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

An engaging podcast on nuclear policy and national security, Press the Button is co-hosted by defense experts Joe Cirincione and Michelle Dover of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. This weekly podcast features top officials and experts discussing the latest developments on Iran, North Korea, nuclear weapons, military budgets and foreign policy. Press the Button offers diverse views on one of the most important issues of our time: preventing nuclear war.

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  • Tough Lessons: Advice for the Next President

    Arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis had a stark suggestion on how much money the next president should take out of the nuclear modernization budget, currently set at roughly $2 trillion over the next three decades. “Every little bit,” he said. “Zero it.” “And everyone says, ‘Oh my God, people will...

    December 2, 2019 - By Zack Brown
  • Fuel to the Fire

    “I think the scorecard is a grim one. I don’t like to say that,” said Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Preble and his colleague John Glaser, the director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, joined the show to discuss the book...

    November 25, 2019 - By Zack Brown
  • The Gender Champions

    “Nuclear policy affects us all,” Ambassador Laura Holgate told Ploughshares Fund’s Michelle Dover. “All of these things are global in their effect. And so to suggest that half the population is not present for the conversation makes that conversation illegitimate just from the start.” Holgate...

    November 18, 2019 - By Zack Brown
  • The Bomb Squad

    “We’re a small but mighty team,” Tristan Guyette told Ploughshares Fund President Joe Cirincione. “Our goal is to end the threat of nuclear war through very intersectional work.” Guyette and Colleen Moore work at Beyond the Bomb, a grassroots campaign aimed at stopping nuclear war. “We work to...

    November 11, 2019 - By Zack Brown
  • Is the Nuclear Order Worth Saving?

    "Who decides how human society and human civilization conducts its affairs: nine countries with nuclear weapons or everybody else?" Zia Mian asked Ploughshares Fund’s Michelle Dover. Mian says the world is shifting away from the superpower model of nuclear diplomacy. "During the Cold War, the US...

    November 1, 2019 - By Zack Brown
  • Press the Button Interview with Rep. Adam Smith

    Challenges lie ahead for efforts to restart dialogue between the world's nuclear powers, stop the production of new nuclear weapons, and re-think the US nuclear posture review. This week on Press the Button, we present an exclusive look at the future of US nuclear policy, taken from a special...

    November 1, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Iran's nuclear program, new Russian weapons, and Congress's return to Washington

    MICHELLE: Welcome back to Early Warning. Today I am joined by Leon Ratz, Senior Program Officer in the Materials Risk Management program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and Mary Kaszynski, Ploughshares’s very own Deputy Director of Policy. Thank you both for joining me. MARY: Thanks. LEON:...

    September 12, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • Lynn Rusten on Press the Button

    This is a transcript of a recent interview from the podcast Press the Button. Lynn Rusten, Vice President of the Global Nuclear Policy Program at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the history of arms control between the United States and Russia, and how the...

    August 28, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • William Hartung on Press the Button

    This is a transcript of a recent interview from the podcast Press the Button. William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy, sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the corporate connection to US arms sales abroad,...

    August 19, 2019 - By Ploughshares Fund