Episode 47 – Japan – Prelude to Occupation

In this episode the factors that influenced the thinking around the American occupation of Japan, the plan around the occupation and the lead up to the occupation. Looking at the events that unfolded before the Americans arrived and the opening ceremonies of the Occupation. We also look at both American and Japanese concerns in the…

Interview Episode 3 – Joes Segal from Wende Museum

 Joes Segal, Chief Curator of the Wende Museum, joins Jeff to discuss the Wende Museum and Joes own historical work which focuses on art and culture and he provides many interesting insights on art during the Cold War. Join us for this fascinating look into cultural aspects of the Cold War. The Wende Museum,…

Episode 45 – The Power of the Mafia

In this episode we are going to cover the growth of the mob’s power and influence in the American economy and politics despite the end of prohibition and the Great Depression. We will look at efforts by law enforcement and politicians to contain the mob and the Mafia’s growing and often complex relationship with the…

Episode 44 – Rise of the Mafia in the United States

In this episode we explore the origins of the American mafia and its influence on American politics in the early 20th century. We examine how immigration, prohibition and events in Europe led to the rise of American organized crime and how the Italian Mafia came to dominate the American underworld.          …

Interview Episode 2 – Odd Arne Westad FBA

 Arne Westad, ST Lee Professor of US-Asia Relations at Harvard University, joins Jeff to discuss his new book The Cold War: A World History and weighing in on important questions surrounding the Cold War. Join us for a discussion with one of the pre-eminent scholars of the Cold War and a great influence for…

Episode 43 – Soviet Spy Master Lavrentiy Beria

In this episode we explore the complex cut throat politics of the Soviet Union and Beria’s subsequent rise and fall from power. We explore his early life and his role in Soviet politics. His role in World War II and his influence on the Cold War and the Soviet Union along with his personal life….

Episode 42 – American Spy Master J. Edgar Hoover

In this episode we examine the life of J. Edgar Hoover and his subsequent rise and fall in American politics. We look at the questions surrounding his sexuality. We examine the rumors around his racial background, was Hoover part black? We also explore his ties to the Mob and why he claimed that the Mafia…

Episode 41 – FBI in the early Cold War

In this episode we examine the origins of the FBI and the rise of J Edgar Hoover in American politics. We will also look at how the Cold War started for the FBI in 1917 and continued into the inter-war years. Finally, we chart the rise of the surveillance state in the United States and…

Episode 40 – NSA in the Early Cold War

In this episode we explore the origins of the NSA in the early Cold War. When did the US start to monitor Soviet communications Traffic ? Learn about Signals Intelligence’s complex relation with US democratic institutions and how work on breaking soviet codes influenced the development of the computer.            …