The Agency - The Tethered Watchdogs of the IAEA


It is well known that people have difficulty imagining very large numbers. Sometimes that's a good thing. There are now 27 000 atomic warheads on the planet, most of them armed and ready.

Highly radioactive material is scattered among thousands of companies, research institutes, cellars and barns all over the world. What's more, a black market of unknown dimensions has arisen since the early 1990s. Deals are made with all kinds of radioactive material. This frightening situation is everyday routine for a growing number of highly specialized physicists, engineers, chemists and geologists.

We accompany three specialists: one young nuclear inspector on his first day of work, the very well experienced chief of the Security Laboratory who is responsible for the analysis of suspect substances from all over the world, as well as a security agent of the Anti-Terror-Agency "Illicit Trafficking", who attemps to ferret out thieves and smugglers of atomic material, uncover bomb-makers working in secret, and locate and secure dangerous substances.


Producer: Taglicht Media
Production year: 2009
Broadcaster: arte
Languages: English, German