russia arms control talks, and the gender disparity in news reporting about nuclear policy.


Episode 67: Christine Ahn, founder and executive director of Women Cross DMZ, joins Press the Button to discuss prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula 70 years after the start of the Korean War, and why a policy rooted in smart, credible diplomacy with North Korea is critical in efforts to reduce the risk of nuclear war. Early Warning features co-host Tom Collina and Ariane Tabatabai of German Marshall Fund discussing the state of the Iran nuclear agreement five years after its implementation and recent attacks on Iran's nuclear program. Press the Button remembers Bruce Blair, who unexpectedly passed away today.


Episode 66: Alex Wellerstein, historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology and creator of NUKEMAP, returns to Press the Button for a discussion on the history and myths about nuclear weapons on the 75th anniversary of the Trinity test, the world's first nuclear explosion. Early Warning features Tom Collina and progressive foreign policy strategist Elizabeth Beavers discussing the long-overdue national debate over federal budget priorities, and congressional efforts to reduce Pentagon spending.'


Episode 63: Steve Benen, Emmy award-winning producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, joins Press the Button to discuss his new book, The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics, in which he argues that the GOP has become a "post-policy" party. Early Warning features Matt Korda of Federation of American Scientists and Luke Schleusener of Out in National Security on the landmark Supreme Court decision regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, and an emerging congressional fight over the resumption of nuclear testing.

You can get any and all episodes on your podcast app of choice — or listen to any episodes on the Soundcloud website with no download.

Here are the people featured in the Interview, with a link to an episode on Soundcloud.

James Acton | Christine Ahn | Madeline Albright | Emma Belcher | Alex Bell | Jeremy Ben-Ami | Steve Benen | Rep. Anthony Brown | Susan Burk | Joe Cirincione | Carol Cohn | Tom Collina | Rep. Gerry Connolly | David Corn | Ivo Daalder | Kelsey Davenport | Suzanne DiMaggio | Sunny Dooley | Carline Dorminey | Daniel Ellsberg | Rahna Epting | Lynn Fahselt | Maggie Feldman-Piltch | Beatrice Fihn | Kate Folb | Carol Giacomo | John Glaser | Rose Gottemoeller | Leah Greenberg | Corey Greer | Tristan Guyette | Pam Hamamoto | Bill lHartung | Laicie Heeley | Laura Holgate | Gretchen Hund | Heather Hurlburt | Bonnie Jenkins | Smriti Keshari | Rep. Ro Khanna | Ban Ki-Moon | Hans Kristensen | Rep. Barbara Lee | Jeffrey Lewis | Lora Lumpe | Robert Malley | Jessica Mathews | Zia Mian | Stephen Miles | Colleen Moore | Leilani Munter | Krish O'Mara Vignarajah | Trita Parsi | William J. Perry | Chris Preble | Bill Press | Ned Price | Jamie Raskin | Ben Rhodes | Mary Robinson | David Rothkopf | Lynn Rusten | Eric Schlosser | Wendy Sherman | Barbara Slavin | Rep. Adam Smith | Donte Stallworth | Ariane Tabatabai | Michelle Thaller | Lyric Thompson | John Tierney | Sen. Chris Van Hollen | Liz Watson | Alex Wellerstein | Jon Wolfsthal

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