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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...

    Codename Hero - Soviet double agent Oleg Penkovsky (175)

    Codename Hero - Soviet double agent Oleg Penkovsky (175)

    In August 1960, a Soviet colonel called Oleg Penkovsky contacted the West to offer to work as a 'soldier warrior for the free world.  MI6 and the CIA ran Penkovsky jointly, in an operation that ran through the showdown over Berlin and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
    He provided crucial intelligence, including photographs of rocket manuals that helped Kennedy end the Cuba crisis and avert a war. Codenamed HERO, Penkovsky is widely seen as the most important spy of the Cold War, and the CIA-MI6 operation, run as the world stood on the brink of nuclear destruction.
    We speak with Jeremy Duns, the author of Dead Drop also called Codename Hero in the US which investigates exactly how did the Russians detect Penkovsky, and why did they let him continue his contact with his handlers for months afterwards? Described as thrilling, evocative and hugely controversial, the book blows apart the myths surrounding one of the Cold War's greatest spy operations.
    Extra info, book details and videos are here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode175/
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    Now I need help to continue to track down these unknown stories of the Cold war and ensure they are preserved before they are lost. If you can spare it I’m asking listeners to pledge a small monthly amount per month to help keep us on the air (larger amounts are welcome too) plus you can get a sought after CWC coaster as a monthly financial supporter of the podcast and you bask in the warm glow of knowing you helping preserve Cold War history.
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    I am delighted to welcome Jeremy Duns to our Cold War conversation…
    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.
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    Korean war veteran & prisoner of war (174)

    Korean war veteran & prisoner of war (174)

    Tommy Clough is one of the last surviviors of the Battle of the Imjin river and was just 19 when the Gloucester Regiment were cut off from their brigade by more than 10,000 Chinese troops in 1951

    A journalist in apartheid South Africa (173)

    A journalist in apartheid South Africa (173)

    John Matisonn is a South African journalist who grew up in the suburbs in Johannesburg. In 1979 he was sentenced to jail for refusing to reveal his news sources.

    Yuri Gagarin - The first human in space (172)

    Yuri Gagarin - The first human in space (172)

    9.07 a.m., April 12, 1961. A top-secret rocket site in the USSR. A young Russian sits inside a tiny capsule on top of the Soviet Union’s most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile and blasts into the skies. His name is Yuri Gagarin. And he is about to make history.

    Confrontation at the Stößensee (171)

    Confrontation at the Stößensee (171)

    In April 1966, a state-of-the-art Soviet aircraft, the Yak-28P crashed into the British Sector of West Berlin. This intelligence gift to the Allied forces resulted in a tense confrontation with the Soviet forces

    A 22 year old Briton working in East Germany (170)

    A 22 year old Briton working in East Germany (170)

    We speak with Chris Summers who as a 22 year old was sent by his employers to East Germany in a Ford Escort to install British factory machinery. He provides us with interesting insights into life in the provinces of the GDR. 
    Long term listeners of the podcast will recognise one of Chris’s colleagues was Tim, husband of Antje who was our guest in episode 82 “A Cold War Romance” available here https://coldwarconversations.com/episode82/
    Chris was also sent to Poland, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia where he tells what he saw and experienced in the latter half of the 1980s.    
    If you can spare it I’m asking listeners to contribute at least $3 USD per month to help keep us on the air (larger amounts are welcome too) plus you can get a sought after CWC coaster as a monthly financial supporter of the podcast and you bask in the warm glow of knowing you helping preserve Cold War history.
    Just go to https://coldwarconversations.com/donate/
    I am delighted to welcome Chris Summers  to our Cold War conversation…
    There’s further information on this episode in our show notes, which can also be found as a link in your podcast app here. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode170/
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
182 Ratings

182 Ratings

TravelSprout ,

Important for Young People

Many off us lived through the Cold War; growing up, or raising families & wondering if would ever turn “hot”; or even serving in the armed forces with the understanding that ‘today might be the day’. However, younger adults have little to no knowledge about that period of recent history, and how the Cold War has shaped the world we all live in today.
This podcast is particularly important for anyone under the age of about 35-40, so they can learn about that very tense time in the world; how it happened, why it happened, what it meant, who the national and allied players were, & how their governments operated.
To Younger Adults: The Cold War is just as historically important as the Great War or the Second World War. If you ever wonder why today’s nations behave in ways that seem confusing or irrational to you, you’ll usually find the answer, right there, plains as day in the Cold War.

Cenizo99 ,

Varied and interesting.

I enjoy the different interviewees that are part of the show. There are a wide range of experiences described giving me a broader understanding of this fascinating period. Recently I listened to #173 on the apartheid era in South Africa. This episode was outstanding. I learned so much. Thank you.

mfreel ,

Great History and Conversations

This is a terrific podcast. The history is fascinating and it is conveyed through engaging conversations with interesting guests with real life knowledge and experience. The host skillfully elicits the best from his guests. (He also happens to have a great accent.) If you are fascinated with this time, as I am, this is an informative and entertaining way to learn more about it.

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