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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.

Cam & Ray's Cold War Podcast Cameron Reilly & Ray Harris

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    • 4.8 • 51 Ratings

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.

    Abortive Missions

    Abortive Missions

    The CIA’s first attempt to train foreign agents and parachute them into Soviet territory ended in disaster. So did their second attempt. And their third. And so on. But they did it anyway. Then the Korean War happened and Bedell Smith became the fourth CIA director in as many years. He inherited a disaster.

    • 54 min
    CIA Hearts Nazis

    CIA Hearts Nazis

    The CIA wanted to secretly funnel American cash to European politicians, criminals and businesses that would do their bidding. They also wanted to influence public opinion about capitalism, communism, but without appearing to. To accomplish this, they set up an enormous number of front groups, many of which still exist today. They also hid known fascist murderers in the US because they thought they might be useful.

    • 51 min
    CIA Front Groups

    CIA Front Groups

    The CIA wanted to secretly funnel American cash to European politicians, criminals and businesses that would do their bidding. They also wanted to influence public opinion about capitalism, communism, but without appearing to. To accomplish this, they set up an enormous number of front groups, many of which still exist today. They also hid known fascist murderers in the US because they thought they might be useful.

    • 1 hr
    Plausible Deniability

    Plausible Deniability

    On September 1, 1948, Frank Wisner took charge of the CIA’s covert operations. Known as the OPC - The Office of Policy Co-ordination. Although the CIA was a publicly known entity, the OPC was top secret. One of the first things he did was establish a multinational media conglomerate for spreading anti-Communist and pro-American propaganda. He spent millions trying to tip the political scales around the world by interfering in elections. In his mind, he was preparing for WWIII. According to one of his earlier hires: “We ran things. We were seen as kings. We went all over the world and we did what we wanted.'' Meanwhile the US Government passed a secret law saying that if the CIA was caught out doing something illegal, official policy was to lie about it to the American people and to the world.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ret. U.S. Major Danny Sjursen

    Ret. U.S. Major Danny Sjursen

    Taking a short break from our CIA series this week to talk to retired U.S. Major Danny Sjursen. Danny was a U.S. Army strategist and history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. These days he’s an outspoken critic of American imperialism.



    Danny talks to use about his journey from being your typical post-9/11 U.S. soldier wanting revenge, to the war critic that he is today. We also talk about the nature of the military-industrial complex, the so-called “West Point Mafia”, Trump’s military track record, Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, and what might happen if Trump tries to declare martial law.



    Follow Danny at @SkepticalVet and check out his podcast “Fortress on a Hill,” co-hosted with fellow vet Chris “Henri” Henrikson.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Covert Psychological Operations

    Covert Psychological Operations

    Even the CIA’s original legal counsel warned them that covert missions were illegal - but they did them anyway. On December 14, 1947, they were ordered to execute “covert psychological operations designed to counter Soviet and Soviet-inspired activities." Their first mission was to spend tens of millions of dollars of secret cash to influence the Italian elections. “We were terrified…. and going beyond our charter,” according to an early CIA operative.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

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What other pair of idiots could possibly shine such clarity of reverence on history with such irreverence, Genius.

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It just resonates with me so perfectly.

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Every episode has a twist and turn - not necessarily for the better

Cam & Ray give you everything they have in their in depth podcasts (that always go over time). In their smut-laden humoresque way, they will take you through pivotal moments in the Cold War and spend inordinate time taking you down various holes (such as on Anti-homosexual laws in England from 1800’s whilst talking abou famous British spies). My family put me onto them and they are worthy a listen, if not for the fuller picture of recent history but for Ray’s laugh! Give it a go.

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Fun and informative.

This is an awesome podcast I've been listening to for years. Cam and Ray's greatest strength, besides staminia, is really helping you feel and understand the perspective and motivations of these great figures during the cold war. Plus you get a bunch of awesome anecdotes to tell your friends.

I recommend the now recent episode Obrad where Cam chats a guy who grew up in Tito's Yugoslavia.

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