Winner 1981

The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb


This hard-hitting program, produced by KTEH, exhibits the exceptional talents of John Else, who served not only as producer and director, but also, along with David and Janet Peoples, wrote the script. It tells the story of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a student of poetry, a linguist of six tongues, a searcher for spiritual ideals, and father of the atomic bomb. The program contains extraordinary new archive footage and it brings together many candid recollections of Oppenheimer’s friends, thus constituting a valuable historical document. The result was a moving drama of moral and historical forces at work, and a program which stands head and shoulders above the usual documentary. For an exceptional program, a Peabody Award to KTEH.