When I used to co-teach American Studies with a history teacher, we used The Atomic Cafe each year. I think it should be required viewing for every American, especially those of us who did not live through the fifties. It exposes the popular culture and governmental propaganda that created, exploited and simultaneously purported to be trying to allay communist and atomic fears. The combination of vintage images, audio and video work together to create biting satire on the era. Its lessons are lasting.