Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens and Acceptance

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At The Exploratorium in San Francisco
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Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens and Acceptance
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Faith Middleton Show: Authors of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens and Acceptance

Frank Oppenheimer was the brother of atom bomb maker, Robert Oppenheimer. Imagine their feelings and thoughts after seeing the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

What sort of life do you make for yourself after that?  Robert Oppenheimer didn't fare so well, but his brother, Frank, did something remarkable.  He started a museum in San Francisco about science, a museum about play called The Exploratorium.  In many ways it's a work of humanistic genius - ask any child or adult who has payed among the exhibits and experiments.

We're going to hear about the world of Frank Oppenheimer, about why and how he went from bomb - making to something else truly extraordinary.  He was a man of incredible depth and generosity of spirit, but also a man capable of rage and cruelty.

Our guide is K.C. Cole, friend of the late Frank Oppenheimer and author of this remarkable story about his life, called Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens.