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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe. 781951

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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe. 781951

    When the Allies Burned a German City to Cinders

    When the Allies Burned a German City to Cinders

    In the closing days of World War II, the British Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Force dropped more than 3,900 tons of high explosives and fire bombs on the city of Dresden. It was not, strictly, only a military target and the story of the bombing has captured the imagination of everyone who survived it and those who study the war.


    One of those people is Sinclair McKay. McKay is a literary critic for the Telegraph and The Spectator in the UK. His latest book is The Fire and Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden 1945.


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    • 43 min
    America’s Low Yield Nukes and the New Atomic Scare

    America’s Low Yield Nukes and the New Atomic Scare

    From the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to, probably, New START, all the old treaties are failing. Nuclear weapons are back in the public consciousness in a big way and old Cold War ideas that we once thought relegated to the dustbin of history are back.


    One of those are so-called low yield nuclear weapons. The U.S. Navy recently fielded some of these SLBMs for the first time on its nuclear capable submarines. Are these weapons actually a game changer? When it comes to nukes, what’s the difference between yields anyway?


    Here to help us figure out how much trouble we’re in is David Wright. Wright is a Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.


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    • 34 min
    The Fight Over 5G and Chinese Spies

    The Fight Over 5G and Chinese Spies

    There’s a battle raging for the future of the internet. No, it has nothing to do with net neutrality or broadband access. This is about 5G, the shadowy world of global intelligence agencies, and a telecom giant with $108 billion in revenue that most Americans haven’t heard of.


    The company is Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer known the world over for its cell phones. It also makes radio arrays and is building 5G infrastructure all across the planet. Recently, the UK announced it would allow Huawei limited access to some British 5G mobile networks. The Trump White House doesn't like that and claimed Huawei’s tech is an elaborate trojan horse for a Chinese spying network.


    Here to help us understand the world of 5G networks and spies is Amanda Macias. Macias is CNBC’s National Security Reporter. She specializes in the business of war. Amanda, thank you so much for joining us.


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    • 24 min
    What Iraq's Protestors Want and Why it Matters

    What Iraq's Protestors Want and Why it Matters

    Iraq. Since October of last year, a protest movement has taken hold of the country. After 16 years of conflict, Iraq is tired. Its people want political and economic reforms.


    America didn’t pay attention. Until, that was, a militia stormed an embassy, America killed an Iranian General, and tensions between the U.S. and Iran flared. For a moment, the whole world paid attention.


    They should keep paying attention.


    Here to explain why is Rasha Al Aqeedi.


    Rasha is from the Iraqi city of Mosul. She’s the Managing Editor of Raise Your Voice, an Arabic language platform covering politics and Society in Iraq. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic and her research has appeared at George Washington University and in stories by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Associated Press. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 46 min
    American Troops Navigate Complicated Political Realities in Iraq

    American Troops Navigate Complicated Political Realities in Iraq

    This week, producer Kevin Knodell walks us through his recent reporting in Iraq.


    https://coffeeordie.com/american-troops-iraq/


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    • 24 min
    How to Down a Drone

    How to Down a Drone

    Drones are everywhere. Military drones buzz war zones dropping missiles; surveillance drones hover above neighborhoods, looking for anything out of place; even now, commercial drones hide in holiday wrapping, waiting for excited enthusiasts to fly them in a park.


    As the market for drones has grown, so too has the market for tools to take them down. There’s jamming rifles, spoofing software, and hundreds of other solutions for downing a drone. But what to buy the budding enthusiast?


    A new report from the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College could be of some help. The report is a list of 537 counter-drone systems. What works, what doesn’t, and what is just hype.


    Arthur Holland Michel is the author of the report, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, and also the author of the book Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It WIll Watch Us All.


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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

wolfie/wolf ,

Strategic bombing

Your BS new world view of WW2 is so wrong. History does show strategic bombing did work. Like it or not. It is horrible. But it brought home the horror of war to the people of the aggressor nation. It’s easy now to look back and say this or that didn’t work. But the allies tried everything they could trying to bring a horrible war to a end. They did not know then what would work
So don’t judge and condemn. those same nations are teaching their children not to make war. It did work a little.

Hammer jammer. ,

Ok but tends to need improvement

Some guests are very boring and/or the audio quality is poor for whoever is dialing in.

Also why are there now dopey ads for candy crush right off the start of these episodes? And other terrible ads. XERO?

Rasha is knowledgeable but sure likes to talk a LOT. Need more back and forth versus someone just randomly babbling on endlessly for 95%+ of the podcast.

Samuel Badd ,

Relatively Objective

The host is always a relatively objective interviewer. Always educated and doesn’t lean left or right during the interview.

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