Cold War CastAug 04, 2023
My thoughts on the film Oppenheimer and one of the major themes of the film and how it relates to the Cold War
Aug 04, 202320:36
I Was A Communist For The FBI
Today we’re doing a Cold War analysis of the 1951 Film Noir gem “I Was A Communist For The FBI”, a dramatization of undercover agent Matt Cvetic’s time amongst the communists in Pittsburgh.
May 04, 202326:22
Western Tanks Coming to Ukraine
This episode is a little different because I’m giving my hot takes on the tanks coming to Ukraine. I feel that both the Ukrainian / Western and the Russian sides need a little moderation on the situation with the incoming tanks. I hope you enjoy this one, I’m shooting from the hip here on this subject
Jan 31, 202342:53
Red Nightmare (1962)
Today we’re looking at a real Cold War gem, “Red Nightmare”. Our protagonist gets taken on a twilight zone-esque journey into what his life would look like under communism. This short film is one of my favorite examples of the Cold War being fought through pop culture. Let me know what you think! As always, this is brought to you by Red Dragon Herbs, our own loose leaf tea business
Jan 26, 202326:43
Conelrad: Atomic Era Civil Defense
Today we’re talking about Conelrad, the American government’s answer to getting the word out in the event of a Soviet attack. This topic is a fun relic from those uncertain times. We had the power to blow each other up across the world, but communication across the country wasn’t foolproof
Oct 14, 202216:33
Eisenhower Introduces The Domino Theory
In a press conference in 1954, President Eisenhower cites the Domino Theory as a reason for America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam. Today we’re talking about the origins of the theory and its impact on the Cold War.
Sep 22, 202218:39
The Ayatollah’s Letter to Gorbachev
In January of 1989 Ayatollah Khomeini sent a letter to Gorbachev. He invites him to turn to Islam, but also gets his final digs in as the USSR crumbles. This letter is an interesting snapshot of the waning days of Gorbachev and the Soviet Union from a unique Cold War perspective we don’t hear from often.
Sep 13, 202225:04
Fighting Commies With J Edgar Hoover
Today we’re talking about the great Cold Warrior J Edgar Hoover and his 1958 book “Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How To Fight It”. This is a real gem from the red scare era of the Cold War. I leave you with a few actionable tips on fighting communism at the end. Enjoy!
Aug 30, 202225:47
The Manchurian Candidate
Today we’re talking about a Cold War pop culture gem, The Manchurian Candidate. This book was written after the McCarthy era “red scare” began to cool down. A good satire on the era. Enjoy
Jul 27, 202220:52
Top Gun (1986)
We’re going right in to the danger zone tonight and discussing Top Gun, which I think was America’s on-screen Cold War victory lap. It’s a story of a nation regaining confidence and redemption after being shaken up by the experience of the Vietnam War. Enjoy the episode and let me know what you think. Share, subscribe and support reddragonherbs.net or I’ll have you flying a cargo plane of rubber dogshit out of Hong Kong.
Jun 03, 202233:51
Sputnik: How America Reacted
Today we dig into the archives of the Des Moines Register to get reactions from when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, the first man made satellite into space.
May 19, 202228:14
May 9 Victory Day Parade
There will be a lot of eyes on this year’s Victory Day parade in Russia because of the speech Vladimir Putin will have to give. What will he say? In this episode I give a rundown of how the parade goes. At the end of the day, it’s a great Cold War throwback, lots of Soviet nostalgia and stunning military pageantry. I also discussed “babushka z” and how she plays into the current mood in Russia.
Apr 29, 202241:60
Austria’s Cold War Neutrality: A Template for Ukraine?
In this episode we talk about Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ukraine. There’s a little something for everyone, really
Apr 12, 202236:33
Ukraine, DEFCON and the Doomsday Clock
In this episode we’ll discuss DEFCON and the Doomsday Clock. I think these topics are relevant for understanding some of the information…and misinformation about the war in Ukraine
Mar 29, 202231:01
The Turkish Army in the Korean War
The second nation to step forward for Korea was Turkey. Today we’re talking about why they got involved, their experience and the mythos surrounding the Turks. We’ll also discuss the film “Ayla: Daughter of War”
Mar 09, 202242:58
Mcnamara’s Folly from a Cold War Perspective
Recently on the Jocko podcast he discussed Mcnamara’s Folly about Project 100,000 to draft substandard men into the armed forces. Today I discuss the Cold War considerations of the plan and how it relates to current American foreign policy. I’m all over the place on this one, enjoy!
Jan 27, 202232:04
Ethiopia in the Korean War
Of all the countries that participated in the Korean War, Ethiopia stands out as the most unique. Today we’ll tell the story of the Kagnew Battalion in Korea.
Dec 21, 202127:44
Poland and NATO’s Articles 4 and 5
Will Poland evoke Article IV of the North Atlantic Treaty due to tensions on the Belarus border? I don’t know, but we’ll discuss what these articles actually mean today
Nov 23, 202119:19
On The Beach by Neil Shute
Today we’re talking about that 1950’s Cold War classic of suspense, dread and horror “down under”, On The Beach.
Nov 17, 202122:00
The NATO Phonetic Alphabet
In order for NATO to work, everyone needs to be understood. Today we’re doing a quick episode about the Cold War considerations behind the NATO alphabet. Of general military interest as well
Nov 04, 202111:58
The Interstate and the Cold War
The interstate system we all probably use is a product of Cold War considerations. Let’s dive into it! Feels good to be back.
Oct 26, 202120:14
Welcome Back To The Cold War Cast
Hey guys, I’m back! Too much has been left unsaid about the Cold War. I’m ready to jump back in. We’ll figure out all the details on the fly.
Oct 20, 202107:23