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I. N.E.A.R Device – Nuclear Emergency Alarm Repeater 1945

II. EBS – Emergency Broadcasting System – 1963 to 1997

III. EAS – Emergency Alert System – 1997 to present


NEAR device

I. N.E.A.R Device – 1945

N.E.A.R. Device
AIRING: Season 7, Episode 9
THE PLACE: Westminster, Colorado


History Detectives peers inside a black box that may shed light on some of the darkest days of the Cold War.  The US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 raised the stakes of modern warfare.

Almost immediately after World War Two, America’s former ally, the U.S.S.R., became her Cold War archenemy.  the Soviet Union’s surprise testing of its own atomic bomb in 1949 helped trigger a nuclear arms race, with each side pursuing ever more costly and deadly technologies.

More than sixty years after the start of the Cold War, Wayne Gilbert, of Westminster, Colorado, has stumbled across an interesting discovery. Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a soviet nuclear attack?

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