#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, reviled by just as many, his death...

#28 – Yalta: Let The Small Birds Sing

Like he had before Tehran, FDR refused the idea of an Anglo-American bloc when he and Churchill met briefly in Malta before the conference. He's trying hard to avoid putting Stalin on the defensive. Because he knows that in the game of wartime diplomacy, the player...

#27 – Yalta: Day One

We FINALLY start talking about day one of the Yalta conference, explaining the key cast of characters – and a lemon tree.   HOW TO LISTEN If you're already a subscriber, you can listen to the full show in the player below or subscribe through iTunes or any...

#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 Fredrik Logevall....

#25 – Maclean

This is the third and final of our episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week - Donald Maclean. After being recruited at Cambridge, he started working for the Foreign Office assigned to the division that looked after the League of Nations. Over the next few years,...

#24 – Burgess

This is the second of our episodes about the Cambridge Five! This week - Guy Burgess. Where the others were highly self-controlled and shunned public scrutiny, he was wildly flamboyant, openly homosexual and often embroiled in scandal because of his drunken...

#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 working for the...

#22 – Yalta (part 1)

By the time the Big Three finally met again after Tehran, it was February 1945, the US had re-taken the Phillipines. But the they were still a long way from Japan. And in Europe, they were all facing fierce crystal-meth fuelled German resistance. Plus we have...

#21 – The First Vietnam

Today we go back to 1898 and discuss The Philippine–American War, sometimes referred to as "The First Vietnam". Trust us - it's relevant to our story. Why did the United States invade the Philippines in 1898? And why did 200,000 Filipinos have to die as a result? And...

#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, at the Institute for Advanced Studies...

#19 – Bretton Woods

- A month after the opening of the second front, the Roosevelt administration organized a conference on postwar economic planning in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, at which American officials set up institutions designed to open up free trade around the world and to...

#18 – Tehran

Roosevelt and Churchill had their first war summit meeting in Casablanca in January 1943. The first Big Three conference was held in Tehran, Iran in November 1943. It turned out to be the most important summit of the war. In four days of meetings, Roosevelt,...

#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, the Nazis dig up 3000 dead bodies of Polish...

#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 the rising global...

#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, the greatest communist state and the greatest colonial...

#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, known as "Operation...

#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. HOW TO LISTEN If you aren’t already a...

#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! - And he’s been the SoS pretty much ever since then,...

#11 – Economics & War 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, we're making this episode...

#10 – Economics & War 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.    

#9 – Economics & War 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. In this episode we're...

#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, and discuss how the United...

#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. TWO IDEOLOGIES ENTER,...

#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" in the US.

#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, his concentration camps and how incredibly fucked America...

#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. Soon afterwards he...

#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 of jolly little wars...

#1 – Let’s Get Cold

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!