‘Universe of Two’ by Stephen Kiernan

Premiere DateAug 20, 2020
00:00 Show Opening
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01:07 Rot Allegra Krieger
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01:12 Episode Intro
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02:31 Rot (Cont’d) Allegra Krieger
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03:11 Interview with Stephen Kiernan, Part 1
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17:43 Welcome Allegra Krieger
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19:19 Interview with Stephen Kiernan, Part 2
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34:53 Forgot Allegra Krieger
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35:03 Episode Outro
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37:54 Forgot (Cont’d) Allegra Krieger
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39:40 Outro
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40:11 Finish
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Graduating from Harvard at the height of World War II, brilliant mathematician Charlie Fish is assigned to the Manhattan Project. Working with some of the age’s greatest scientific minds, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Leo Szilard, Charlie is assigned the task of designing and building the detonator of the atomic bomb. As he performs that work Charlie suffers a crisis of conscience, which his wife, Brenda—unaware of the true nature of Charlie’s top-secret task—mistakes as self-doubt. She urges him to set aside his qualms and continue. Once the bombs strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the feelings of culpability devastate him and Brenda.

The writer Stephen P. Kiernan (USA), Charlotte, Vermont, August 5, 2019. Photograph © Beowulf Sheehan

Publisher: William Morrow / Harper Collins
Book art and author headshot provided by the author’s representative.

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