• History Brief: Family Fallout Shelters
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    History Brief: Family Fallout Shelters

    Many communities were building large public fallout shelters intended for thousands of people. But what if a public shelter wasn’t nearby or became overcrowded? Were there any steps individual families could take to protect themselves from nuclear fallout? Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, many families constructed personal fallout shelters in their backyards. Companies marketed several different “family models” for homeowners hoping to protect their families. These ranged from a $13.50 “foxhole kit” all the way up to the $5,000 “deluxe model” which featured beds, a phone, toilet, and a Geiger counter for detecting radiation levels. Many families constructed their shelters in the middle of the night in an effort to…

  • Quantum Leap Tackles Gays in the Military
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    Quantum Leap Tackles Gays in the Military

    “Well, was Tommy gay or not?” “Does it matter?” Oh boy. Welcome to the 60s! When men were men, women were women, and a time-traveling scientist was secretly laying the groundwork for the next three decades of queer liberation. All aboard, and welcome to Matt Baume’s Culture Cruise, where we take a deep dive on LGBTQ themes in the entertainment we love. This time, we’re checking out the 1992 episode of Quantum Leap entitled “Running for Honor,” in which Dr. Sam Beckett travels back in time to set right what once went wrong — and maybe pave the way for the Stonewall Riots. Culture Cruise is made possible by everyone…