The Signal (Episode 13) | Peace Activism from Bucks County to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with Barbara Simmons

Barbara Simmons was executive director of The Peace Center for 30 years. She was founding director of PeaceTalks radio, producing documentaries from across the globe. And she continues to be a force for peace and justice in Bucks County.

Barbara Simmons served as executive director for 30 years of The Peace Center, an educational peace and justice non-profit organization in Bucks County. She was founding director of PeaceTalks radio, producing radio documentaries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Rwanda, South Africa, Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States, which aired on NPR, PRI and many other stations. Currently, Barbara is involved as an Ambassador to L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, the executive board of the NAACP, Chair of Communications for Newtown Dems, board member of Divorce Recovery Center, serves on DEI Committee of Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition and the Mercer Museum Advisory Committee, and is on the Board of the Nakashima Foundation for Peace. 

I talked with Barbara about why she memorializes the barbaric bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and her life as a long-time peace activist.

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Host Cyril Mychalejko’s 5 Book Recommendations to Further Shine a Light on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Peace

  1. Hiroshima, by John Hersey
  2. Fallout: The Hiroshima Cover-up and the Reporter Who Revealed It to the World, by Lesley M.M. Blume
  3. American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin
  4. Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action, by John Dear
  5. The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, by Jonathan Schell


The Signal is produced by Kevin Mahoney, Raging Chicken Media.

Music by Maf é Tulà and Cartas a Felice, “La Loca.” Panela Music. 

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Cyril Mychalejko is the Editor-in-Chief of the Bucks County Beacon. Read his columns on Sundays and follow him on Twitter.

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