Culture and Nuclear Weapons

If we change our cultural conceptions of nuclear weapons, we can make the world safer from nuclear threats.

The dangers of nuclear weapons are rarely communicated in a way that is compelling and accessible, despite the fact that these risks affect us all. At Ploughshares Fund, we are exploring the power of media, technology, and popular culture to change perceptions and attitudes. Learn more about our Cultural Change Initiative here.

Latest News, Analysis and Explorations of Culture and Nuclear Weapons

  • Press the Button

    Listen and subscribe to Press the Button, a weekly podcast from Ploughshares Fund dedicated to nuclear policy and national security. An engaging and dynamic look at one of the most critical issues of our time, Press the Button offers the latest news, insider interviews and in-...

    April 12, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: The First 100 Days

    Grab a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a mocktail and join us Monday, January 25 at 4pm PT / 7pm ET for Unmute Yourself: The First 100 Days, a special post-election analysis of the state of national security and nuclear weapons policy. Back by popular demand, this virtual happy...

    January 11, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Ploughshares Fund President Emma Belcher announces first slate of special grants with roots in Washington state

    With the aim of convening partners who have a range of backgrounds and experiences to think big about transforming nuclear policy, new Ploughshares Fund President Emma Belcher announces today the first slate of special grants under her tenure. As part of the discretionary grants process and the...

    November 17, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Responsible Disruption

    The Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative held an energizing conversation via Zoom, Responsible Disruption: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Power, Tuesday, October 20. Guest speakers were: Ambassador Laura Holgate, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, and the event was...

    October 21, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    For everyone—but especially Gens X and Z and Millennials—this is the most important election of our lifetimes. What threats to our national security make this so? How do democratic processes impact foreign policy goals? As we face a global pandemic and recession, how do nuclear weapons impact...

    October 19, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy in the US

    In May 2020, Ploughshares Fund was proud to be one of the more than 70 organizations to endorse a white paper outlining what a US feminist foreign policy might look like: Towards a Feminist Foreign...

    October 6, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • A Narrow View of National Security Is Making America Less Safe

    “They want to explode a bomb in the desert to show how scary it is,” said Laicie Heeley, CEO of Inkstick media, and host of the Inkstick and PRX podcast Things That Go Boom. “They want to make a big show of force that is credible and accountable. And there’s value to those strategies when they...

    September 24, 2020 - By Will Lowry
  • Responsible Disruption

    Join the Ploughshares Fund Women’s Initiative for an energizing conversation: Responsible Disruption: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Power, Tuesday, October 20, with guest speakers, Ambassador Laura Holgate, Mareena Robinson Snowden and Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, and moderated by...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    For everyone—but especially Gens X and Z and Millennials—this is the most important election of our lifetimes. What threats to our national security make this so? How do democratic processes impact foreign policy goals? As we face a global pandemic and recession, how do nuclear weapons impact...

    September 11, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Unmute Yourself: Your Security, Your Vote

    For everyone—but especially Gens X and Z and Millennials—this is the most important election of our lifetimes. What threats to our national security make this so? How do democratic processes impact foreign policy goals? As we face a global pandemic and recession, how do nuclear weapons impact...

    August 25, 2020 - By Ploughshares Fund