130 episodes

Listen to those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Featuring many untold stories of the military and civilian experience never recorded before.

Cold War Conversations Ian Sanders

    • History
    • 4.6, 89 Ratings

Listen to those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Featuring many untold stories of the military and civilian experience never recorded before.

    Susan - An American teaching English in East Germany (130)

    Susan - An American teaching English in East Germany (130)

    Susan Morrison is Professor of English at Texas State University. In the late 1980’s she taught in Rostock in the former GDR and then lived in West Berlin but frequently crossed back into the East to teach and meet friends

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The KGB tried to recruit me (129)

    The KGB tried to recruit me (129)

    Hans de Vreij is a Dutch journalist at the United Nations in Geneva and was the subject of attempted recruitment by the KGB to develop an ‘agent of influence’ to disseminate Soviet points of view.

    • 57 min
    Experiencing the Cold War via virtual reality (128)

    Experiencing the Cold War via virtual reality (128)

    How can we go beyond the films, books, and photos to learn more about the Cold War? Films are certainly evocative and certainly inform but how can we go beyond that and immerse ourselves to see what it felt like to be there. The two technologies of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality may allow us to do this.

    • 43 min
    US Army Intelligence Analyst (127)

    US Army Intelligence Analyst (127)

    Bill was a US Army Intelligence Analyst and in 1986 he was assigned to Order of Battle Branch, Soviet Section where for three years he studied the Warsaw Pact armies working closely with the US Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) in Berlin which led to a transfer there in November 1989

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Reporting the 1989 Romanian Revolution (126)

    Reporting the 1989 Romanian Revolution (126)

    We talk again to Mark Brayne who worked as a Reuters & BBC journalist during the Cold War. This time we are in Romania in December 1989 where riots, street violence and murder in several cities over the course of roughly a week led the Romanian leader Nicolae Ceaușescu to flee the capital city on 22 December with his wife.

    • 44 min
    A British Journalist under Stasi Surveillance (125)

    A British Journalist under Stasi Surveillance (125)

    In this episode we talk to Mark Brayne again in a wide ranging chat about his career as a Reuters & BBC journalist including details of his Stasi file, his time in the Soviet Union, Hungary & Poland as well as the perils of editing analogue tape in a non-digital age.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

anableps ,

Eps 123, 125, and 126 Has Me Hooked

They were the 2nd through 4th episodes I listened to after coming across this podcast last week for the first time. Those interviews with Mark Brayne had my full attention; he has such a fascinating story to tell. I am hooked and going through all of the back episodes. (As well as now contributing monthly.)

Ian Sanders is providing a great historical resource. I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s and only passingly paid attention to world events in my youth. The historical context these discussions give are invaluable. I lived through some of their history. I remember some of the feelings of those times.

Thanks, Ian and all of your collaborators.

DesolationBeaver ,

Just outstanding

Smart, diverse topics, terrific interviewing. You can tell it’s a labor of love. A super window into an era that still touches us all.

lil gouty ,

Excellent!

Great interviews with people who had cold war experiences

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