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Cam & Ray's Cold War Podcast

The Cold War Podcast You've Been Waiting For.

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:34 +0000

Copyright: Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris jr

#44 – The Bombing Of Dresden

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:52:34 +0000

The city of Dresden was the primary victim of the “zone of limitation” agreement reached at Yalta—one of the few direct outcomes of the military consultations held there. In early 1945 Dresden was one of the few major German centers to have escaped systematic Allied bombing. On the night of February 13 – only two...

#43 – The Battle of Balaclava

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:30:58 +0000

On Feb 7, the British Chiefs of Staff decided to take the day off to visit the site of the Battle of Balaclava, infamous for the “Charge of the Light Brigade” in 1854. Meanwhile, the Americans and the Soviet military commanders took the opportunity to talk about Russia’s entry into the Pacific War against Japan....

#42 – Poland’s Borders

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:11:03 +0000

Conversation at Yalta turns to Poland’s borders. Stalin had a new proposal that would mean moving the southern part of the Polish-German border 200 kilometers west – into Germany, right up to the Oder & Neisse rivers. Which was actually giving Poland more of Germany than the U.S. and UK were happy with. They believed...

#41 – Frank Makes Shit Up

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:05:17 +0000

On Feb 8, when Stalin arrived for his lunch date with Roosevelt, FDR told him that the Foreign Ministers had met that morning and agreed to accept the two extra countries for the Soviet’s in the UN General Assembly. It was good timing for FDR, because that day they were going to be talking about...

Stalin-Era Diaries Go Online

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 04:35:47 +0000

Should provide some interesting content for the show: The site, called Prozhito, or Lived Through, was launched in 2015 and can be searched using the day, author or a keyword. It already includes more than 600 never-published journals. (source)

#40 – Stalin Plays With Pooh

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:32:50 +0000

At Yalta, Feb 7 and 8 – days 4 and 5 – are going to be about trying to get agreement on the Polish issues and the issue of the Soviets entering the war with Japan. Winnie The Pooh is getting played by Uncle Joe, who senses that the US/UK love fest is struggling. HOW...

#39 – Stalin Drops The Mic

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:26:37 +0000

Back to the question of Poland. Roosevelt suggests changing the Polish-Russian border – in the favour of the Poles. Why? It’d really help him out in the upcoming U.S. election. Churchill agreed with him. Why? It would really help him out in the upcoming British election. Stalin, as you can imagine, was not impressed with...

#38 – Warm Water Ports

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 05:26:06 +0000

Despite their attempts to get the U.K. and U.S.S.R. to give up on the concept of spheres of influence, the Monroe Doctrine remained the dominant way that America built its economic empire after WWII. Russia has always longed for more warm water ports and we explain why that’s important. We do a mini bio on Maxim Litvinov, the...

#37 – Poland

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:13:51 +0000

We are back talking about Poland and why it was such an important issue to the Big Three at Yalta. As Churchill himself said, Poland was so important, it was discussed at seven out of the eight plenary sessions and the official British record contained 18,000 words on Poland spoken by Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin....

#36 – That Little Rat Leo Pasvolsky

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:15:59 +0000

So after Sumner Welles resigned, the majority of the work on the UN charter was done by an interesting guy no-one remembers – Leo Pasvolsky. When he died in 1953, his New York Times obituary was subtitled “Wrote Charter of World Organization.” In a 1967 letter, Dean Acheson criticized American moralism in international affairs, which...

#35 – The United Nations

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:35:32 +0000

During the rest of Day Two of Yalta they discuss how much Germany should pay in reparations and how many Germans should go to Russia as slave labour. On Day Three, the talk turns to FDR’s passion project – The United Nations. We go into some detail about the early vision for the UN, the...

Cold War 34 – Charles de Gaulle

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:33:10 +0000

As the Yalta conference now turns to whether or not France should have a role in the occupation of Germany, the Allied Control Commission and the UN Security Council, we thought it was a good time to do a quick bio on France’s post-WWII leader, Charles de Gaulle, aka “The Big Asparagus Stalk”, aka “Chucky...

Cold War 33 – Dismemberment

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:59:06 +0000

We’re finally back! Sorry about the long wait. On day two of the Yalta Conference Franky wanted to discuss the role of France in the German occupation. Joey hijacked the agenda to demand agreement on dismemberment. And Winny just sucked his thumb because no-one cared what he thought about anything. PS ignore the episode number...

Cold War 32 – Fidel Castro Part 4

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:17:11 +0000

Part four (!!!) of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests.This is absolutely the last part, we promise! HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full...

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Cold War 31 – Fidel Castro Part 3

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:48:03 +0000

Part three (!!!) of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests. And yes – there is a part four! But it’s the last part, we promise!   HOW TO LISTEN If...

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Cold War 30 – Fidel Castro Part 2

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:25:17 +0000

Part two of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests.   HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or...

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Cold War 29 – Fidel Castro

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:07:10 +0000

With the recent death of Fidel Castro, we decided to take a quick detour from our linear narrative to jump ahead in time and talk about one of the major figures, not only of the Cold War, but of the 20th century. A hero to many, reviled by just as many, his death brought on...

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Cold War 28 – Yalta: Let The Small Birds Sing

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 01:08:20 +0000

Like he had before Tehran, FDR refused the idea of an Anglo-American bloc when he and Churchill met briefly in Malta before the conference. He’s trying hard to avoid putting Stalin on the defensive. Because he knows that in the game of wartime diplomacy, the player with the most troops on the ground had the...

Cold War 27 – Yalta: Day One

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:48:47 +0000

We FINALLY start talking about day one of the Yalta conference, explaining the key cast of characters – and a lemon tree.   HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through iTunes or any podcast player. If you haven’t heard any...

Cold War 26 – Prof Fredrik Logevall

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:02:54 +0000

Today we have another special guest – Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Professor of History in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Prof Fredrik Logevall. He’s also the co-author of America’s Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity (co-authored...

Cold War 25 – Maclean

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 04:41:33 +0000

This is the third and final of our episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week – Donald Maclean. After being recruited at Cambridge, he started working for the Foreign Office assigned to the division that looked after the League of Nations. Over the next few years, 45 boxes of documents were photographed and sent to Moscow. He rose...

Cold War 24 – Burgess

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:58:50 +0000

This is the second of our episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week – Guy Burgess. Where the others were highly self-controlled and shunned public scrutiny, he was wildly flamboyant, openly homosexual and often embroiled in scandal because of his drunken behaviour. He had the ability to charm anyone he sought out, including Churchill, and attracted an astonishing array of...

Cold War 23 – Philby

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:07:16 +0000

This is the first of two episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week – Kim Philby, arguably the most effective spy in the history of spying. The man running British operations against the Russians in the early years of the Cold War was actually working for the Russians himself. And there was every possibility that...

Cold War 22 – Yalta (part 1)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:00:28 +0000

By the time the Big Three finally met again after Tehran, it was February 1945, the US had re-taken the Phillipines. But the they were still a long way from Japan. And in Europe, they were all facing fierce crystal-meth fuelled German resistance. Plus we have Pomeranian dogs, golden fleece, a Greek revolutionary, a Jew...

Cold War 21 – The First Vietnam

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:37:57 +0000

Today we go back to 1898 and discuss The Philippine–American War, sometimes referred to as “The First Vietnam”. Trust us – it’s relevant to our story. Why did the United States invade the Philippines in 1898? And why did 200,000 Filipinos have to die as a result? And why did the US occupy it for...

Cold War 20 – Campbell Craig

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:30:15 +0000

Professor Campbell Craig is the Professor of International Relations at Cardiff University. He has held senior fellowships at Yale University, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the European University Institute, and, most recently, at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol, and has given invited lectures at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Chicago, Columbia, Cambridge,...

Cold War 19 – Bretton Woods

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 21:00:05 +0000

– A month after the opening of the second front, the Roosevelt administration organized a conference on postwar economic planning in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, at which American officials set up institutions designed to open up free trade around the world and to promote industrial development in former European colonies. – It was a gathering...

Cold War 18 – Tehran

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 05:54:54 +0000

Roosevelt and Churchill had their first war summit meeting in Casablanca in January 1943. The first Big Three conference was held in Tehran, Iran in November 1943. It turned out to be the most important summit of the war. In four days of meetings, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin debated the second-front question and hashed out...

Cold War 17 – Disgustingly Ugly

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:00:56 +0000

We start in August 1942. Churchill is still in Moscow, getting down with Uncle Joe. Stalin accuses the British of being a bunch of pussies, too scared to fight the big bad Nazis. To try to break up the UK/USA/USSR love nest, the Nazis dig up 3000 dead bodies of Polish generals and lay the...

Cold War 16 – Dr Peter Ellyard

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:48:47 +0000

Our guest today is Dr Peter Ellyard, a futurist, strategist, speaker and author living in Melbourne, Australia. He is known for his unique perspectives on global trends and emerging global markets. He talks to us about the role that “planetism” and the rising global middle class has on the future of the species and preventing...

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Cold War 15 – The Grand Alliance

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 23:00:19 +0000

In June 1941, the UK, USA and USSR slowly started to come together to defeat Germany and Japan. The Grand Alliance is often called the “Strange Alliance” because it united the world’s greatest capitalist state, the greatest communist state and the greatest colonial power. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen...

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Cold War 14 – Ribbentrop, Molotov, Barbarossa

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 23:00:43 +0000

In this episode we talk about the non-aggression pact signed between Nazi Germany and the USSR in 1939, known as the Ribbentrop – Molotov Pact, and then how Hitler decided to terminate it in 1941 when he launched a surprise invasion on the USSR, known as “Operation Barbarossa”. We also talk a little of the...

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Cold War 13 – The Great Terror

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:13:14 +0000

Today’s episode starts off with part 4 of our series on economics, where we look at the role of the media, and then launches into Stalin’s “Great Terror”. And we finish answering a question from a listener about Brexit. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in...

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Cold War 12 – Doug La Follette

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:06:02 +0000

  Our first guest on the Cold War series is Doug La Follette, Secretary of State of Wisconsin! Here’s some background. – Doug is the Secretary of State of Wisconsin a position to which he was first elected in 1974! – And he’s been the SoS pretty much ever since then, with a short break...

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Cold War 11 – Economics Pt 3

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:00:22 +0000

Part 3 of our three-part series on economics and war, where we drill down into the various ways companies profiteer from war and how it stimulates the economy via “Military Keynesianism”. On the suggestion of my wise friend Tony Kynaston, we’re making this episode available to non-subscribers, because the subject we’re talking about is that important. To...

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Cold War 10 – Economics Pt 2

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:51:44 +0000

Part 2 of our three-part series on economics and war. Still talking about trade and access to foreign markets. We look at the CIA’s overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953, the Marshall Plan and the Open Door policy.   HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show...

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Cold War 9 – Economics Pt 1

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:28:40 +0000

  This is going to be the first in a series of episodes where we talk about economics and war. I know – economics is a scary boring subject, but it’s really just the study of how people make and spend money. In this episode we’re going to argue that economics (money) was a significant factor...

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Cold War 8 – Mansplaining Capitalism

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:59:18 +0000

Okay so we’re still talking about IDEOLOGY. On our last episode we didn’t get time to get into talking about CAPITALISM, so that’s what we’re doing on this episode. We talk a little about the history of capitalism, try to define it, and discuss how the United Kingdom’s imperialist control over 25% of the world’s...

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Cold War 7 – Socialism

Thu, 26 May 2016 22:13:49 +0000

Welcome Premium Subscribers! Thanks for your love and support and the occasional reach-around. We want to tickle you in all the right places. On this episode, our first premium episode, we continue talking about IDEOLOGY. SOCIALISM v CAPITALISM. TWO IDEOLOGIES ENTER, ONE IDEOLOGY LEAVES. Or something like that. What are they? How are they different?...

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Cold War 6 – The First Red Scare

Sat, 21 May 2016 04:34:42 +0000

This is part one of a few episodes that will explain the military, ideological and economic conflicts and tensions between the US, UK and USSR before the Cold War. In this episode, we look at the “Polar Bear Expedition” and the first “Red Scare” in the US. Warning – this will be our last free...

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Cold War 5 – FDR Part Two

Wed, 04 May 2016 11:04:54 +0000

Part Two of our mini-biography of FDR.   

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Cold War 4 – FDR Part One

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:01:06 +0000

Part One of our mini-biography of everyone’s favorite wheelchair pilot, FDR. His family background (opium traders), his rise, his polio, his affairs, his reforms, his ballsy attitude, his assassination attempt, his concentration camps and how incredibly fucked America was when he was sworn in. In 1933, the US was in dire straits. Three years into the Great...

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Cold War 3 – The Man Of Steel

Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:49:11 +0000

Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili aka STALIN. Unlike Churchill and Roosevelt, Joseph wasn’t born into the elite classes of society. His father was a cobbler; his mother, a housemaid. As a young man, he trained to become a priest, but it didn’t take. Soon afterwards he discovered the writings of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, and joined the Russian...

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Thanks to our first Cold War Heroes!

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 22:10:31 +0000

This is a list of our supporters, in chronological order of their subscription. It’s like one of those patronage walls you’d find in an art gallery or museum. They are our COLD WAR HEROES. Cold War Heroes

Cold War 2 – Enter Churchill

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 05:04:41 +0000

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was a fascinating character. His reputation as a “great man”, as the brave British wartime leader who defeated the Nazis, hides his reputation before and after WWII – a racist who enjoyed participating in “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples” and who even his peers thought had extremely...

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New Art & Subscription Update

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 23:09:51 +0000

Well it’s been a huge week at CRCP HQ! We launched the first episode, launched our subscription service and took possession of new artwork from esteemed artist German Garcia! The feedback and excitement from everyone about the new series has been lovely. We recorded the first three episodes last week (Introduction, Churchill, Stalin) and the...

Cold War 1 – Series Introduction

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 04:08:37 +0000

Where your intrepid hosts set off on the audio journey of a lifetime and introduce the series. If you like our intro music, it’s by the very great Jofre Horta Antoniou!

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