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    How the Iran-Iraq War Shaped the Modern World

    How the Iran-Iraq War Shaped the Modern World

    We live in a world shaped by the Iraq War. No, not that Iraq War. No, not that one either. We’re talking about the Iran-Iraq war. Just after Iran’s Islamic Revolution, it fought an eight year war with Iraq. The details of that war are incredible, and in the west, little known. Children cleared minefields, Iraq used chemical weapons, drones flew through the air, and helicopters engaged in dog fights with jets. And the consequences of that war shaped the region and the world. The effects are still with us today.


    Here to help us untangle all of this is Aram Shabanian, a graduate student of Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He also runs The Fulda Gap, a site dedicated to using OSINT to understand modern war.
    - Recorded 2/18/21


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    • 44 min
    Service Without a Smile: A History of the Draft

    Service Without a Smile: A History of the Draft

    The United States’ military is an all volunteer force and has been since 1973. The people who fought both Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan asked to join up. They had as many reasons as there are troops, but not one was compelled by the government. 


    Today, we’re talking to Beth Bailey, Distinguished Professor at Kansas University and the author of AMERICA'S ARMY: Making the All-Volunteer Force. We’re going to talk about the history of the draft and what came after.


    - Recorded 1/19/21
     
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    Why Navalny Went Back to Russia

    Why Navalny Went Back to Russia

    After surviving a poisoning attempt, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to his home country and was arrested. Now he’s been sentenced to serve a 3 and a ½ year prison sentence. After Navalny’s arrest in mid-January, people took to the streets of Russia’s cities to protest. We’ve seen this before, but there is a sense that this time is different.


    Is it? 


    Here to help us answer that question is Mark Galleotti. Galeotti is a frequent guest on the show, a Russia expert, and is currently the director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. His most recent books are We Need To Talk About Putin, and A Short History of Russia.


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    TEASER: The Cold War Conspiracy That Shaped the Modern GOP

    TEASER: The Cold War Conspiracy That Shaped the Modern GOP

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    Spartans, Confederates, and the Cult of the Loser

    Spartans, Confederates, and the Cult of the Loser

    State Houses across the country are filled with monuments to losers, traitors, and terrorists. General Robert E Lee and Benjamin Tillman are lauded alongside figures like George Washington. The reasons why are complicated, but they’re bound up in something called The Myth of the Lost Cause. If you’ve never heard of this or don’t understand why it’s so critical to understanding American history well, honey, you probably ain’t from the South.


    Here to help us understand what’s going on is Dr. Robert Thompson. Thompson is a historian working for Army University Press and the author of the forthcoming book Clear, Hold, and Destroy which is about the American war in Vietnam.
     
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    Turning QAnon QAnoff

    Turning QAnon QAnoff

    Please blame Jason Fields for that headline.


    Human trafficking and modern slavery are at the top of the news in the United States in the form of the QAnon conspiracy theory. It links together Democrats, child sex trafficking and a pizza place about a mile from my house.


    The pizza at Comet Ping Pong is just OK, but don’t ask to see the basement. There isn’t one.


    QAnon is one of the more whacko things going on in this country. Today we’re going to talk about the reality of human trafficking and how it actually works.


    We’re joined by Kieran Guilbert who covers human trafficking and modern slavery for the Thomson Reuters foundation. I worked for Kieran and learned a lot from him.


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Customer Reviews

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90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Canuk grappler ,

Always interesting content

Even episodes I would think I’m not interested in, somehow I find I enjoy it anyway.

DisposableIncome ,

Gone Downhill

I’ve listened to this podcast for several years, at least 5 years if not more. Back when it was War College (and run through Reuters I believe) it was a good podcast. Covered many things military, from conflict, to new technology, to niche stuff like the chicken cannon It offered info/content you wouldn’t find in too many other podcasts.

Over the past several months though the show has started to go downhill. The show has devolved into topics like whining about Trump, climate change, comics/magazines from the Vietnam era were sexist, etc. I can get a never ending supply of this type of content by watching Global News, CTV, CNN etc. When I listen to a podcast or subscribe to one I’m looking for a deeper dive into subjects that are more off the beaten path, and don’t need the hosts politics interjected in every podcast. I want more than just cookie cutter mainstream media talking points/ woke politics.

There’s enough content out there for the “Trump & Republicans are Hitler!/ Biden & Democrats are communists!” crowd. Didn’t need the war & military technology podcast podcast I used to like devolving into that garbage.....

Strikeslip ,

Great content, poor guest audio quality

Just tried listening to the Dresden episode. It sounded very interesting but the audio quality of the guest was so bad it was almost unlistenable! The guest sounded as if he was Skyping from the dark side of the moon. I’ve noticed this on more than one episode, regardless if I’m listening through headphones, Bluetooth speaker, or in my truck.

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