HBO’s White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki debuts tonight

Tonight, HBO debuts White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a documentary about the two atomic bombs dropped 62 years ago today and Thursday in Japan.

It airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT and 10:30 p.m. ET (on HBO West), repeating Tuesday at noon and 10 p.m., and frequently throughout the week. It’s also available on DVD Tuesday.

The film includes “first-hand accounts” from “14 atomic bomb survivors, many of whom have never spoken publicly before,” and “four Americans intimately involved in the bombings,” according to HBO. Director Steven Okazaki uses “rarely seen, intense archival footage and photographs, banned for 25 years after the war, with survivors’ paintings and drawings, all of which convey the devastating toll of atomic warfare in human terms.”

In an interview posted on HBO’s site, Okazaki says the four American soldiers are today “adamant about the necessity of dropping the bomb, and all of them said they had no regrets about being part of it. But they all made powerful anti-war, anti- nuclear weapons statements at the end of the film. And this was not prodded by the film crew at all; the one thing they seemed to clearly have thought about was the future use of nuclear weapons, and about the state of the world we’re in.”

He also says that “what we want to do with the film is not make particular political points, but just the point that the bombs affected the lives of real people, and so let’s hear what they have to say.” Here are two short clips of those people from the film:

White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki [HBO]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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