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Kitsap Anti-Nuclear Protestors Make Unlikely Ally In Former Naval Officer

This story originally aired on April 30, 2016.

Naval base Kitsap-Bangor, located on the Kitsap Peninsula is one of only two military bases in the United States that houses strategic nuclear weapon facilities. It's home to several Trident submarines, which are armed with nuclear weapons. The nuclear capabilities of these submarines have long made the naval base a focus of controversy and protest.

Ground Zero, a group of non-violent protestors, emerged in opposition to the base the late 1970s. The group has attracted many anti-nuclear protestors over the years. However, they found an ally in one especially unique peace protestor: former Navy officer, Tom Rogers. Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer talks with Rogers about his 32 years in the Navy and what changed his mind about nuclear weapons.

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.
Sound Effect producer Allie Ferguson has been making radio for nearly 5 years. She got her start at KUOW and has since traveled the country working for national news shows including WNYC's The Takeaway and NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Allie won a 2016 Gracie Award, which celebrates women in media, for her work at KUOW. She enjoys telling surprising stories about passionate people.