A World of Our Own Making with Daniel Ellsberg

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The protagonist in the Pentagon Papers case and intrepid anti-nuclear activist brings his special brilliance and background to bear in a discussion of the political realities and choices he sees all of us facing, now and in the years to come, and ways in which we can bring about the dawning of an era in which people matter.


In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the White House, drafted Secretary Robert McNamara's plans for nuclear war. Later he leaked the Pentagon Papers. A senior fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, he is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is also a key figure in Steven Spielberg’s film about the Pentagon Papers, The Post, and the winner of the Olof Palme Prize for profound humanism and exceptional moral courage. He is the subject of the film, "The Most Dangerous Man in America." He lives in Northern, California, with his wife, Patricia Marx Ellsberg.

Daniel Ellsberg is the author of many books including: 

  • Papers on the War (Simon & Schuster 1972)
  • Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers (Penguin 2003)
  • The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (Bloomsbury Publishing 2018) 

To learn more about the work of Daniel Ellsberg go to www.ellsberg.net.

 Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 6/2/1980       Program number: 1507