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Watched Chernobyl, The Americans or Bridge of Spies? Listen to our conversations with 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

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Watched Chernobyl, The Americans or Bridge of Spies? Listen to our conversations with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated. Featuring many untold stories of the military and civilian experience never recorded before.

    Betrayal in Berlin (103)

    Betrayal in Berlin (103)

    Steve Vogel is a veteran journalist and the author of Betrayal in Berlin a new book that tells the story of one of the West’s greatest espionage operations of the Cold War.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    A British Communist Working in East Germany (104)

    A British Communist Working in East Germany (104)

    John Tarver worked as a Communist Party activist in Britain and made several trips to the GDR where he would get a job at Potsdam as head of the final year of studies in the English language.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Working in the sensitive side of the US Navy (102)

    Working in the sensitive side of the US Navy (102)

    Jay Lieberman talks about his early childhood memories of the Cold War as well as his long career in the US Navy.

    • 52 min
    Cold War Conversations on Cold War Conversations (101)

    Cold War Conversations on Cold War Conversations (101)

    And now for something completely different... today I’m chatting with listener Peter Ryan who will be turning the tables and questioning me about my Cold War story!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Manuel - Experiences of the Reforger 82 NATO Exercise (100)

    Manuel - Experiences of the Reforger 82 NATO Exercise (100)

    Manuel Alzaga returns to the podcast after his debut in episode 57 with his experiences as US Army 18-year-old assistant artillery gunner in West Germany. He tells of his first impressions of West Germany, details of the 1982 Reforger exercise(return of forces to Germany) Exercise, as well as the life expectancy of front line soldier on the East German border, should the Cold War had turned hot.

    • 45 min
    A Cold War Mystery - Death in Ice Valley (99)

    A Cold War Mystery - Death in Ice Valley (99)

    There’s an area near Bergen, Norway known as Isdalen (“Ice Valley”), but also nicknamed "Death Valley", due to the area's history of suicides in the Middle Ages, and more recent hiking accidents. In November 1970 a man and his two young daughters noting an unusual burning smell and to their horror discovered the charred body of a woman, located among some scree.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Victoria Dougherty ,

A Must for Cold War fiction writers

As a Cold War historical spy fiction writer I go to Cold War Conversations for context, color and to continue to expand on my knowledge. Now I know a lot about the Cold War - personally and professionally (my mother was a political prisoner in Czechoslovakia), but I always learn something new on this podcast.

Ramona Reed ,

Truly a great experience

There is so much history and details to learn and explore and I feel so privileged to hear all of them on this show. Ian is a fantastic host. When we interviewed, I felt like we were just having coffee and chatting away. Thank you for bringing all the wonderful stories to life!

Neil Gussman ,

The History That Shaped Our World

Ian Sanders introduces his listeners to a wide array of people and stories from the history of Cold War: Life in Berlin on both sides of the wall, a man who owns a Soviet Submarine, the Korean War in Britain, so much fun to listen to.

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