25/08/2023 08:38 PM | Click to read full article
Papà, my dad, told me a story long ago about the uranium that powered the first nuclear bomb. Papà, you see, was born in the Belgian Congo. In a recurring scene, Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer fills an empty glass bowl with marbles to represent the amount of uranium mined and refined to power the nuclear reaction. As the marbles steadily filled the bowl onscreen, I kept seeing what was missing: Black miners hauling earth and stone to sort piles of radioactive ore by hand.