64 episodes

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

    • History
    • 4.7, 43 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.

    #159 – Raging Mad

    #159 – Raging Mad

    On this episode we talk about the Independent State of Croatia, or NDH, lead by Ante Pavelić, and his Catholic fascist group, the Ustasha.

    • 58 min
    #155 – The Human Factor

    #155 – The Human Factor

    My guest today is Archie Brown, emeritus professor of politics at the University of Oxford and an emeritus fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, where he served as a professor of politics and director of St Antony's Russian and East European Centre. He has written widely on Soviet and Russian politics, on communist politics more generally, on the Cold War, and on political leadership. His new book is The Human Factor, about the end of the Cold War.

    • 54 min
    #152 – Tito (I)

    #152 – Tito (I)

    Josip Broz Tito grew up in poverty on a small farm in Croatia. He dropped out of school at 13, and apprenticed as a locksmith and mechanic. In 1913 he was conscripted into the Austro-Hungarian Army and ended up in WWI, where he was injured and captured by Russians. When the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917, he became a Bolshevik and fought with them against the White Army.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    #151 – First Lightning

    #151 – First Lightning

    When Stalin and Molotov heard what Truman had said at Potsdam about the USA having a new bomb ready, they saw it as a direct threat to the Soviet Union and increased their support for Soviet scientists. They might have been further advanced if it hadn't been for the purge of Soviet military strategists like Mikhail Tukhachevskii, aka "The Red Napoleon".

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #150 – The Red Napoleon

    #150 – The Red Napoleon

    When Stalin and Molotov heard what Truman had said at Potsdam about the USA having a new bomb ready, they saw it as a direct threat to the Soviet Union and increased their support for Soviet scientists. They might have been further advanced if it hadn't been for the purge of Soviet military strategists like Mikhail Tukhachevskii, aka "The Red Napoleon".

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #149 – The Soviet Bomb

    #149 – The Soviet Bomb

    It’s commonly thought in the West that the Soviet Union stole all of the secrets for building a bomb from their spies in the West. Not exactly correct. When nuclear fission was discovered in Berlin in December 1938, the Soviets were as quick to react as the West. But their economy wasn't as strong, and they had many more problems to contend with, so it didn't get a high priority. And then 4 million Germans invaded. On this episode we being to tell the story of the Nobel Prize-winning Soviet scientists who lead the work.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Azal0t ,

Biased but worth a listen.

The shows pro socialism bias can be off putting at times but the hosts are upfront about this. you know you’ve stumbled across something special when you find yourself cringing but enjoying the content regardless.

TheKippax ,

Better than caffeine and coke and long as your okay with coworkers thinking you might be a communist

It is late on a Wednesday night and I have to stay awake to go to work at midnight ( not my usual routine). How do I stay awake? TV? No I'll just fall asleep on the couch. Read a book? No way. Caffeine? Nope too tired to calculate the exact dosage and timing to keep me awake to work but then let me sleep afterwards. Illicit substances? Probably not the time to suddenly decide to dabble.....
Ray & Cam are the perfect solution! These gentlemen are the perfect balance of entertainment education and Inappropriate comedy! Cam the Alpha takes the lead with his exhaustive research and painstakingly taken notes while Ray the quiet American adds appropriate gravitas to the proceedings with giggling and insinuated strip teases. There is music, jokes, light banter but more than all of this there is serious history being shared in a relatable and entertaining way. I had no idea how much I didn't not know... excellent work once again gentleman, keep it up!
I did get some weird looks the next day from my coworkers. Probably from using the names of the various communist leaders mentioned as fake customers to complete system testing for my job, but hey I used the inspiration I had at hand.

Love your work as always guys

nicknamesaretaken671 ,

Turn everything else off

After listening to an informative, fact based cold war podcast I was looking for deeper analysis. Hello Cam & Ray!! Having come across this in 2019 I have had a lot of catching up to do. Doing a podcast a day (at normal speed) has made me laugh to the point I had to pull over.
Listening to these guys, well mostly Cam, has been extremely enlightening. I had completely forgotten about Stalins musical exploits. The Yalta confernce.... no detail was missed over what was probably 612.7 hours of podcasting gold. No stone was left unturned including a double podcast on the political and social implications of the serviette rings at the first dinner, the in-depth discussion on the interior colour scheme of the plenary session meeting room and not play back Cams awesome Russian, American and English accents.
Seriously this is worth the paltry investment.
If you don’t know what part Count Dracula, a lemon tree and Chucky D played in rolling out the Cold War sign up now..
Sorry the rating only goes up to 5.
Raf

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