Cam & Ray's Cold War Podcast
By Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris
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If you were alive from 1945 - 1990, the Cold War was an ever-present reality. We grew up being told that the world could end any minute - and you probably wouldn't know it was coming until it hit. On this series we're going DEEP on the Cold War - why it happened, how it happened and where it left us. As with our other hit podcast series, this show contains heavy doses of bad language, irreverent humour and singalongs.
||Explicit#82 – Alex Wellerstein||Our guest today is Alex Wellerstein, a self-described “historian of science, secrecy, and nuclear weapons”. He’s a Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He blogs here and is on Twitter here.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#77 – Bombing Japan||* Which brings us to April 1945. * Only weeks before Germany surrendered on May 7, FDR dies. * And Truman takes over as POTUS. * He knew nothing of the Manhattan Project or the atomic bomb. * He was briefed on it immediately by Sec of War Stimson.||4/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#74 – Benn Steil & The Marshall Plan||Benn Steil is an American economist, author of a great new book on “The Marshall Plan”, and senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber,||3/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#73 – k||* Fission involved breaking apart the nuclei of heavy elements like uranium or plutonium. * Fusion involves forcing the nuclei of lighter elements, like hydrogen or deuterium, together. * And deuterium, which is basically heavy hydrogen,||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#70 – No Military Justification||* The Potsdam declaration on Japan was tricky. * It was drafted while Churchill was still PM. * In fact it was probably one of the last things he did as PM. * But it was signed by Attlee. * Stalin had to be involved,||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#67 Clement Atlee||Attlee was Churchill’s lame duck deputy PM. In fact he was the first Deputy PM the UK ever had. I didn’t realise this, but in the UK the role of the Deputy PM isn’t like you’d expect, like it is in Australia or like the Vice-President in the||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#65 – Michael Neiberg||Prof Michael Neiberg is Chair of War Studies and Professor of History, Department of National Security and Strategy, US Army War College. He has also written a number of excellent books on the First World War – as well as the book we are talking abo||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#62 – Truman||Harry S. Truman. Farmer. Soldier. Failed businessman. Given his political career by a mobbed-up bootlegger. Became President through fate. Adopted John Wayne persona to try to look tough. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber,||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#59 – Stalin Versus The Pope||Stalin crushes the Ukrainian Catholic Church, partly because socialists believe religion is the opium of the masses, and partly because the Pope, Pius XII, had done a deal with Hitler and was a virulent anti-Communist.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#56 – Dracula||What does Dracula have to do with the Cold War? The next issue to drive a wedge between the Big Three was the government of Romania. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe throug||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#53 – Declaration of Liberated Europe||Just when I thought I was out… they pulled me back in! To Yalta! Before the Big Three left Yalta, they signed a document that promised to allow the people of Europe “to create democratic institutions of their own choice”. Of course, at the time,||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#46 – The Big Threesome||At the end of a long day full of hard bargaining, The Big Three could still relax in one another’s company. In this episode we discuss the most important dinner of the conference. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subscriber,||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#43 – The Battle of Balaclava||On Feb 7, the British Chiefs of Staff decided to take the day off to visit the site of the Battle of Balaclava, infamous for the “Charge of the Light Brigade” in 1854. Meanwhile, the Americans and the Soviet military commanders took the opportunity||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#40 – Stalin Plays With Pooh||At Yalta, Feb 7 and 8 – days 4 and 5 – are going to be about trying to get agreement on the Polish issues and the issue of the Soviets entering the war with Japan. Winnie The Pooh is getting played by Uncle Joe,||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#37 – Poland||We are back talking about Poland and why it was such an important issue to the Big Three at Yalta. As Churchill himself said, Poland was so important, it was discussed at seven out of the eight plenary sessions and the official British record contained.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#34 – Charles de Gaulle||As the Yalta conference now turns to whether or not France should have a role in the occupation of Germany, the Allied Control Commission and the UN Security Council, we thought it was a good time to do a quick bio on France’s post-WWII leader,||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#32 – Fidel Castro Part 4||Part four (!!!) of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests.This is absolutely the last part,||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#31 – Fidel Castro Part 3||Part three (!!!) of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests. And yes – there is a part four!||12/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#30 – Fidel Castro Part 2||Part two of our “quick” biography on Fidel Castro, using the New York Times’ obituary, breaking it down, line by line, to uncover the propaganda. And we’re making these Castro episodes free to guests. HOW TO LISTEN If you’re already a subsc||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#29 – Fidel Castro||With the recent death of Fidel Castro, we decided to take a quick detour from our linear narrative to jump ahead in time and talk about one of the major figures, not only of the Cold War, but of the 20th century. A hero to many,||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#26 – Prof Fredrik Logevall||Today we have another special guest – Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Professor of History in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences – Prof Fr||11/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#23 – Philby||This is the first of two episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week – Kim Philby, arguably the most effective spy in the history of spying. The man running British operations against the Russians in the early years of the Cold War was actually worki||10/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 – Campbell Craig||Professor Campbell Craig is the Professor of International Relations at Cardiff University. He has held senior fellowships at Yale University, the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the European University Institute, and, most recently,||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 – Disgustingly Ugly||We start in August 1942. Churchill is still in Moscow, getting down with Uncle Joe. Stalin accuses the British of being a bunch of pussies, too scared to fight the big bad Nazis. To try to break up the UK/USA/USSR love nest,||8/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 – Dr Peter Ellyard||Our guest today is Dr Peter Ellyard, a futurist, strategist, speaker and author living in Melbourne, Australia. He is known for his unique perspectives on global trends and emerging global markets. He talks to us about the role that “planetism” and||8/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 – The Grand Alliance||In June 1941, the UK, USA and USSR slowly started to come together to defeat Germany and Japan. The Grand Alliance is often called the “Strange Alliance” because it united the world’s greatest capitalist state,||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 14 – Ribbentrop, Molotov, Barbarossa||In this episode we talk about the non-aggression pact signed between Nazi Germany and the USSR in 1939, known as the Ribbentrop – Molotov Pact, and then how Hitler decided to terminate it in 1941 when he launched a surprise invasion on the USSR,||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 13 – The Great Terror||Today’s episode starts off with part 4 of our series on economics, where we look at the role of the media, and then launches into Stalin’s “Great Terror”. And we finish answering a question from a listener about Brexit.||7/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 12 – Doug La Follette||Our first guest on the Cold War series is Doug La Follette, Secretary of State of Wisconsin! Here’s some background. – Doug is the Secretary of State of Wisconsin a position to which he was first elected in 1974!||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 11 – Economics Pt 3||Part 3 of our three-part series on economics and war, where we drill down into the various ways companies profiteer from war and how it stimulates the economy via “Military Keynesianism”. On the suggestion of my wise friend Tony Kynaston,||6/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 10 – Economics Pt 2||Part 2 of our three-part series on economics and war. Still talking about trade and access to foreign markets. We look at the CIA’s overthrow of the Iranian government in 1953, the Marshall Plan and the Open Door policy.||6/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 9 – Economics Pt 1||This is going to be the first in a series of episodes where we talk about economics and war. I know – economics is a scary boring subject, but it’s really just the study of how people make and spend money.||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 8 – Mansplaining Capitalism||Okay so we’re still talking about IDEOLOGY. On our last episode we didn’t get time to get into talking about CAPITALISM, so that’s what we’re doing on this episode. We talk a little about the history of capitalism, try to define it,||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 7 – Socialism||Welcome Premium Subscribers! Thanks for your love and support and the occasional reach-around. We want to tickle you in all the right places. On this episode, our first premium episode, we continue talking about IDEOLOGY. SOCIALISM v CAPITALISM.||5/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 6 – The First Red Scare||This is part one of a few episodes that will explain the military, ideological and economic conflicts and tensions between the US, UK and USSR before the Cold War. In this episode, we look at the “Polar Bear Expedition” and the first “Red Scare”||5/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 5 – FDR Part Two||Part Two of our mini-biography of FDR.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 4 – FDR Part One||Part One of our mini-biography of everyone’s favorite wheelchair pilot, FDR. His family background (opium traders), his rise, his polio, his affairs, his reforms, his ballsy attitude, his assassination attempt,||4/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 3 – The Man Of Steel||Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili aka STALIN. Unlike Churchill and Roosevelt, Joseph wasn’t born into the elite classes of society. His father was a cobbler; his mother, a housemaid. As a young man, he trained to become a priest, but it didn’t take.||4/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 2 – Enter Churchill||Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was a fascinating character. His reputation as a “great man”, as the brave British wartime leader who defeated the Nazis, hides his reputation before and after WWII – a racist who enjoyed participating in “a lot||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCold War 1 – Series Introduction||Where your intrepid hosts set off on the audio journey of a lifetime and introduce the series. If you like our intro music, it’s by the very great Jofre Horta Antoniou!||3/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Best podcast ever (I hope)
What a fantastic podcast this is. The hosts, Ray and Cam, do a really good job in saying stuff about this particular topic. The format is familiar--like a warm blanket: Cam says things, and then Ray also says things. Both, usually, about the thing that they happen to be discussing at that moment. Every week (or less often as may be relevant/appropriate) I wait eagerly for the next episode to drop. The best part is when Cam starts going off on sub-tangents on issues that are directly related to the main theme, and are not in any way divergent. And also, when Ray laughs in a high pitched squeal. If you are looking for a Cliff Notes version of a podcast on this subject, then this podcast is NOT for you. A+++. Would buy again...
(First review FTW!!!!)
Take my money, PLEASE!
From the moment I heard about Ray and Cam's (I gotta put the American first, ahead of the Aussie) new proect, I knew I would be a subscriber. I love these two presenters. Their style is something that holds my attention and gives this History geek a wonderful feeling.
Being a subscription podcast, I wait for them to tell me explicitly where to put my money so that I can listen to every moment of their wisdom.
Well worth your time.
I've followed these two miscreants across history and beyond the edges of decency and propriety. They have a way of drawing you into both their subject matter and their childish tangents. I fully expect this partnership to produce an earnest, thoughtful, well-sourced, controversial, and illuminating narrative of perhaps the most important global staring contest in history.
If you want to learn and want to be challenged, you should subscribe. If you prefer to believe what you already believe, you should move along.