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Cam & Ray's Cold War Podcast

The Cold War Podcast You've Been Waiting For.

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:50:01 +0000

Copyright: Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris jr

#78 – Alamogordo

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:50:01 +0000

On 6 June, Stimson again briefed Truman on S-1. * The briefing summarized the consensus of the Interim Committee, set up as an advisory group on atomic research. * It’s job was the advise on the proper use of atomic weapons in wartime and to develop a position for the United States on post-war atomic...

#77 – Bombing Japan

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:29:01 +0000

* Which brings us to April 1945. * Only weeks before Germany surrendered on May 7, FDR dies. * And Truman takes over as POTUS. * He knew nothing of the Manhattan Project or the atomic bomb. * He was briefed on it immediately by Sec of War Stimson. * By the time Truman took...

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#76 – Operation Alsos

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:57:02 +0000

Of course, while the bomb was being designed, they had to figure out how they were going to deliver it. And WHO was going to deliver it. Way back in March 1944, the US Army Air Force, with William Sterling “Deak” Parsons and his team at Los Alamos, developed two bomb models and began testing...

#75 – The Beer Can Experiment

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 03:48:12 +0000

* President Roosevelt authorized the Manhattan Project to go full steam 26 days after Fermi’s success, on 28 December 1942 * The U.S. would end up spending $2 billion on it. (about $22 billion in 2018 dollars) * Do you know why it cost so much? * 130,000 people * When I thought of the...

#74 – Benn Steil & The Marshall Plan

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:54:19 +0000

Benn Steil is an American economist, author of a great new book on “The Marshall Plan”, and senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. 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...

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#73 – k

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 02:27:02 +0000

* Fission involved breaking apart the nuclei of heavy elements like uranium or plutonium. * Fusion involves forcing the nuclei of lighter elements, like hydrogen or deuterium, together. * And deuterium, which is basically heavy hydrogen, is far easier to get your hands on than uranium. * But there’s still not a ton of it....

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#72 – The Manhattan Project

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:56:56 +0000

* President Roosevelt responded to Einstein’s letter by setting up the Advisory Committee on Uranium under Lyman J. Briggs, director of the National Bureau of Standards. * Side note: his daughter Isabel would eventually marry Clarence Myers and go on to generate the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator with her mother. * Which is complete bullshit BTW....

#71 – The World Set Free

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:36:13 +0000

* In 1913, H. G. Wells wrote a book called The World Set Free * The novel begins: “The history of mankind is the history of the attainment of external power. Man is the tool-using, fire-making animal. . . . Always down a lengthening record, save for a set-back ever and again, he is doing...

#70 – No Military Justification

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 21:26:32 +0000

* The Potsdam declaration on Japan was tricky. * It was drafted while Churchill was still PM. * In fact it was probably one of the last things he did as PM. * But it was signed by Attlee. * Stalin had to be involved, but he couldn’t sign it because the U.S.S.R. was still...

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#69 – The Atomic Bomb

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:23:00 +0000

* Episode 69. * Ray’s favourite number. * Have you actually had one yet, Ray? * Sister in law? * Truman had given his final approval to the plan to invade Kyushu, the southern most island of Japan, just two weeks before leaving for Potsdam. * A Russian invasion of Manchuria and Korea figured prominently...

#68 – Two And A Half Men

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:43:52 +0000

Well the election result shocked everyone.  And the rest of the contingent at Potsdam weren’t very happy about it either.  We might think that the Soviets would be please to be dealing with a British government made up of socialists.  But that wasn’t the case.  Stalin didn’t like Attlee or the British Labour Party.  Despite...

#67 Clement Atlee

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 04:49:46 +0000

Attlee was Churchill’s lame duck deputy PM.  In fact he was the first Deputy PM the UK ever had.  I didn’t realise this, but in the UK the role of the Deputy PM isn’t like you’d expect, like it is in Australia or like the Vice-President in the USA.  The Deputy PM doesn’t take over...

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#66 – Potsdam Begins

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:19:35 +0000

Stalin arrived in Potsdam a day late. Claimed he had a small heart attack. Might have been a ruse. It gave the others a day to take a tour of Berlin on July 16 and see the destruction first hand. During the first week of the conference, everyone was jubilant, having won the war – but Truman quickly...

#65 – Michael Neiberg

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:18:56 +0000

Prof Michael Neiberg is Chair of War Studies and Professor of History, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College. He has also written a number of excellent books on the First World War  – as well as the book we are talking about today – Potsdam: The End of World War II...

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#64 – Towards Potsdam

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:44:31 +0000

After a string of fuckups, Truman starts listening to other people, like Joseph Davies, the US Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1937-38, one of the guys he had ignored before his first meeting with Molotov. They decide a new meeting of the Big Three is needed – and start to plan the Potsdam Conference....

#63 – The Old One-Two

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:33:32 +0000

Truman listens to certain people who tell him he should get tough with the Russians. At his first meeting with Molotov, the Soviet Foreign Minister said “I have never been talked to like that in my life.” “Carry out your agreements and you won’t get talked to like that,” Truman replied. Then Truman decides to...

#62 – Truman

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 06:40:55 +0000

Harry S. Truman. Farmer. Soldier. Failed businessman. Given his political career by a mobbed-up bootlegger. Became President through fate. Adopted John Wayne persona to try to look tough. 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....

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#61 – FDR Dead

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:08:56 +0000

Then, on April 12, 1945, FDR died, aged only 63. 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 of the series and want to know if you’ll like it before you...

#60 – In Like Flynn

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:31:46 +0000

FDR sends one of his inner circle, Edward Flynn, a staunch Catholic, to meet the Pope to try to keep the peace between him and Stalin. Stalin meanwhile revived caesaropapism, the old tradition dating back to Constantine, making himself head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Not a bad promotion for someone who once studied to...

#59 – Stalin Versus The Pope

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:08:45 +0000

Stalin crushes the Ukrainian Catholic Church, partly because socialists believe religion is the opium of the masses, and partly because the Pope, Pius XII, had done a deal with Hitler and was a virulent anti-Communist. 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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#58 – Operation Sunrise

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:35:32 +0000

March 8, 1945. Allen Dulles, the Bern station chief of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (a forerunner of the CIA), met in secret with Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff, the former head of Heinrich Himmler’s secretariat, who in the last years of the war became the commander of SS forces in northern Italy, to discuss Germany’s...

#57 – Alger Hiss

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:33:33 +0000

On February 13, 1945, U.S. Secretary of State Stettinius and his staff were invited to a reception hosted by Vyshinsky in the commissariat’s guesthouse in Moscow. Little did the Americans know that one member of their staff was a Soviet spy. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full...

#56 – Dracula

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 07:30:57 +0000

What does Dracula have to do with the Cold War? The next issue to drive a wedge between the Big Three was the government of Romania. 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...

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#55 – Cold As Ice

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 09:02:33 +0000

Our first post-Yalta episode! Churchill and Roosevelt go home and give big speeches about how well Yalta went and how the Big Three really get each other. And then it all fell apart. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through...

#54 – Nyet

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:46:35 +0000

The last day of Yalta! We’re out, baby! Churchill fell asleep in the middle of an important debate and then woke up ranting about the wrong things. Iran wants everyone to leave their oil alone but no-one cares. Stalin wanted access to the Black Sea Straits. And Frank does the last big deal of his...

#53 – Declaration of Liberated Europe

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:09:52 +0000

Just when I thought I was out… they pulled me back in! To Yalta! Before the Big Three left Yalta, they signed a document that promised to allow the people of Europe “to create democratic institutions of their own choice”. Of course, at the time, the British were waging a war in Greece to prevent the people...

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#52 – German Reparations Part II

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:57:56 +0000

As the Yalta conference comes to a close, the question of German reparations is settled on, but it’s obvious that Stalin still doesn’t trust the other two. And the feeling is mutual. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through iTunes...

#51 – German Reparations

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 07:13:46 +0000

Stalin goes hard on the issue of German reparations but meets with pushback from Churchill, while Roosevelt can’t seem to make up his mind. 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...

#50 – Summary Execution

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:15:35 +0000

So after they agreed on Poland, the rest of the February 9 plenary session is spent talking about Germany.  Specifically – what to do with the Nazi big dogs.  Previously secret British War Cabinet papers released on 1 January 2006 have shown that Churchill had been advocating since 1942 for a policy of summary execution...

#49 – Prof. Serhii Plokhii, Harvard

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:35:54 +0000

We have a very special guest. Professor Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky professor of Ukrainian history at Harvard University, where he also serves as the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute. He’s the author of quite a few award-winning books including “The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine”, which in 2015 won the...

#48 – Settling The Polish Question

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 09:02:04 +0000

Day 9 at Yalta! The official, famous photographs are taken, and someone worries that he’s going to be sent to the Gulag as a result. And the Polish question is finally settled to everyone’s relief. They can almost go home. Oh and there was no raping. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you...

#47 – The Rapist

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:38:55 +0000

Someone else was at the dinner on February 8, Day 4, at Koreiz villa – Lavrentii Beria the head of the dreaded People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs – a known womanizer and rapist. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through...

#46 – The Big Threesome

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:47:31 +0000

At the end of a long day full of hard bargaining, The Big Three could still relax in one another’s company. In this episode we discuss the most important dinner of the conference. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through...

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#45 – Stalin Agrees On Japan

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:53:48 +0000

A deal was struck between FDR and Stalin: the Soviets will join the war with Japan in exchange for territorial acquisitions at Japan’s expense and the creation of a Soviet sphere of influence in northeastern China. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below...

#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....

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#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...

#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...

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#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....

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#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...

#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...

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#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...

#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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#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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#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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#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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#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...

#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...

#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...

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#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...

#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...

#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...

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#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...

#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...

#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,...

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#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...

#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...

#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...

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#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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#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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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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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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