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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

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 throughout...

Duration:01:27:48

20 - 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?”...

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...

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

15 - Sabine - An East German Childhood

6/23/2018
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Today we speak to Sabine who was 13 when the Wall opened. We hear about her childhood in East Germany and gain great insight into life at the time, the pressures on her family and her first steps into West Berlin. I found Sabine’s story very personal and moving detailing her experiences as her country disappeared almost overnight casting her family into an uncertain future as the safety net they were used too disappeared with it. I am delighted to welcome Sabine to Cold War Conversations.

Duration:01:13:48

10 - 1960s Road Trip Across the Soviet Union

5/18/2018
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Jeremy Poynton was a 16 year old school boy in 1968 when he embarked on a memorable trip by road from Leningrad to Odessa. He vividly describes a Soviet Union still struggling with poverty and a diverse range of peoples from city dwellers to remote Chechen villagers. It’s a unique story as Jeremy details his experiences and the sights of a 1960s Soviet Union just as the Prague Spring was being suppressed I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did, we welcome Jeremy Poynton.

Duration:00:50:54

9- Cloak & Dagger in Prague

5/12/2018
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Mark Baker is an independent journalist and travel writer who’s lived in Central Europe for more than two decades. I heartily recommend his travel website www.markbakerprague.com which is an eclectic mix of stories about his adopted hometown of Prague and stories from when Central Europe was the “Eastern bloc” and he was a full-time journalist trying his best to cover it. Mark tells an intriguing and compelling story and I urge you to listen right to the end. I hope you enjoy our chat...

Duration:01:15:43

8 - Warsaw Pact Armoured Fighting Vehicles

5/7/2018
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Welcome to Episode 8 of Cold War Conversations where we talk about the armoured fighting vehicles of the Warsaw Pact. Russell Phillips has written several books on Warsaw Pact military equipment and our conversation is an interesting exchange covering the evolution in design, tactics and the deployment of Warsaw Pact armoured forces should the Cold War have turned hot. It also covers a slightly off topic conversation about saunas and swimming pools in Soviet submarines and Frankie Goes...

Duration:01:09:08

7 - Interview with Stasi Child author - David Young

5/5/2018
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We speak with David Young who has written the Stasi Child - Karin Müller series of crime thrillers set in East Germany in the mid 1970s.

Duration:01:00:53

6 - The 1953 East German Uprising with Dr Richard Millington

4/28/2018
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We talk to about the relatively little known Uprising of 1953 in East Germany. A lot of focus justifiably is on the fall of the Berlin Wall, but it can be argued that the Uprising of 1953 sowed the seeds for the eventual demise of the GDR. We chat with Dr Richard Millington who has studied the Uprising and shares with us some fascinating research including eyewitness accounts and details from the Stasi files of the period.

Duration:01:33:07

5 - Part 2 of – Espionage, East Germany and Berlin with Spybrary host Shane Whaley

4/20/2018
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Welcome to episode 5 which is part 2 of our Cold War Conversation with Shane Whaley of Spybrary . Show notes at coldwarconversations.com/episode5/ We talked for some time ,so I have split this interview into two parts. I hope you find this second half as interesting as I did – settle in for a wide ranging and hopefully interesting conversation with my good friend Shane Whaley.

Duration:00:32:37

4 - Espionage, East Germany and Berlin with Spybrary host Shane Whaley

4/18/2018
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Welcome to episode 4 (part 1) of Cold War Conversations. Today we’re talking about Cold War espionage, East Germany and Berlin with shanespybrary-e1510077512760Spybrary host, Shane Whaley. Shane runs the Spybrary podcast at spybrary.com. Their goal is to encourage people to read new spy novels, revisit an old espionage classic and discuss them with our community of like minded spy fans. It’s great fun if you like spy books I highly recommend his podcast. Settle in for a wide ranging and...

Duration:00:54:51

3- The Strange World of East German Football

4/7/2018
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Welcome to Episode 3 of Cold War Conversations where we hear about the strange world of football in East Germany and even if you are not interested in football it’s a fascinating chat. Craig McCracken runs the website, Beyondthelastman.com, described as 20th century football writing and nostalgia in a skilled and cultured groove. One of his areas of interest is football in the GDR and from our conversation you’ll realise he is a fount of knowledge from BSG Rotation Babelsberg to FC Hansa...

Duration:01:08:45

2 - Berlin during the Cold War and Signals Intelligence

4/1/2018
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Welcome to Episode 2 of Cold War Conversations where we start with a fascinating eyewitness account of Berlin during the Cold War. Michael K Ferris lived in Berlin as a child of US Airforce personnel in the 1960s and 70s and then subsequently joined the US Airforce himself and worked in Signals Intelligence during the 1980s. In a wide ranging chat, we talked about life for American families and their kids in Berlin during the Cold War and also about the challenges of signals intelligence...

Duration:01:02:04

1- Introduction

3/24/2018
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Welcome to Cold War Conversations, chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period.

Duration:00:03:49