Lead: On July 16, 1945 in the high desert of New Mexico, near the small village of Los Alamos, the first atomic bomb was exploded. The thing worked. Harry Truman had to decide what to do with it.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: On the day of the death of Franklin Roosevelt, just after taking office, President Harry Truman was approached by Secretary of War, Henry Stimson. The latter spoke briefly of a new weapon, nearing completion, a new explosive of almost unbelievable power. Truman did not know what he was talking about. Roosevelt had kept his Vice-President in the dark about a subject that was to provoke one of the earliest and most important decisions of Truman's Presidency, whether to use the Atomic Bomb on Japan or not. As the days passed and more information was made available, Truman slowly realized that within months he would have to determine how this new weapon would be used