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  • Summary

  • The Cold War, Prohibition, the Gold Rush, the Space Race. Every part of your life -the words you speak, the ideas you share- can be traced to our history, but how well do you really know the stories that made America? We’ll take you to the events, the times and the people that shaped our nation. And we’ll show you how our history affected them, their families and affects you today. Hosted by Lindsay Graham (not the Senator). From Wondery, the network behind Tides Of History, Fall Of Rome and Dirty John.
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Episodes
  • The Cold War - An Ideological War | 1 (Ad-free)

    Jan 3 2018
    For nearly 50 years, the United States and Soviet Union waged a global war of ideas fueled by politics, intrigue, and nuclear weapons. But how did the polarized ideologies of these two global powers threaten the existence of the entire world? This is Episode 1 of a six-part series on the Cold War. We’ll discover how the United States’ suspicion of communism not only led to a global stand-off, but threatened the freedom and democracy Americans so cherished at home. For more information on the subjects and themes discussed in the episode, see the book “Global Cold War,” by Odd Arne Wested. It’s an amazing dissection of the ideologies that dominated the Cold War. See also, “Many Are the Crimes,” by Ellen Schrecker, for an in-depth discussion of McCarthyism and the real world effects of the Red Scare. For more info about Bentley Glass, the geneticist under investigation at the beginning of the article, see Audra Wolfe’s article, The Organization Man and the Archive: A Look at the Bentley Glass Papers. Wolfe’s book, “Competing with the Soviets,” was also crucial to our understanding of the Cold War. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    38 mins
  • The Cold War - Hearts and Minds | 2 (Ad-free)

    Jan 3 2018
    Forget trenches, infantry and tanks. The United States and Soviet Union fought the Cold War with ideas and information. Episode 2 describes the cunning of Soviet propaganda campaigns. The United States adapted those techniques for their own purposes, broadcasting an image of the nation as a beacon of hope and freedom through covert ops and jazz concerts alike - even if those at home were hurting or oppressed. For more information on the subjects and themes discussed in the episode, see the book “Total Cold War,” by Kenneth Osgood. It’s essential to understanding how propaganda shaped policy and vice-versa during the Cold War. Penny Von Eschen’s books, “Race Against Empire,” and “Satchmo Blows Up the World,” discuss at length the ways in which black American culture, Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement both helped and hindered US foreign policy goals. Finally, Audra Wolfe’s book, “Competing with the Soviets,” was crucial to our overall understanding of the Cold War. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    37 mins
  • The Cold War - Nuclear Fear | 3 (Ad-free)

    Jan 3 2018
    What is the United States to do when direct conflict with the Soviet Union promises almost certain annihilation? They turned to proxy wars and psychological warfare with the threat of nuclear weapons keeping both countries in check. Ever wondered how an atom bomb works? We’ll cover it in Episode 3 including the scientific concepts, the arms race and the problem of ensuring complete and absolute control over these weapons. For more information on the subjects and themes discussed in the episode, see the book “Raven’s Rock” by Garrett Graff. It goes into great detail about the secret plans our government made to ride out a nuclear holocaust. Eric Schlosser’s “Command and Control” examines the ways the nuclear arsenal was required to function at 100% — and what happened the few times it didn’t. “Command and Control” was also made into a riveting documentary film. Finally, Audra Wolfe’s book, “Competing with the Soviets,” was crucial to our overall understanding of the Cold War. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    42 mins

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Disinformation

Listening to the Cold War portion it shows severe slant to the Communist narrative. They attack the Catholics for interfering in Italian politics but fail to mention that the communists were executing and imprisoning priests in Eastern Europe. They focus on McCarthyisms mistakes while ignoring the millions Stalin etc executed behind the Iron Curtain.

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History with a Slanted View

I love learning about history and wanted to enjoy this. But, by the second episode it was clear this was history being told from the person's political view. I must admit, he is good because it was subtle. I will not make this mistake again. Disappointed, Wondery.

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Inaccurate.

A greatly skewed presentation more interested in presenting a political interpretation of history than objective historical events.

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A Spin on History

Classic way to spin history in order to make Socialism look the victim of the struggle between Capitalism and Tyranny. Fools.

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Long running quality program

This has been a favorite of mine for years. Well researched and great delivery! Listen and like!

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Quality Content and Highly Entertaining

One of my favorite history podcasts. It let's you imagine you are in a different time. It is the only show I know of with this kind of first person view of history which I really like. The characters are well done, and do justice to the people of the time period. There is clearly a ton of effort put into the quality of this show.

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really engaging historical podcast

I love it! I've not listened to a ton of podcasts because I generally prefer to watch tv (sorry!!!) but I felt like getting into some that might teach me something and I love these! they really try and make you feel immersed in the story and think about how you would feel if you were in these situations. I've only gotten through the Cold War and Prohibition so far but I'm hooked.

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not disinformation

This is an excellent, well produced program that tells stories about American policies that affected society in many profound ways but that were often stupid, ineffective or otherwise not in keeping with the characteristics espoused in the American mythos.
We Americans would be better off as a society if we were educated in our successes as well as failures so that we may avoid repeating the latter.
Acknowledging mistakes should be part of the down to earth, honest, patriotic American stereotype. Instead, many choose to deny unsavory shenanigans and hide behind childish whataboutism. Owning up to one's mistakes should be an American virtue.

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Interesting and informative

I discovered this podcast a few months ago and have been addicted to it. I love it - history presented in such a dynamic, interesting way. HIGHLY recommended!

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Great Modern History

I love history. so glad I discovered this podcast. Great reader, great script! Even though I've lived through the Cold War, this podcast really puts things into perspective

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