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The Radioactive Boy Scout Audiobook
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The Radioactive Boy Scout Audiobook



by Ken Silverstein

  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Release date: 06-28-19
  • Language: English

Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed.

Posing as a physics professor, David solicited information on reactor design from the US government and from industry experts. Following blueprints he found in an outdated physics textbook, David cobbled together a crude device that threw off toxic levels of radiation. His wholly unsupervised project finally sparked an environmental emergency that put his town’s 40 thousand suburbanites at risk. The EPA ended up burying his lab at a radioactive dumpsite in Utah. This offbeat account of ambition and, ultimately, hubris has the narrative energy of a first-rate thriller.

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Ken Silverstein




6 hrs and 45 mins

Narrated by

Jonathan Todd Ross

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