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An engaging and dynamic look at one of the most critical issues of our time, Press the Button offers the latest news, insider interviews and in-depth perspectives on all things nuclear. Hosted by defense expert Joe Cirincione, president of the global security foundation Ploughshares Fund.


Alex Wellerstein, historian of science and creator of NUKEMAP, in discussion with Joe Cirincione.
Jul 22 • 42 min
Alex Wellerstein is a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology and the creator of NUKEMAP. He joins Joe Cirincione for a special interview on the history of nuclear weapons, deterrence theory, and why we never really left the ‘first’…
Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in conversation with Joe Cirincione.
Jul 15 • 37 min
Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss her view of the slow-building crisis in Iran, what Republicans and Democrats get wrong about North Korea, and her reasons for joining…
US Representative Anthony Brown interview; Early Warning with Mary Kaszynski and Catherine Killough
Jul 8 • 37 min
US Representative Anthony G. Brown sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss his experiences in the US military, congressional efforts to prevent new wars, and what inspires him as an elected official. Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with Mary Kaszynski…
Jon Wolfsthal, Director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and Former Special Assistant to President Obama, in conversation with Joe Cirincione.
Jul 1 • 44 min
Jon Wolfsthal, director of the Nuclear Crisis Group and former special assistant to President Obama, joins Joe Cirincione for a special in-depth interview. Jon discusses his experiences working on US nuclear policy as Senior Director for Arms Control and…
Daniel Ellsberg, writer, activist, and former US military analyst, joins Joe Cirincione in conversation.
Jun 24 • 38 min
Daniel Ellsberg, author, anti-war activist, and former US military analyst famous for releasing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, joins Joe Cirincione for a rare in-depth interview. Daniel discusses what he learned about US nuclear strategy during his time…
Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor and current Pod Save The World Co-Host, joins Joe Cirincione for a special in-depth conversation.
Jun 17 • 41 min
Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama and current co-host of Pod Save The World, joins Joe Cirincione for a rare in-depth interview. Ben reflects on successes and setbacks of the Obama Administration’s nuclear policy and…
Donté Stallworth, NFL wide receiver-turned national security policy wonk joins Joe Cirincione in conversation.
Jun 10 • 43 min
Donté Stallworth, a retired NFL wide receiver who now dedicates his livelihood to exploring issues of national security joins Joe Cirincione for an in-depth conversation. They discuss US-Iran tensions, the Trump administration’s online attacks on private…
Eric Schlosser, investigative journalist and author of Command And Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety, in discussion with Joe Cirincione.
Jun 3 • 36 min
Eric Schlosser – an investigative journalist, author and filmmaker – examines strategies for saner nuclear policy, the fallibility of our nuclear command and control system and how deterrence works… until it doesn’t. Schlosser will be a guest speaker at…
Beatrice Fihn of Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in discussion with Joe Cirincione.
May 27 • 31 min
Beatrice Fihn of Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in discussion with Joe Cirincione. They explore the humanitarian narrative around nuclear weapons and the basic belief of why it shouldn’t be legal to wipe…
US Senator Chris Van Hollen interview; Early Warning with guest analyst Erica Fein, Advocacy Director of Win Without War.
May 20 • 37 min
Senator Chris Van Hollen sits down with Joe Cirincione to share his insights on the current crisis in Iran, the future of arms control and the dangerous fiction of winning “small nuclear wars.” Michelle Dover hosts Early Warning with guest analysis from…
Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman interview; Early Warning with guest analyst Kelsey Davenport, Director of Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association.
May 13 • 30 min
This episode is dedicated to the fast-developing twin crises in Iran and North Korea. Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman shares her thoughts on John Bolton’s campaign to provoke Iran. Kelsey Davenport, of the Arms Control Association, joins Early Warning as a…
Maggie Feldman-Piltch of #NatSecGirlSquad interview; In The Silo with Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, Rep. Ted Lieu, Ben Rhodes, Yasmeen Silva and Kennette Benedict.
May 6 • 33 min
Maggie Feldman-Piltch of #NatSecGirlSquad on why diversity and inclusion are key elements of the national security discussion. Elizabeth Warner takes us behind the scenes for our #NukesOfHollywood panel with actor Michael Douglas, Ben Rhodes, Congressman…
Leah Greenberg, Indivisible co-founder and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019 in discussion with Joe Cirincione.
Apr 29 • 32 min
Leah Greenberg, co-founder of Indivisible and one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019, discusses her journey from congressional staffer to community organizer. Greenberg talks about how the idea for a 2016 handbook ignited a progressive…
An interview with Ned Price, Director of Policy and Communications with National Security Action.
Apr 22 • 33 min
Ned Price, former spokesperson for President Obama’s National Security Council and current Director of Communications and Policy with National Security Action is our special guest. Price sits down with Joe Cirincione to discuss the importance of…
An interview with Dr. Carol Cohn. Setting of the Doomsday Clock with Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Apr 16 • 37 min
Joe Cirincione speaks with Dr. Carol Cohn, founding director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights. Dr. Cohn explores the distinction between gendered ideas and gendered people – and how vulnerability is an inevitable part of the human…
Trailer
Apr 11 • 2 min
This trailer offers a sneak peek into Ploughshares Fund’s new podcast. Press the Button will offer the latest news, insider interviews and in-depth perspectives on issues related to nuclear policy and national security. Hosted by defense expert Joe…