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‘We came within a hand's breadth of blowing up the world’

Clip: 12/22/2017 | 7m 1s

The military analyst turned whistleblower who leaked the Pentagon Papers looks at the existential threat of America’s nuclear capacities in his new memoir, “The Doomsday Machine.” Very little has changed, says author Daniel Ellsberg, when it comes to what he calls the immoral and insane policies regarding nuclear weapons. William Brangham sits down with Ellsberg to discuss the looming danger.

Aired: 12/22/17

Rating: NR

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