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    UNLOCKED: The Drones of the Vietnam War

    UNLOCKED: The Drones of the Vietnam War

    A special production of Angry Planet and David Axe explores how a group of scruffy contractors pioneered the use of drones during the Vietnam War.
    Axe’s book, Drone War Vietnam, is out now.



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    • 36 min
    America's Liaison to the Taliban on What Went Wrong

    America's Liaison to the Taliban on What Went Wrong

    The facts on the ground are undeniable. The U.S. is out, the Taliban is back in.
    The end was ugly and there were plenty of ugly spots along the way.
    Since we’re all doing what ifs, here’s ours: what would the off-ramp have looked like, and did we ever at least have our turn signal on?
    Joining us today is a guy who was in the room. Former diplomat Frank Ruggiero dealt directly with the Taliban, as well as managing U.S relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan between 2010 and 2012. Hillary Clinton gave him the State Department’s distinguished honor award.
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    • 32 min
    Space: Final Frontier or Billionaire's Playground?

    Space: Final Frontier or Billionaire's Playground?

    Space… Is it still the final frontier? And does anyone really care about it anymore, aside from a few billionaires and maybe a millionaire or two?
    Does NASA have any mojo left? And are any of us alive now going to see a landing on Mars?
    These are all questions dear to my heart, so we have Christian Davenport who covers space for the Washington Post and is the author of the Space Barons on the show today. 

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    • 34 min
    A Brief History of Lying About Afghanistan

    A Brief History of Lying About Afghanistan

    Afghanistan. If you’re listening to this show you’ve probably been following the news. Despite what the Pentagon or White House will tell you, the evacuation isn’t going great. There is a dichotomy between what officials tell us and what’s actually happening that—in the age of mass communication—seems … insulting.
    That dichotomy and how it affected America’s view of Afghanistan is at the heart of the new book—The Afghanistan Papers. Craig Whitlock, its author, is here with us today. Whitlock is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post who has covered America’s War on Terror since the beginning.
    Recorded August 25, the day before the attacks.


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    • 40 min
    When the Soviets Fled Afghanistan

    When the Soviets Fled Afghanistan

    Conquerors and nations have been trying to rebuild Afghanistan in their own image for thousands of years. The U.S. is just the latest to fail.
    The Soviet Union also failed, with a little push from the United States. But they learned their lesson in only 10 years, from 1979-1989.
    Mark Galeotti joins us today to talk about the lessons the U.S. probably should have learned from the USSR. He’s Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and has literally written the book - no three books! - on this very subject. We’ll put links in the show notes.
    Storm-333: KGB and Spetsnaz seize Kabul, Soviet-Afghan War 1979
    The Panjshir Valley 1980–86
    Afghanistan: The Soviet Union's Last War

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    • 53 min
    UNLOCKED: America's Moral Duty to Afghan Interpreters

    UNLOCKED: America's Moral Duty to Afghan Interpreters

    America is leaving Afghanistan. President Joe Biden has set a September 11th withdrawal date and things are continuing apace. As America packs up its gear and goes home it’s leaving behind something far more valuable than MRAPs and M16s—people.
    For two decades individual Afghans have stepped up to help the United States and as it leaves the battlefield, some of these interpreters are being left behind.
    With us today is former Marine Sergeant, Afghanistan War veteran, and Purple Heart recipient Michael Wendt. He’s an advocate for interpreters and recently published an op-ed in The Hill titled “Getting Afghan interpreters out of Afghanistan isn't progressive: It's the right thing to do.”

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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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677 Ratings

677 Ratings

DinkMeeker ,

Yeah, It’s great

Listened to it back when it was called War College, In the Reuters days. Matt is my fave. I was overjoyed hearing him lol up on waypoint as well. There are more podcasts in this genre than when it started but this one still provides unique guests and topics. Don’t like Bad reviews, they are just mad someone is being somewhat critical of Israel.

quintinnnnnnnnnnn ,

Shameless

This guy cycles through ex gov officials and current weapons contractors. Nearly all of them have spent their careers shoving forever wars down our throats.

50H40 ,

Not impartial

This podcast is very biased and lacks expertise on most subjects. They only explore topics through a narrow lens. Amateur at best!

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