In August 1980, He Planted a Giant Bomb in a Nevada Casino. Here’s What Happened Next.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 25 2014 7:10 PM

The Bomb Makers’ Bomb Maker

The Gist learns what happened when a Nevada casino discovered a ransom note, and gigantic bomb, on its second floor.

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A cloud of white dust blossomed from the second floor, enveloping the building and rolling across the parking lot.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo courtesy of Bill Jonkey.

Listen to Episode 78 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, Mike plays the mad dog and our guests play the Englishmen. Journalist Adam Higginbotham shares the story of a huge, ingeniously sinister bomb found in a Nevada casino in August 1980. His Atavist single is called A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite. Plus, Richard V. Reeves of Brookings explains why Americans should be just as concerned about economic mobility as income inequality. For the Spiel, is it fair to describe Michael Brown as “no angel”?

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.