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Hosted by Ed Helms, SNAFU is a podcast about history's greatest screw-ups. On Season 1, we tell the story of Able Archer 83, the NATO military exercise that almost caused a nuclear war in November of 1983... or did it?

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Hosted by Ed Helms, SNAFU is a podcast about history's greatest screw-ups. On Season 1, we tell the story of Able Archer 83, the NATO military exercise that almost caused a nuclear war in November of 1983... or did it?

    1. Not All Fun and WarGames

    1. Not All Fun and WarGames

    By the 1980s, tension between the U.S. and Soviet Union was a fact of everyday life. Early '80s American pop culture was quite literally exploding with nuclear doom. But was a real crisis unfolding right under our noses? One dauntless sleuth grows determined to get to the bottom of a decades-old Cold War mystery: Able Archer 83. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.
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    • 44 min
    2. Will the Real Evil Empire Please Stand Up?

    2. Will the Real Evil Empire Please Stand Up?

    A former Hollywood actor and a former Chairman of the KGB walk into a bar and... blow the whole thing up? In 1983, the decision to launch nukes lay in the hands of two men: Ronald Wilson Reagan and Yuri Andropov. Let's talk about how their teeny tiny… inferiority complexes set us on a path – right to the edge of a nuclear cliff. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.

     
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    • 41 min
    3. Two Spies Living Lies

    3. Two Spies Living Lies

    Tension mounts as Reagan's aggression deepens Andropov's paranoia. Surely, an attack from the West is imminent! Meet Oleg Gordievsky and Rainier Rupp, two spies whose loyalties aren't what they seem. These super secret agents scour the earth for signs of impending doom, but they have no idea that they're about to be embroiled in utter disaster. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.

    Correction: This episode incorrectly states that Operation Barbarossa began the Soviet Union’s entanglement with World War II. Operation Barbarossa brought the fighting to Soviet soil. However, the Soviets had long been colluding with Nazi Germany, and the Soviet Red Army had themselves invaded Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland prior to Operation Barbarossa. We regret the error, not least because this falsity is a particular piece of propaganda emanating from Putin’s Kremlin.
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    • 43 min
    4. Dancing on a Razor’s Edge

    4. Dancing on a Razor’s Edge

    The situation is getting dire. Mind games and twitchy nerves lead to tragedy in Russian airspace. Finger-pointing only makes it worse, and any chance for real diplomacy flies out the window. As we hurtle toward November ‘83, a glitchy missile detection system almost spells disaster. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.
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    • 35 min
    5. A Script for Nuclear War

    5. A Script for Nuclear War

    It’s Opening day for Able Archer 83. The Soviets have front row seats to NATO’s autumn military exercises. Tens of thousands of soldiers are playing pretend war in West Germany. The Soviets are NOT enjoying the show. And then… the war game actors begin ‘launching’ nukes. Holy sh*tballs, this is not looking good. The spies try to thwart disaster, and one man is faced with a cataclysmic decision. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.

     
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    • 43 min
    6. Redacted

    6. Redacted

    Lt. General Leonard Perroots faces down the single most critical decision of his career: to escalate, or not? He knows the situation is bad, but he has no idea just how bad. The man’s got the fate of the world in his hands. Produced by FilmNation and Pacific Electric Picture Co. in association with Gilded Audio.
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
466 Ratings

466 Ratings

megs907 ,

Love it!

I already enjoy history, but the production and delivery of the topics makes it fun to listen to! Fingers crossed over here for more seasons!

Jlives145943?$42?$6 ,

Wonderful Show - Entertaining & Interesting

Andy, erm Ed Helms, is a terrific storyteller! His balance of historical facts and entertainment is impeccable; of course, his delivery is spot-on too! Hoping to see more seasons!!

DadoftheCloth ,

Very Good!

Ed Helms shows a great storytelling side of him!

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