Who We Are

Glenn Alcalay

Co-Founder, AtomicAtolls.org

Peace Corps Volunteer

Professor of Anthropology

Glenn is a former Peace Corps volunteer on Utrok Atoll (1975-77) and is currently Assoc. Professor of Anthropology [adj] at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY and William Paterson University of NJ. Glenn was an advisor for the Nuclear Claims Tribunal, testified numerous times before the U.N. on behalf of the Marshallese, and has written articles for CounterPunch, The Ecologist, the Nation, and more.


Glenn resides in Washington Heights, NYC

Andrew A. Fuchs

Co-founder & Webmaster, AtomicAtolls.org

Street Photographer

Andrew Fuchs is a graduate of William Paterson University, a NYC based street photographer and a renegade from corporate America. Formally educated in business, he has since left his corporate life and is creating a new identity for himself in the NYC street photography and arts communities.

You can see his work on his Instagram at @AndrewFox718

Andrew resides in Woodside, Queens NYC.

Kai Erikson



Kai  is a world-renowned sociologist and author, and is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Sociology and American Studies at Yale University. He served as the 76th president of the American Sociological Association. He also worked with Glenn Alcalay on a research visit to RMI in 2002, and can be heard in some of our interview clips.

You can keep up to date on Kai's work on AtomicAtolls, and here: https://sociology.yale.edu/people/kai-erikson

Kai resides in Hamden, CT

Click on the thumbnail below for a 13-minute video "Paradise Lost" by ABC-TV [U.S.] which summarizes many of the issues covered on this website:

This 4-minute video features former Sen. Jeton Anjain and a more contemporary version of life and challenges in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

And if you dare . . .

The late Dennis O'Rourke was a giant among         documentary filmmakers whose films documented  the lives of indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific   region. His 1991 "The Good Woman of Bangkok"    won many intl. awards. From "The Shark Callers of Kontu" and "Cannibal Tours" to "Cunnamulla" and   "Land Mines: A Love Story," O'Rourke set a high    standard for documentary filmmaking.  I had the    pleasure of working with O'Rourke in the making   of his important 1986 film about the 1954 "BravoH-bomb and the questions surrounding the            "accidental" wind shifts that caused massive         radiological damage to downwind populations and atolls.  Here is a YouTube link to "Half Life" which is in English (with Greek subtitles)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTrkelQZ_ng    

1945 - 2013

Listen to this 1986 NPR interview with Dennis O'Rourke as he talks about his film "Half  Life" about the enigmas surrounding the 1954 "Bravo" H-bomb test at Bikini Atoll        

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This website is designed to give voice to the people of the Republic of the Marshall Islands [RMI] who have firsthand knowledge - in their bodies and DNA, in their memories and permanently in their atolls - of thermonuclear weapons and their destruction, having been at the receiving end of the United States' "foreign policy."

AtomicAtolls.org's primary mission is to provide a repository of the unfiltered history of the relationship between the U.S. and RMI through an archive of audio interviews [in both Marshallese and English*] on SoundCloud (previously unavailable to the public) and photographs of downwind Marshall Islanders who were caught in the radioactive fallout from the 67 atomic & hydrogen thermonuclear bombs detonated at Bikini and Enewetak Atolls between 1946-58.


In addition to these rare and powerful interviews conducted between 1981 and 2002 [by Glenn Alcalay & Kai Erikson], numerous unclassified U.S. government documents, U.N. testimonies, NGO reports, and other educational materials regarding nuclear testing issues in the Marshall Islands will also be made available to the public.  Lastly, a large archive of videos and documentary films about the Nuclear Age, from the Manhattan Project to Weapons in Space will be made available.

Our website is dedicated to aolep dri-Majol, people of the Marshall Islands - especially the youth - and all of the glorious people who reside on our dear Mother Earth.  If there is a theme or a meme that truly captures the character and the spirit of this website, it is this:  America nuked the Gentle People.

Glenn Alcalay

Peace Corps Volunteer, Utrok Atoll 1975-1977

Jeramman wot!

* Please subscribe to the legendary Marshall Islands Journal

   Go here to subscribe:    https://marshallislandsjournal.com/

Glenn Alcalay & Andrew Fuchs


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