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Recently declassified U.S. documents reveal America's aggressive and controversial methods to stay ahead of the Soviets during the Atomic Age.

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During the Cold War, the U.S. government partners with Hollywood to create films for scientific research, military training and propaganda.
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An inside look at the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a top-secret military spy station developed during the Cold War.
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Recently declassified U.S. government documents reveal hidden secrets about the nuclear arms race.

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