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Cold War history beyond the textbooks.

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English


Episodes

EP13: The Otters of Amchitka, Part 3 - "Cannikin 71 and Don't Make a Wave"

4/5/2019
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In this final episode of the "Otters of Amchitka" series, see how the Alaskan nuclear testing series, the ecological movement, the antinuclear movement, and a general distrust of government agencies led to the birth of the modern environmental movement. Not only that, it brought about a new kind of thinking that hounded government policy until the end of the Cold War.

Duration:00:32:47

EP12: The Otters of Amchitka, Part 1 - "Milrow 69 and Environmental Protest"

3/28/2019
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The Otters of Amchitka Part Two reveals the birth of the environmental movement and all of the conflicting international forces.

Duration:00:25:40

EP11: Fearmonger Fridays - "Terrorism vs. Apocalypse"

3/16/2019
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Understand why new nuclear holocausts on film don't work anymore, and why, while, they exist, they have moved past their time.

Duration:00:20:01

EP12: The Otters of Amchitka, Part 1 - "Milrow 69 and Environmental Protest"

3/4/2019
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The first part of a series on the birth of the environmental movement and how it ties in with nuclear testing in Alaska and the conservation of sea otters. As a historian of science, with a focus on environmental science, this story has always fascinated me. Not only does it have implications for environmentalism, but it plants the seeds of serious mass protest that agitate for the end of the Cold War. Otters! Who knew?

Duration:00:22:51

EP09: Fearmonger Fridays - "India and Pakistan and Kashmir, Oh My!"

3/1/2019
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This week on Fearmonger Friday, we look at the week's events in the ongoing drama between India and Pakistan and think about where it might lead and how we might get to World War III. If you're interested in current events, you can get some context here.

Duration:00:14:39

EP08: The Story of the Net Evaluation Subcommittee, Part 4 - "McNamara's Wrath and a Window on War"

2/21/2019
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In the final installment of the NESC story, Kennedy and Johnson get their briefings and the world comes so close to nuclear war. Gosh I just love the Cold War!

Duration:00:25:49

EP07: Fearmonger Fridays - "New Nukes for 2019"

2/11/2019
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In this episode of Fearmonger Fridays we explore not only the failure of international treaties of the Cold War, but the intentional reversal for reasons that seem somewhat arbitrary.

Duration:00:16:29

EP06: The Story of the Net Evaluation Subcommittee, Part 3 - "John Kennedy and 11 Copies Destroyed"

2/4/2019
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The third part of a series on the NESC and its secretive assessments of the Soviet ability to destroy the United States. In his first year in office, Kennedy was shaken by the dire predictions of the committee and destroyed the evidence of a highly classified briefing in July 1961.

Duration:00:26:02

EP05: Fearmonger Fridays - "Withdrawal from the INF"

2/1/2019
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What is the INF Treaty and does it make any difference to global security if the U.S. abandons it? Donald Trump has made his decision. Now we'll see where it leads.

Duration:00:11:47

EP04: The Story of the Net Evaluation Subcommittee, Part 2 - "Eisenhower's Crisis of Faith"

1/26/2019
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The second part of a series on one of the most secretive organizations ever spawned by the National Security Council. In this episode, we take a closer look at President Eisenhower and how the reports began to affect his perception of nuclear war and his belief that such a war could be “winnable.”

Duration:00:22:50

EP03: The Story of the Net Evaluation Subcommittee, Part 1

1/22/2019
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Part One of a series detailing the story of one of the most secretive organizations ever spawned by the National Security Council. The Net Evaluation Subcommittee (NESC) was tasked with analyzing the ability of the Soviet Union to destroy the United States...and the world. The reports of the NESC were windows on the apocalypse.

Duration:00:25:30

EP02: Last of the Cold War Kids

1/22/2019
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This podcast's origin story and why I became obsessed with the Cold War as a child (and a grownup, I suppose). Take a trip to the 1980s and remember the those last years before the fall.

Duration:00:25:45

EP01: The View from Ground Zero

1/22/2019
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Stories from ground zero, close calls, near misses, and the long quiet wait before the bomb. Standing at ground zero can be a very lonely place, indeed.

Duration:00:40:01

EP00: An Introduction to the Vault

1/22/2019
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A short introduction to me and the show.

Duration:00:02:22

02: Last of the Cold War Kids

1/20/2019
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This podcast's origin story and why I became obsessed with the Cold War as a child (and a grownup, I suppose). Take a trip to the 1980s and remember the those last years before the fall.

Duration:00:25:45