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In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.

In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.
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Manchester, United Kingdom

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In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Welcome to Cold War Conversations, a series of podcasts chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period. I don’t pretend to be a historian, but more someone fascinated by the Cold War who wants to learn more. I hope you’ll enjoy the informality of these interview and join me on a journey of discovery into one of the most interesting periods of the 20th century. I’m looking for anybody who would like to be interviewed about their Cold War experiences or why they are interested in the period.

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@coldwarpod

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English

Contact:

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Episodes

72 - Chasing the Moon - The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

7/19/2019
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In a world divided by the ideological struggles of the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, more than one-fifth of the people on the planet paused to watch the live transmission of the Apollo 11 mission. To watch as humanity took a giant leap forward exactly 50 years ago. Now before we start a special thanks to our select band of supporters who are helping us financially for the price of a cup of coffee a month to cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air. They...

Duration:01:01:19

71 - Stasi Infiltration of the Prenzlauer Berg Underground Literary Scene

7/12/2019
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In this episode we speak with Dr Alison Lewis is Professor of German in the School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is the a co-author of Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe which is published in August 2019. Now several of our fans are the proud owners of a Cold War Conversations Coaster, a gift from me to thank them for helping the podcast financially. For the price of a couple of coffees a month to cover the show’s increasing costs and keep...

Duration:00:19:08

70 - In deepest secrecy: Cold War Dutch submarine espionage

7/5/2019
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During the Cold War, six Dutch submarines secretly gathered intelligence about the Soviet Navy. Only a handful of people outside the Royal Netherlands Navy were aware of these operations, as they were not NATO operations. Thanks to our latest financial supporters Victor Osprey, Joe Collins, Eric Telander and Andrew Tyler who are helping us financially for the price of a cup of coffee or two a month to cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air. They will shortly be the proud owners...

Duration:01:07:20

69 - A US Soldier defects to East Germany – Part 2

6/28/2019
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We continue the story of Victor Grossman the US Army soldier who defected to East Germany. He tells us of his life in the GDR, his close friendship with Dean Reed “The Red Elvis”, of shortages, his views on Egon Krenz and his first trip back to the US in the 1990s. Thanks to our select band of supporters who are helping us financially for the price of a cup of coffee a month to cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air. They are the proud owners of a CWC coaster- don’t you want one...

Duration:00:53:13

68 - Nuking the Moon & Other Intelligence Schemes & Military Plots left on the Drawing Board

6/21/2019
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We talk with Vince Houghton – Curator of the International Spy Museum who has just written a new book called “Nuking the Moon & Other Intelligence Schemes & Military Plots left on the Drawing Board" If you’d to send us a few quid to help me run the podcast click here. Thankyou so much to our latest Supporters Leaving reviews on Itunes also helps so thanks to our latest reviewers Cheeses Word 101, Martini Glass Bob, Zach 1998!, GM0WDD, Balint Kaman, Trilbyhat, Skjip1969, Peteyinmontreal,...

Duration:01:17:32

67- Janina - Life in an East German village near the Polish border

6/14/2019
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Todays episode is different, the interviewer is not me, but one of our listeners who contacted me to help produce content for the podcast. This gave me the idea for a new area of the podcast called “Cold War Contributions” where listeners can send in audio interviews for broadcast on the show. Email me at Ian@coldwarpod.com if you are interested. If you’d to send us a few quid to help me run the podcast click here. Thank you so much to our latest Supporters Leaving reviews on Itunes also...

Duration:00:38:14

66 - Liberation Square

6/7/2019
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Gareth Rubin is an author and journalist and today we’re talking to him about his latest novel, Liberation Square set in a Soviet occupied UK in the 1950s. Thanks to our select band of supporters who are helping us financially for the price of a cup of coffee a month to cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air. They are the proud owners of a CWC coaster- don’t you want one too? Just click here to learn more. Three lucky listeners will win a copy of Liberation Square. Just join...

Duration:00:40:24

65 - A tour of F-111 base RAF Upper Heyford

5/31/2019
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In this episode we visit RAF Upper Heyford for a photography tour for Cold War enthusiasts … The episode is in three parts, the first is some audio from the tour, followed by an interview with Ric Batson a former member of the USAF 20th Security Police Squadron and tour guide as well as an interview with his wife who is also a tour guide covering some aspects of the challenges of being the British wife of USAF service personnel. If you are enjoying the podcasts then a few dollars, pounds...

Duration:00:39:26

64 - Arrested by the Stasi on an East Berlin day trip

5/24/2019
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Todd Anton was arrested by the Stasi while on a day trip to East Berlin and gives a raw and powerful account of his arrest, interrogation and eventual release. If you’d like to support us then from the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air as well as receive a Cold War Conversations coaster- this year’s sought after household accessory! Just click here. Thankyou so much to our current and latest Patrons. We welcome Todd Anton to...

Duration:01:10:06

63 - Flying the CF-104 Starfighter over Germany

5/17/2019
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Laurie Hawn is a retired Canadian Member of Parliament and former career fighter pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Laurie tells the story of low level delivery of nuclear weapons via the Starfighter as well as conventional missions. Also we get insight into the escape, evasion and interrogation training given to NATO pilots. As the podcast gets more popular our costs of hosting and running the podcast increase. If you are enjoying what you hear a few dollars, pounds or roubles a month...

Duration:00:59:28

62 – Disarming Doomsday

5/10/2019
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In this episode we speak with Dr Becky-Alexis Martin who is a lecturer in Cultural and Political Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University and author of Disarming Doomsday – The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima. If you like what you’re hearing then from the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us cover our increasing costs and keep us on the air as well as receive a Cold War Conversations coaster- this year’s sought after household accessory! Just click here....

Duration:00:56:34

61 – A US Soldier defects to East Germany

5/3/2019
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What could make a privileged 24-year-old American serving in the US Army in Germany in 1952 to swim across the Danube River to what was then referred to as the Soviet Zone? Victor Grossman who was born Stephen Wechsler but changed his name after defecting to the GDR. A child of the Depression, Grossman grew up in an environment that nurtured a commitment to left-wing causes. He continued his involvement with Communist activities as a student at Harvard in the late 1940s and after...

Duration:00:49:41

60 - Working at the British Embassy in Bucharest

4/26/2019
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In this episode we speak with Colin Munro who has had an extensive career with the British Diplomatic Service. Today we speak about his time as Head of Chancery in Bucharest, Romania between 1981 to 1982. He provides a vivid view of a country initiating a policy of total repayment of the foreign debt by imposing austerity that impoverished the population and exhausted the economy. If you like what you’re hearing then from the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help keep us on the...

Duration:00:34:42

59 - The Trans Siberian Railway

4/19/2019
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In this episode we speak with Mark Wiegers who travelled on the Trans-Siberian Railway in the late 1980s. His story tells of trouble with officialdom, the unexpected kindness of strangers and the beauty of a Soviet Union on the cusp of major change. Mark has taken a stunning set of photos on his journey which you can view below. I really recommend you take a look via our show notes here. If you want to help us out with the costs of hosting and running the podcast then from the price of a...

Duration:00:57:23

58 - Red Reporter - Covert Correspondent for East Germany - Part 2

4/12/2019
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In this episode we welcome back John Green to talk further about his covert journalism for East Germany. His story continues with his account of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution and a dangerous assignment to Pinochet’s Chile where he comes face to face with the infamous Dictator. We join my Cold War Conversation with John Green in Portugal. Can't wait for the next episode? Visit our discussion group here

Duration:00:47:28

57 - A 17 year old in the US Army

4/5/2019
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Today we speak to Manuel Alzaga who as a 17 year old joined the US Army in 1981. Manuel signed up to the artillery and tells his story from life of poverty in Los Angeles through to deployment in West Germany for a Reforger exercise. Before we get going you can really help us get more listeners by leaving reviews on Itunes or with your favourite podcast provider. This really helps raise our profile and get guests on the show. If you’d like to support us with a few dollars, pounds or...

Duration:00:33:44

56 - The Candy Bomber

3/29/2019
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We speak to 98 year old Gail Halvorsen aka "The Candy Bomber" who flew in the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Soviets had started a 11-month land blockade against West Berlin. The blockade was broken by a massive U.S.-British airlift of vital supplies to West Berlin. Gail tells an incredible story of an iconic humanitarian mission at the dawn of the Cold War. Now if you’d like to support our operating costs with a few dollars, pounds or roubles then head click here to learn more. Thank you so...

Duration:00:27:59

55 - Why Preserve Communist Architecture?

3/23/2019
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We welcome back Mark Baker from episode 9 where we spoke about his time in 1980s Czechoslovakia. Mark is a freelance journalist & travel writer living in his adopted hometown of Prague. I really recommend his blog which can be found here. Mark has lived in Central Europe for more than two decades and seeks out communist architecture in his home town and further afield. He is the ideal candidate to discuss the question “Why preserve Communist architecture?” Now back to today’s episode....

Duration:00:52:36

54 - Canucks Hunt For Red October

3/15/2019
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Colonel Terry Chester spent a good portion of his RCAF career hunting for Soviet Submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic area's of operation. He was instrumental in the design criteria for sub hunting capability's when Canada procured the, then new Aurora, for anti-submarine hunting in the early 1980's. Terry has great stories to tell regarding sub hunting tactics as well as Canadian participation in NATO exercises As the podcast gets more popular our costs of hosting and running the...

Duration:00:44:02

53 - East German Army Officer at the Fall of the Wall

3/8/2019
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In this episode we hear the third and final part of Torsten Belger’s story as he tells us about his first visit to West Berlin, leaving the East German Army and life after the GDR. Before we start a quick thanks to Skjip1969, Peteyinmontreal & GDR Objectified for leaving reviews in Itunes. Do leave reviews with your favourite podcast provider. It really helps us get new guests on the show. Thank you so much to all our fans that are supporting us – it is really appreciated! Just click here...

Duration:00:37:50