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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

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+442070070000


Episodes

35 - The man who owns a Soviet submarine

11/9/2018
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We talk with John Sutton who owns a Foxtrot class Soviet Submarine moored in the middle of the River Medway in Kent. This may seem an unlikely location for a Soviet submarine but John tells an interesting story of how he acquired it. Before we go further I’d like to thank all our Patreons who donate monthly to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras. Now you might wonder what this Patreon stuff is I go about - in short it's a way of you can help fund further...

Duration:00:54:20

34 - Samy - Life as a West Berliner

11/2/2018
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Today we talk with Samy who as a native West Berliner describes growing up in the city during the 1970s and 80s. He describes in detail the difference between West Berlin and West Germany, including its position as a “special political entity”, how the death penalty in West Berlin was only abolished in 1989 and how as a child he was obsessed with Spy movies, spy books, and Cold War activities. Samy also talks about the battle between the East and West German Sandmännchen resulting in...

Duration:00:48:43

33 - Eileen - A British teacher living & working in East Berlin

10/26/2018
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Eileen shares some great information with us of working & living in East Berlin, with some surprising details. She also generously reveals details about the contents of her Stasi file. It’s a fascinating story that includes Eileen's escape from the Volkspolizei following a Billy Bragg gig in East Berlin. We welcome again Eileen Ford-Price. Further show notes are available at https://coldwarconversations.com/episode33/

Duration:00:35:18

32 - Eileen - A British student living in the GDR

10/20/2018
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Today we speak with Eileen Ford-Price who was British student in the GDR in the 1980s in Rostock. Before we start I’d like to thank all our Patreon who donate monthly to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras. Monthly donations can be as small as $1 or a quid and every donation helps keep us broadcasting and expending the show. Just go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option. Now back to today’s...

Duration:00:38:42

31 - The Korean War in Britain

10/12/2018
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We speak with Doctor Grace Huxford, author of the Korean War in Britain – Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting. Grace’s book is available on this link with a 50% discount using discount code PODCAST before 16th Nov 2018. The Korean War was known as the “forgotten war”, but it is key in understanding the early Cold War tensions and later repercussions that continue through to today. The equipment used in today’s episode has kindly been provided by our supporters who make monthly donations...

Duration:00:56:42

30 - Visit to a UK Nuclear Monitoring Post

10/6/2018
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A fascinating visit I made to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post in Staffordshire in the UK. My instructions were to meet in the Royal Oak pub car park where I would be escorted to the post…right on 11am David appeared and guided me up various little used country lanes into the hills above Rushton Spencer and onto a rutted track. We climbed further until a small well kept compound appeared over a ridge. Welcome to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps post…

Duration:00:56:34

29- Living History Event - The Soviet Threat

9/29/2018
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This episode takes place at a Living History event in and around the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker museum in deepest Cheshire in the UK. I can heartily recommend visiting the Hack Green Bunker and we are planning an audio tour of the bunker as a future episode. The event was patrolled by various re-enactors and checkpointshad to be passed as visitors are invited to venture between the two sides of the Cold War. A large contingent from the South Staff Living History Group were there,...

Duration:00:51:54

28 – USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks Vietnam recon, Skunkworks and more

9/21/2018
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USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks about about flying reconnaissance over Vietnam, the Skunkworks where secret USAF projects were developed, his time commanding Ramstein airbase at the end of the Cold War and more.

Duration:00:43:22

27 - Flying the SR71 Spyplane

9/15/2018
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Today we are talking about the SR71 Blackbird spy plane. Only 32 Blackbirds were ever made, and they were in service from 1964-1998. The great defensive ability of the plane was its high speed and altitude. Standard evasive action was just to accelerate, which made it almost invulnerable to the attack technologies of the time. The top speed of the plane was mach 3.3 (2,200 miles/hour that’s 36 miles/minute). Thanks to all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and...

Duration:00:52:41

26 - Prof Sergei Khrushchev Interview - Part 2

9/7/2018
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This is part 2 of my conversation with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union 1953 to 1964. Before we start I would again like to thank all those who are supporting the podcast with monthly pledges and donations. If you would like to support the podcast further and get access to some exclusive extras go to our web site at coldwarconversations.com and click on the “support the Podcast” menu option. In part 2 of this interview we gain insight...

Duration:00:30:41

25 - Prof Sergei Khrushchev Interview - Part 1

9/2/2018
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In part 1 of this interview we talk about Professor Khrushchev’s early years, his relationship with his father, his father’s rise to power, the 1956 Hungarian Uprising as well the first international visits accompanying his father to the UK, East Germany and the USA.

Duration:00:37:08

24 - West German Nuclear Monitoring System

8/25/2018
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West Germany had a number of Nuclear Warning Bunkers dotted around the country similar to the Royal Observer Corps in the UK. Mirko Krumm describes the organisation West German Civil Defence and the preservation of his bunker near Bremen.

Duration:00:36:48

23 - Gary Powers & the 1960 U2 Incident

8/18/2018
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Powers' U-2 was shot down on May 1, 1960, as he flew over Soviet airspace, and after parachuting out of the plane he was captured and convicted of espionage. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was freed on Feb. 10, 1962, in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. The incident and exchange was detailed on the Steven Spielberg film “Bridge of Spies”.

Duration:00:53:39

22- Talking Trabi

8/11/2018
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This episode is a Cold War Conversations first. It’s our first outside broadcast and we’re talking about East German cars with Alex Goffe and Mark Mullarkey of the UK-based Wartburg Trabant IFA Club. Now I don’t think Top Gear or Jeremy Clarkson, etc. have anything to worry about, but I hope you enjoy our chat and ride through the Staffordshire countryside in Alex’s Trabi…

Duration:00:38:46

21- BRIXMIS, British Defence of Berlin & Rudolf Hess

8/6/2018
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Welcome to Episode 21 of Cold War Conversations. Now I am very excited by today’s guest and we have a packed episode for you. Nigel Dunkley MBE is a former Royal Scots Dragoon Guard who served in Berlin with a squadron of Chieftain tanks tasked with defending the British Sector including the Brandenburg Gate should the Cold War have turned hot. Nigel also performed intelligence gathering duties in the former East Germany with BRIXMIS which was an intelligence organisation worked...

Duration:01:27:48

20 - Anke - Life as an East German teenager

7/29/2018
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Today we're talking to Anke Holst was born in the GDR during the 1970s in Rostock. Anke has returned to Rostock after many years abroad and now provides tours of GDR sites in Rostock. Our conversation highlights how different life was in the provinces of the GDR as opposed to Berlin . In a wide ranging, frank and honest discussion we talk about her family life with her mother who was a stalwart Party member, Anke's school class role as "Agitator", her training in Marxist-Leninism, and...

Duration:01:20:05

19 - Able Archer and the nuclear war scare of 1983

7/21/2018
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Today we're talking to Francesca Akhtar who holds a BA Hons in American Studies with 1st class honours from Canterbury Christ Christ Church University in Kent, and a Masters degree in US history & Politics from the Institute of the Americas, University College London. Her main research interests are US Cold War foreign policy, intelligence history and defence. Francesca has written a dissertation entitled “The most dangerous Soviet-American confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis?” An...

Duration:01:12:03

18 - RAF Greenham Common - A history of the iconic British nuclear base.

7/14/2018
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The airfield is probably best known, certainly in the UK, for the controversial deployment of Ground Launched Cruise Missiles in the 1980s and the resulting Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp outside its gates. Today’s guest is is a graduate in international relations, the author of “In Defence of Freedom; a History of RAF Greenham Common” and is also a Director of Greenham Control Tower Ltd. I am delighted to welcome Jonathan Sayers.

Duration:01:01:56

17- Eyewitness to the Prague Spring

7/7/2018
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In 1968 today’s guest was 15 year old at the same school in Prague as Czech communist leader Alexander Dubček’s son. Jan Čulík provides a valuable eyewitness account of the heady days of the Prague Spring and the subsequent Warsaw Pact invasion. He provides some insightful views that I found challenged my understanding of the Prague Spring. He details the situation in Czechoslovakia in the late 1960s, the Prague Spring, his experiences as the reformers were suppressed to the late 1970s and...

Duration:01:06:40

16 - How I nearly started World War 3

6/30/2018
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Today we’re talking to Mark Valley, host of the Livedrop espionage podcast. Mark served with the US army as a combat engineer in West Germany and later with the Berlin Brigade. His story gives you an eyewitness account of service in both locations, but also gives some insight into the training, tactics and dilemmas of service in the army. I am delighted and honoured to welcome Mark Valley.

Duration:01:29:10