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32: What Nuclear War Looks Like - Sean Maloney
The threat of nuclear war seems to be rising once again as tension among global powers increases. With that in mind, we turn back to look at what the nuclear wars plans of the U.S. were during the early Cold War, and what a nuclear war might have looked like, and how it would have potentially been waged. We're joined by Sean Maloney, professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada, author of Emergency War Plan: The American Doomsday Machine, 1945–1960, from Potomac Press.
31: The Unconventional Journey of Gen. Larry Spencer
We are joined by General Larry O. Spencer, former Vice Chief of Staff of the U. S. Air Force. He recounts his journey from being raised in Southeast Washington, D. C. to enlisting the U. S. Air Force, and eventually rising through the ranks to become one of only nine African Americans to wear four stars. In an organization that tends to favor pilots and aircrews, General Spencer's background as a support officer brings a different lens through which to look at the USAF and the use of airpower.
30: John Curatola: The True Origins of the Cold War
In the post-World War II years, the U.S. shifted its strategy to one focused on air power and delivery of nuclear weapons--but why and how did this happen? John Curatola, the Military Historian for the Center for War and Democracy at the National World War II Museum, takes us through the fierce rivalry between the U.S. Air Force and Navy, the scandalous "Revolt of the Admirals," and the development of thermonuclear weapons. For more, see his new book: Autumn of Our Discontent: Fall 1949 and the Crises in American National Security, from Naval Institute Press.
29: Rick Tollini - Air Combat in the Gulf War
We're joined by F-15 pilot and MiG-killer Rick Tollini. He tells us all about the harrowing missions flown in the opening of the 1991 Gulf War. For more, check out his recent book: Call-Sign Kluso, from Casemate Press.
28: Beverly Weintraub - Women Naval Aviators
After WW2, women were not allowed to fly in military aviation roles, until things changed in the 1970s. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Beverly Weintraub tells up about the story of six women Naval aviators from her book: Wings of Gold: he Story of the First Women Naval Aviators from Lyons Press
27: Fred Haise - Never Panic Early
Fred Haise was on Apollo 13, flew the space shuttle Enterprise, and had an extensive military aviation career. In this episode he joins us for a deep dive into all of those experiences and reveals how he is able to keep calm in tough situations and not panic. That's the subject of his new book, 'Never Panic Early: An Apollo 13 Astronaut's Journey,' from Smithsonian Books.