19 episodes

A podcast on US intervention and revolutionary resistance in Latin America, and all the ghosts that still linger, from independent journalist Michael Fox. Co-produced by The Real News Network and NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America).

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/under-the-shadow--5958129/support.

Under the Shadow The Real News Network

    • News
    • 5.0 • 1 Rating

A podcast on US intervention and revolutionary resistance in Latin America, and all the ghosts that still linger, from independent journalist Michael Fox. Co-produced by The Real News Network and NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America).

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/under-the-shadow--5958129/support.

    Episode 11 | The US hand in Costa Rica

    Episode 11 | The US hand in Costa Rica

    In this episode of Under the Shadow, host Michael Fox takes us to Costa Rica to examine the so-called peaceful and democratic beacon in a region beset by dictatorships and violence, and the myths surrounding the elimination of the country's military, along with how the United States did its utmost to encourage San Jose to do its bidding.

    This is Episode 11.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present. 

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened—a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world.

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.

    This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA.

    Guests: 
    Ciska Raventós
    David Díaz
    Ivan Molina
    Rotsay Rosales
    Gustavo Fuchs

    Edited by Heather Gies.

    Sound design by Gustavo Türck.

    Theme music by Monte Perdido and Michael Fox. Monte Perdido's new album Ofrenda is now out. You can listen to the full album on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you listen to music. 

    Other music from Blue Dot Sessions.

    You can see pictures of Costa Rica’s National Museum and Butterfly Garden here.

    Follow and support journalist Michael Fox and Under the Shadow, and listen to his new podcast Panamerican Dispatch at https://www.patreon.com/mfox

    Here’s a...

    • 1 hr
    Bonus Episode 2 | Chomsky on U.S. Intervention in Central America

    Bonus Episode 2 | Chomsky on U.S. Intervention in Central America

    Noam Chomsky needs no introduction. He’s a celebrated linguist, who has long denounced U.S. empire at home and abroad. And he has a long relationship with Latin America.

    Chomsky’s 1985 book, Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace, was formative for many academics and activists analyzing the U.S. role in the region.

    In 2012, NACLA awarded him the Latin America Peace and Justice Award for his ongoing commitment to social justice in the Americas.

    Chomsky’s wife, Valeria Wasserman, is from Brazil. That’s where he is now. Chomsky suffered a stroke last year and was recently in a hospital in São Paulo, though he has since been released. 

    You can think of this as our small tribute to the great Noam Chomsky. 

     In this second bonus episode of Under the Shadow, host Michael Fox takes us to a October 26, 1983 lecture by Noam Chomsky, at the University of Colorado, on the impact of U.S. military intervention in Central America. It’s fascinating to look into what we knew then, even as the events were still unfolding, and hear the historical context from someone like Chomsky.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened—a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world. 

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox. 

     This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA. Additional info/links:
    You can listen to the first episode of Michael Fox’s new podcast, Panamerican Dispatch, here.Follow and support him and Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfoxTheme music by Monte Perdido.Monte Perdido’s new album Ofrenda is out now. You can listen to the full album on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube, or wherever you listen to music.Other music from Blue Dot Sessions.Many thanks to PM Press for their permission to showcase the clip from Noam Chomsky’s 1983 talk in today’s bonus episode.You can find...

    • 13 min
    Bonus Episode | Hollywood. Empire

    Bonus Episode | Hollywood. Empire

    In the late 1980s, British film director Alex Cox spent several months in Nicaragua filming Walker, a movie about the U.S. filibuster who invaded and took over the country in the mid-1800s.

    As Cox puts it, he was trying to make “a revolutionary film in a revolutionary context." That did not go over well in Hollywood. The movie would get him blacklisted. Even today, you still can’t find the movie streaming.

    In this bonus episode for Under the Shadow, host Michael Fox speaks with Cox about his 1987 movie Walker and his filming of the movie in Nicaragua in the 1980s. They also look at U.S. intervention and the film industry.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world.

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.

    This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA.

    You can listen to the first episode of Michael Fox’s new podcast, Panamerican Dispatch, here.

    Follow and support him and Under the Shadow, at https://www.patreon.com/mfox

    Theme music by Monte Perdido and Michael Fox.

    Monte Perdido's new album Ofrenda is now out. You can listen to the full album on Spotify

    Other music from Blue Dot Sessions.

    Here is the Trailer to Alex Cox’s movie Walker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XImi7fT7-J0

    You can purchase the DVD to the movie Walker, here: https://www.amazon.com/Walker-Criterion-Collection-Marlee-Matlin/dp/B000ZM1MJ6

    You can hear Joe Strummer’s soundtrack to Walker, here.

    And, if you liked this episode, don’t forget to check out Episode 8 of Under the Shadow that looks back on William Walker.

    The Real News Network
    Donate: therealnews.com/uts-pod-donate
    Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/uts-pod-subscribe
    Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews
    Follow us on Twitter: a...

    • 34 min
    Episode 10, Part 2 | Nicaragua, 1980s. Contra War

    Episode 10, Part 2 | Nicaragua, 1980s. Contra War

    In the early 1980s, U.S. President Ronald Reagan launched a covert war to destroy the fledgling Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua. It was brutal: Paramilitary war, CIA attacks, economic blockade, and more.

    It would wreak havoc on the country, killing tens of thousands and ravaging the economy. But an international solidarity movement stood up in response. And the Reagan government's hubris, and drive to fuel its war on Nicaragua, would break U.S. laws and lead to a shocking scandal in Washington: Iran Contra.

    In this episode, host Michael Fox walks back into the 1980s, to the U.S. response to revolution in Nicaragua and to the international solidarity that pushed back.This is Part 2 of Episode 10.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world.

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA.

    Guests:
    Alex Aviña
    William Robinson
    Alex Cox
    Marvin Ortega Rodriguez
    Eline Van Ommen
    Peter Kornbluh
    Coleen Littlejohn
    Grahame Russell
    Jose Francisco Artola

    Edited by Heather Gies.
    Sound design by Gustavo Türck.
    Theme music by Monte Perdido and Michael Fox.

    Permanent linksFollow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox. You can also see pictures and listen to full clips of Michael Fox’s music for this episode.Additional links/info
    Monte Perdido's new album Ofrenda is now out. You can listen to the full album on SpotifyOther music from Blue Dot Sessions.For declassified documents on the U.S. Contra war on Nicaragua and the Iran Contra affair, you can visit Peter Kornbluh's National Security Archives here and here.Brian...

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 10, Part 1 | Nicaragua, 1980s. Revolution

    Episode 10, Part 1 | Nicaragua, 1980s. Revolution

    The 1979 Nicaraguan revolution that overthrew a brutal U.S.-backed dictator ushered in a wave of hope in the Central American country. The new Sandinista government launched literacy and healthcare campaigns, carried out land reform and promised to improving the lives of all.

    But the United States, under president Ronald Reagan, feared the dominos would fall across Central America, and they unleashed assault on the country: paramilitary war, CIA attacks, economic blockade, and much more.

    In this episode, host Michael Fox, walks by into the 1980s, to the overthrow of dictator Anastasio Somoza and the beginning of both the Sandinista government and the U.S. response.This is Part 1, of episode 10.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world.

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.

    This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA.

    Guests:
    Alex Aviña
    William Robinson
    Marvin Ortega Rodriguez
    Eline Van Ommen
    Peter Kornbluh

    Edited by Heather Gies.
    Sound design by Gustavo Türck.
    Theme music by Monte Perdidoand Michael Fox
    Other music from Blue Dot Sessions.

    Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox

    You can also see pictures and listen to full clips of Michael Fox’s music for this episode.

    For Declassified documents on the U.S. contra war on Nicaragua, and Iran Contra, you can visit Peter Kornbluh's National Security Archives here and here.

    Eline van Ommen’s book, Nicaragua Must Survive: Sandinista Revolutionary Diplomacy in the Global Cold War (University of California Press, 2023), is available here.

    For the 2007 documentary American Sandinista, you can visit the website of director Jason Blalock. https://jasonblalock.com/

    Here are links to the 1980 documentaries...

    • 38 min
    Episode 9 | Nicaragua. Sandino

    Episode 9 | Nicaragua. Sandino

    In 1912, the United States invaded Nicaragua and began what would become the longest US occupation in Latin American history. The occupation would birth both a dictatorship and one of Latin America’s most important revolutionary heroes: Augusto Sandino.

    Sandino would wage a six-year-long guerrilla insurgency to rid Nicaragua of the US Marines. And he would win. The United States finally pulled out in 1933, the year before Sandino was assassinated by the forces of the man who would take power and rule for decades.

    In this episode, host Michael Fox takes us on the trail of Augusto Sandino. We visit his hometown and then speak with University of Pittsburgh historian Michel Gobat about Sandino’s life, the US occupation, and how it set the scene for everything that would come decades later, including the 1979 Sandinista Revolution.

    Under the Shadow is an investigative narrative podcast series that walks back in time, telling the story of the past by visiting momentous places in the present.

    In each episode, host Michael Fox takes us to a location where something historic happened — a landmark of revolutionary struggle or foreign intervention. Today, it might look like a random street corner, a church, a mall, a monument, or a museum. But every place he takes us was once the site of history-making events that shook countries, impacted lives, and left deep marks on the world.

    Hosted by Latin America-based journalist Michael Fox.

    This podcast is produced in partnership between The Real News Network and NACLA.

    Guests:
    Michel Gobat

    Edited by Heather Gies.
    Sound design by Gustavo Türck.
    Theme music by Monte Perdido and Michael Fox
    Other music from Blue Dot Sessions.

    Follow and support journalist Michael Fox or Under the Shadow at https://www.patreon.com/mfox

    For background, see Michel Gobat’s book Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (2005, Duke University Press)

    The Real News Network
    Donate: therealnews.com/uts-pod-donate
    Sign up for our newsletter: https://therealnews.com/uts-pod-subscribe
    Like us on Facebook: https://facebook.com/therealnews
    Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/therealnews

    Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/under-the-shadow--5958129/support.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Top Podcasts In News

The Rest Is Politics
Goalhanger Podcasts
The Rest Is Politics: US
Goalhanger
In The News This Week (the Have I Got News For You podcast)
Hat Trick Productions
The News Agents
Global
Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
Page 94: The Private Eye Podcast
Leading
Goalhanger Podcasts

You Might Also Like

Guerrilla History
Guerrilla History
Revolutionary Left Radio
Revolutionary Left Radio
Red Menace
Red Menace
Citations Needed
Nima Shirazi and Adam Johnson
The East is a Podcast
Sina Rahmani (@urorientalist)
The Red Nation Podcast
The Red Nation