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Tell Somebody

Jun 1, 2010

A little over twenty years ago, Ivory Mae Thomas was at work on the night shift cleaning offices at the Kansas City branch of the US nuclear weapons complex when someone came to her and said "I've got bad news for you. ...our machine had a little leak, and we discovered you stepped in radiation."  They took her to an emergency room at the plant, took her clothes, scrubbed her down, and came to her house in the middle of the night and scrubbed it down.  Thomas says she was never told exactly what she had been exposed to until a local television reporter dug it out with FOIA requests twenty years later.

On this edition of Tell Somebody, Ivory Mae Thomas and her son talk about her exposure to radioactive promethium in 1989.

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