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Oppenheimer with Kai Bird

Oppenheimer with Kai Bird

What is it like to have your book turned into a historically accurate major motion picture? Today's guest is Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of American Prometheus, which is the biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer that the blockbuster Christopher Nolan film was based on. Join us while Kai shares his experience of having his book turned into a film, and how he conducted the research required to capture the life of Oppenheimer. If you are interested in learning more about the mid-Century, World War II, his wife Kitty, or what happened to them immediately after the war, you will not want to miss this episode.

Special thanks to our guest, Kai Bird, for joining us today.

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  • Host and Executive Producer: Sharon McMahon
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder
  • Production Coordinator: Andrea Champoux

Guest

Guest

Kai Bird

Kai Bird is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist. On July 21, 2023 Universal Studios released a major motion picture, Oppenheimer, based on American Prometheus, the biography Bird authored with the late Martin J. Sherwin. 

He is the author of The Chairman: John J. McCloy, The Making of the American Establishment and The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy, Brothers in Arms. He co-edited with Lawrence Lifschultz Hiroshima’s Shadow: Writings on the Denial of History and the Smithsonian Controversy. A contributing editor of The Nation, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son.