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Atomic Stampede VHS
In the 1950s, as the Cold War was rapidly escalating and Americans were increasingly concerned with the perceived communist threat, tens-of-thousands of prospectors flocked to the Colorado Plateau in search of uranium to meet U.S. security needs in the form of materials to build atom bombs. A few fortunes were made overnight, both from discoveries of uranium mines and from stocks in uranium ventures; but many hopefuls simply lost their savings, and the most poignant legacy of America's last great mineral boom are three generations of Americans suffering from increased cancer rates. Atomic Stampede, a documentary from KUED, Channel 7's award-winning Senior Producer Ken Verdoia, examines the tumultuous times of the Cold War uranium boom in the Four Corners area.