Two multi-ton metal relics from the Cold War, abandoned in the gutted labs that once housed the Atomic Energy Commission in lower Manhattan, are heading to the scrap yard. The Libby Shield, a device that helped Willard Libby win the Nobel Prize for radiocarbon dating, and a 70,000-pound full body scanner, the first ever made to detect radiation in humans, occupy an area scheduled to be converted to offices. Can they be saved for posterity by the summer intern who “discovered” them? Trashing History is a short documentary that looks at how much history can–and should be–saved.
Running Time: 11 minutes