Things That Go Boom

5 EpisodesProduced by PRI

Real conversations with real people about tough topics – like nuclear weapons, women in the military, North Korea, and K-Pop. It’s foreign policy for the rest of us, hosted by defense analyst (and former rodeo queen) Laicie Heeley.

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What Shakespeare can teach us about PTSD

February 12th, 2018


We don’t always talk about the things that scare us most. First, Ally Harpootlian's grandmother Betty kept a secret life of poetry locked …

What happens when the military thinks outside the box?

February 5th, 2018


How Nancy Sinatra’s #1 hit, "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," became a military anthem. Then, a bunch of students at the Rhode Island School of …

Home Security

January 29th, 2018


In this episode, Laicie explores white nationalism, the Haitian revolution, and the impacts of nuclear weapons production on the Navajo Nation – and …

The Bear

January 22nd, 2018


Two true stories about nuclear false alarms. Plus, what deterrence has to do with being an eleven-year-old boy, and a deeper dive into the Trump …


December 11th, 2017


One year ago, Donald J. Trump became the President of the United States. Since then, it seems like the world has exploded. North Korea, Russia, Charlottesville. The threats are all around.

Enter Things That Go Boom, a …

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