The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Calutron Girls

In many operations during World War II, maintaining secrecy meant that everyone was on a "need to know" basis.  As a result, some employees had no idea of the part their work played in some very top secret projects.  These "Calutron Girls," posted on Retronaut, worked at their stations, monitoring meters and adjusting dials, without ever knowing that they were actually separating isotopes of  unranium for the Manhattan Project. 

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