From 1958-1975 young children from all across St. Louis donated their teeth to the Baby Tooth Survey. It was the only study of its kind in the US and we owe the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in large part to its results. Nina Gilden Seavey was one of the kids who donated her teeth. As a special guest on the most recent episode of My Nuclear Life, she details that experience and discusses the survey’s legacy.
Seavey is working on a much longer podcast series about the long ripple effect of the survey that endures up until today. But until the longer and more complicated story is released, take a listen to this! It’s an amazing story of science, public health, and international politics. Listen here