Marshallese Music &

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Acclaimed poet and activist, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, explores the nuclear testing

legacy of the Marshall Islands through the legends and stories of Runit Island.

        Go here for Kathy's website:

The "Tomb" on Runit Island, Enewetak Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands.  The Tomb consists of 73,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil from previous nuclear tests. A colonel  from the Pentagon overseeing the project told Glenn Alcalay in 1980 "there is communication between the dome and the lagoon"


Statement by Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Civil Society Representative from the

Marshall Islands at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit 2014.

   A provocative "speak truth to power" video poem. Written and performed by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner. Cameramen: Russell Thoulag & Otis Aisek. Editor: Yu Suenaga

Dennis O'Rourke's classic 1986 film "Half Life" is THE best film about nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.  [Note:  I worked on the film so I am completely without bias]

                                        This YouTube version has Greek sub-titles.

The YouTube link to the classic 1959 film "On the Beach" based on the Australian author Nevil Shute's 1957 book of the same title.  Shute based his novel on the "Bravo" fallout and the exposed downwinders in the Marshall Islands three years previously.

[Personal note:  When Glenn Alcalay was 10 years old and saw "On the Beach" on TV, he could not sleep that night fearful of a nuclear war during the height of the Cold War.  Coincidentally, fifteen years later when Glenn applied to the Peace Corps, he was sent to the very place that was the inspiration for Nevil Shute's book made into the movie that kept him awake all night when he was 10.  Funny that . . .]

This 13-minute video "Paradise Lost" was produced in 1990 by ABC-TV [U.S.] and encapsulates the important issues and themes from this website

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This 4-minute video from 2013 features Sen. Jeton Anjain, his decision to move his people in 1985, and his receiving a prestigious award


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Listen to this  POWERFUL  6-minute NPR interview

          with Dennis O'Rourke re: "Half Life"                 

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."'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!

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