33 episodes

Welcome to Stories of Communusm, a podcast for people of all ages where we explore the realities of life under Communism, as described in the memoirs, stories, and novels created by those suffering under this system over the past century. (Feedback email erik@storiesofcommunism.com).

Stories of Communism Erik Seligman and Manuel Castaneda

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    • 3.8 • 34 Ratings

Welcome to Stories of Communusm, a podcast for people of all ages where we explore the realities of life under Communism, as described in the memoirs, stories, and novels created by those suffering under this system over the past century. (Feedback email erik@storiesofcommunism.com).

    Stories of Communism 33: Special Circumstances

    Stories of Communism 33: Special Circumstances

    We discuss author Vladimir Voinovich's comical (but real) attempts to upgrade his apartment in 1970s Moscow, as he describes it in "The Ivankiad".

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 23 min
    Stories of Communism 32: Romania's Worst Spy

    Stories of Communism 32: Romania's Worst Spy

    Following up on the last episode, we interview Teodor Flonta, still happily married to Ariella 50 years after the cross-iron-curtain romance described in his memoir "Paper Rings".

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 39 min
    Stories of Communism 31: Forbidden Love

    Stories of Communism 31: Forbidden Love

    We discuss Teodor Flonta's memoir "Paper Rings", telling the story of his cross-Iron-Curtain romance in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 22 min
    Stories of Communism 30: No Need For Comfort

    Stories of Communism 30: No Need For Comfort

    We interview Sergey Grechishkin, following up on his memoir "Everything Is Normal" that we discussed in the last episode.

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 29 min
    Stories of Communism 29: Empty Shelves, Full Pantries

    Stories of Communism 29: Empty Shelves, Full Pantries

    Sergey Grechishkin's memoir "Everything Is Normal" reveals the USSR's pervasive lack of everyday items we take for granted in the West, and the odd human behavior that results.

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 37 min
    Stories of Communism 28: Out of Czechoslovakia

    Stories of Communism 28: Out of Czechoslovakia

    We interview Klara Sever about her experiences as Slovakia transitioned from Nazi to Communist rule.

    (Send feedback to erik@storiesofcommunism.com)

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Uncommonly creative nickname ,

Glad I found Stories of Communism!

I stream yall from Denver, CO. The history of Communism has been a “back of my mind” interest for a while. I’m grateful to Erik and Manuel for their time and effort in distilling this vast body of works and introducing us to the source texts that exposed the world to the horrors that were committed under Communist regimes. I’ve kept a list of these texts as I’ve consumed their episodes, and now with both excitement and trepidation I plan on reading each one. The folly of Communism’s principles MUST be understood if we are to avoid repeating humanity’s worst experiments. Keep up the good work, sirs!

Suggestions:
- Post the full name of the author and name of the source text in the description. Or better yet, place link(s) in description to site where source texts can be obtained.
- Keep up the trend of adding more commentary. It helps us apply these principles to our current social and political landscape.

ellen3141 ,

Could be better...

Overall, a pretty good show that gives short excerpts from books written by communist defectors. The two co-hosts then just chat about what they’ve read. It’s ok.... it could do better with interviews from historians or experts, but at least it introduces the topic. Don’t miss the Real Dictators podcast. That series is amazing!

Mohamed Cube ,

Yuck

Awful!

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