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What is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? Is Arizona still a paradise for retirees? The "Aging" podcast series explores the ups and downs of growing old and explores important issues affecting the state's elderly.

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Inaccessible: Downwinders of Mohave County

A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957.
A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957. Photo courtesy Nevada Division Of Environmental Protection.

During and after World War II, the United States conducted hundreds of nuclear tests in the American Southwest, mainly Nevada and New Mexico. The radioactive fallout produced by these explosions traveled hundreds of miles, crossing state lines into Arizona and Utah. People who lived and worked in areas exposed to this radiation were more likely to develop cancer and other illnesses. They are known as downwinders. But not all of them are created equal in the eyes of the federal government.

Nate Boyle
Lindsey Riley