Detroit History Podcast: The Cold War Brought Nike Missiles to Metro Detroit and a Nuclear Warhead on Belle Isle

December 05, 2021, 11:15 PM

A nuclear missile (Photo: The Detroit History Podcast)

From 1955-74, a nuclear war with the Soviet Union seemed possible. We armed ourselves by placing Nike Missiles around many major U.S. cities -- including 16 in and around Metro Detroit. Six of them -- including one on Belle Isle -- were outfitted with nuclear warheads.

A nuke on Belle Isle? We hear from historians Mel Small, Christopher Bright, William Worden and Jerry Perry; political scientist Ron Stockton from the University of Michigan-Dearborn; and a cast of historic characters, including Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.

-- Tim Kiska, the Detroit History Podcast

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