Watch a 1962 Newsreel Reporting the Cuban Missile Crisis in Progress

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"50 years ago this week, the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war," Sara Lipk writes, looking back at The Atlantic's coverage of the crisis; "On October 14, 1962, a U.S. reconnaissance mission discovered medium-range ballistic missile sites in Cuba. The 13 days of brinkmanship that followed have been called the most dangerous episode in recorded history." Dated October 25, 1962, the archival Universal Studios newsreel below reveals the tense sequence of events that unfolded. Courtesy of the Internet Archive, the six-minute clip covers Adlai Stevenson speaking at the U.N., the military mobilization of both sides, and the cameras that discovered Cuban missile sites from the air. The dramatic music and voiceover are fitting, given that the segment was screened in movie theaters as a part of Universal Studios' bi-weekly news series

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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