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Real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. We're capturing the unknown stories of the Cold War before they are lost...

Cold War Conversations Ian Sanders

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Real stories of the Cold War told by those that were there. We're capturing the unknown stories of the Cold War before they are lost...

    The Cold War handshake in the heavens - the Apollo-Soyuz mission (210)

    The Cold War handshake in the heavens - the Apollo-Soyuz mission (210)

    On 17 July 1975 the first manned international space mission, carried out jointly by the United States and the Soviet Union. Millions of people around the world watched on television as a United States Apollo module docked with a Soviet Union Soyuz capsule. 
    The project, and its memorable handshake in the heavens, was a symbol of détente between the two superpowers during the Cold War, and it is generally considered to mark the end of the Space Race.
    Unthinkable only years earlier the Apollo–Soyuz mission was made possible by the thaw Soviet-US relations. According to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, "The Soviet and American spacemen will go up into outer space for the first major joint scientific experiment in the history of mankind. They know that from outer space our planet looks even more beautiful. It is big enough for us to live peacefully on it, but it is too small to be threatened by nuclear war.”
    Our guest is Cold War Conversations favourite, author Stephen Walker, the author of Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space.
    Buy the book here and support CWC
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    Do check out our two previous episodes with Stephen.  Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode172/ and the Forgotten Cosmonaut here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode192/
    I’m asking listeners to support my work and enable me to continue recording these incredible stories. If you become a monthly supporter via Patreon, you will get the sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    I am delighted to welcome Stephen Walker back to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information here.  https://coldwarconversations.com/episode210/
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.
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     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
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    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev - aspiring actor and poetry fan (209)

    Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev - aspiring actor and poetry fan (209)

    Now, what do you think of when you hear the name Leonid Brezhnev who ruled the Soviet Union for 18 years from the 1960s to the 1980s? 

    An old guy waving weakly from the Lenin mausoleum?
    Well, think again! We speak with Susanne Schattenberg, the author of a new biography that systematically dismantles the stereotypical and one-dimensional view of Brezhnev as the stagnating Stalinist by drawing on a wealth of archival research and documents not previously studied in English. 
    The Brezhnev that emerges is a complex one, from his early apolitical years, as an aspiring actor and poetry fan, through his swift and surprising rise through the Party ranks. 
    We talk about his hitherto misunderstood role in Khrushchev's ousting and appointment as his successor, to his somewhat pro-Western foreign policy aims, deft consolidation and management of power, and ultimate descent into addiction and untimely death. 
    For Schattenberg, this is the story of a flawed and ineffectual idealist - for the West, this biography makes a convincing case that Brezhnev should be reappraised as one of the most interesting and important political figures of the twentieth century.

    Buy the book here and support CWC 
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    Now time doesn’t come free and I’m asking listeners to support my work recording these incredible stories via a small (or large)l donation. If you become a monthly supporter via Patreon, you will get the sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    I am delighted to welcome Susanne Schattenberg to our Cold War conversation…
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated 
    Looking for a Xmas gift for the Cold War aficionado in your life?
     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
     More info here https://rdbl.co/3kv7lYk
    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/

    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)

    • 56 min.
    Born into a family of Canadian Communists (208)

    Born into a family of Canadian Communists (208)

    Fred Weir was a third-generation red diaper baby from Toronto and a long-time member of the  Communist Party. His uncle, trained at the Lenin School in Moscow in the 1920s as an agent of the Communist International, the Comintern and spent many years in the USSR.
    Fred had visited a few times, had studied Russian history up to the graduate level, but never wanted to live there until Gorbachev came to power in 1985. The new general secretary, the party’s first to be born after the revolution, talked, unlike any Communist leader since the original Bolsheviks. Suddenly, there was the electrifying prospect of socialism powered from below, a system focused on creative human potential rather than crop statistics. 
    Now I know some of you skip this bit, but if you want to continue hearing these Cold War stories I’m asking listeners to pledge a monthly donation of at least $4, £3 or €3 per month to help keep the podcast on the air, although larger amounts are welcome too. 
    If you donate monthly via Patreon or Buy Me a Coffee you will get the sought after CWC coaster and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.
    I am delighted to welcome Fred Weir to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information here. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode208/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated 
    Looking for a Xmas gift for the Cold War aficionado in your life?
     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
     More info here https://rdbl.co/3kv7lYk
    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/

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    • 1 u. 2 min.
    Berlin: Capital of Spies (207)

    Berlin: Capital of Spies (207)

    For almost half a century, the hottest front in the Cold War was right across Berlin. From summer 1945 until 1990, spying was part of everyday life in both East and West Berlin.
    I speak with historian Bernd von Kostka of the Allied Museum in Berlin-Dahlem who has co-authored with Sven Felix Kellerhoff the book Capital of Spies: Intelligence agencies in Berlin during the Cold War recently published by Casemate.
    The book describes the spectacular successes and failures of the various secret services based in the city and in this episode we will concentrate on one of the chapters detailing the work of the various Allied listening stations.

    Buy "Capital of Spies" and support the podcast here
    UK Listeners https://amzn.to/3mFb3jKUS Listeners https://amzn.to/3waLwSLThis podcast relies on listener support to enable me to continue to capture these incredible stories and make them available for free. You can support my work and help to preserve Cold War history via one off or monthly donations
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/for more details.
    Do join our Facebook discussion group where the cold war conversation continues between episodes. Just search Cold War Conversations on Facebook.
    I am delighted and honoured to welcome back Bernd von Kostka to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information here.  https://coldwarconversations.com/episode207/
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.
    Looking for a Xmas gift for the Cold War aficionado in your life?
     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
     More info here https://rdbl.co/3kv7lYk
    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/

    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)

    • 52 min.
    How a Soviet conscript became a NATO General (206)

    How a Soviet conscript became a NATO General (206)

    In 1985, an eighteen-year-old named Riho Terras arrived at the Soviet armed forces’ large conscript assessment facility in Tallinn obeying his conscription orders.
    Little did he know that 26 years later he would be a NATO General.
    Riho shares his experiences in the Soviet Navy with us in some detail. We hear about his service on the Soviet frigate Zadornyy including trips to the Mediterranean and Cuba as well as monitoring NATO warships.
    Riho also shares his experiences of Estonian independence and the challenges of converting the country into an independent nation.
    I’m extremely grateful to Elisabeth Braw, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who facilitated this interview via her  Englebert Ideas essay.
    Thanks to all of you for listening to the podcast.  It is an absolute passion for me to save these stories from being forgotten and sharing them weekly for free for everyone to hear. 
    Whilst this is a passion, I am asking if each listener could make either a one-off or better still sign up for monthly donations to help me to find the time to produce and finance the project.
    If you’d like to know more just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If a financial contribution is not your cup of tea, then you can still help us by leaving written reviews wherever you listen to us as well as sharing us on social media. It really helps us get new guests on the show.
    I am delighted to welcome Riho Terras to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information about this episode here.  https://coldwarconversations.com/episode206/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated – goodbye.
    Looking for a Xmas gift for the Cold War aficionado in your life?
     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
     More info here https://rdbl.co/3kv7lYk
    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/

    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)

    • 58 min.
    Terrorism in the Cold War (205)

    Terrorism in the Cold War (205)

    I talk with the writers and editors of Terrorism in the Cold War a new two volume book that uses a wide range of case studies including Polish Military Intelligence and Its Secret Relationship with the Abu Nidal Organization and Gladio – Myth and Reality: The Origins and Function of Stay Behind in the Case of Post-war Austria. 
    The book sheds new light on the relations between state and terrorist actors, allowing for a fresh and much more insightful assessment of the contacts, dealings, agreements and collusion with terrorist organizations undertaken by state actors on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
    You will learn that these state-terrorism relationships were not only much more ambiguous than much of the older literature had suggested but are, in fact, crucial for the understanding of global political history in the Cold War era.
    If you are enjoying the podcast I could use some support to enable me to continue recording these incredible stories. If you become a monthly supporter via Patreon, you will get the sought after CWC coaster as a thank you and bask in the warm glow of knowing you are helping to preserve Cold War history.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    If you can’t wait for next week’s episode do visit our Facebook discussion group where guests and listeners continue the Cold War Conversation. Just search Cold War Conversations in Facebook.
    There's more in the episode notes here coldwarconversations.com/episode205/
    I am delighted to welcome Thomas Riegler,  Przemyslaw Gasztold and Adrian Hänni to our Cold War conversation…
    Thank you very much for listening. It is really appreciated.
    Looking for a Xmas gift for the Cold War aficionado in your life?
     Do check out loads of gift ideas including our wide range of CW themed mugs at our store.
     More info here https://rdbl.co/3kv7lYk
    Have a look at our store and find the ideal gift for the Cold War enthusiast in your life? Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/store/

    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/coldwarpod)

    • 57 min.

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Maskedfly ,

The gift which keeps on giving

If you’re (slightly) interested in Cold War history, this is the podcast for you. Almost every podcast episode is a delight to listen to because of the stories which are told during the interviews. Ian is, in my opinion, one of the best interviewers among historians. He makes sure the interviewees feel comfortable during the recording so they can share their, often amazing, stories in a very nice way. And last but not least; Ian’s sense of humor makes the podcast stand out from the rest of similar podcast shows.

Sander Herman ,

Great insights

This podcast delves deep into corners of history that would be mere footnotes in the pages of history books, but here they are brought to life via insightful interviews. The style of the conversations really make for fascinating listening. I’ve learned many things I wouldn’t have known about without this podcast. Many thanks and keep up the good work.

ArieWa ,

Great podcast

Amazing podcast with great guests. An absolute must for anyone interested in the Cold War. Ian is a great host and knows how to interview. Keep it up!

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