The (First) Red Scare!

Things are really heating up in the years following World War I!   The Bolsheviks are taking over Russia and many Americans thought that we had a fifth column of Bolshevik sympathizers amongst our ranks. World War I helped to forge America’s national identity as an Anglo-Saxon Protestant democracy and …

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Fidel Castro Is Dead!

The irony of Fidel Castro, glorious leader of the socialist revolution, dying on Black Friday, the holiest of days in the capitalist world hasn’t been lost on anyone. I decided to do a brief video on the subject instead of a podcast…. So Fidel’s death is a win for everyone …

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Red October – The Bolshevik Revolution

  Well, the October Revolution of 1917 nominally gave the Bolsheviks power in Russia, but they still had some work to do in order to get the country on the same page.    This led to a bloody civil war in Russia that we will discuss shortly. Coincidentally the 99th …

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Things Are Getting A Little Frosty – A New Cold War?

I’m going to interject into this series to talk a little bit about the current state of affairs between the United States and Russia.  With all the acquisitions flying around about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Russian hackers sabotaging Hillary Clinton’s campaign via Wikileaks and the alternative media churning out …

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World War I and the Cold War

  . …and after a long hiatus, I’m back with another episode of the Cold War Cast.    World War I triggered a series of events that ultimately led to the Cold War.   In this episode I discuss how the first world war acted as departure from the old …

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Lenin Returns to Russia and the April Theses

  Today we’re talking about a shadowy, cloak-and-dagger event that changed the course of world history and certainly cold war history – Lenin arriving back in Russia after years of exile during a turbulent period in Russia.   Germany took a gamble that this guy would go back and help …

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The Bolsheviks Are Coming!

Today we’re talking about the Bolsheviks, the hard-line wing of the socialists that eventually took the reins of the Soviet Union and ultimately shaped the world’s political landscape.   I discuss the ideological differences between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks and how that dictated the first part of the Cold War. …

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The United States: The Rise of a Superpower

We’ve talked a lot about Russia, it’s time to check in with the United States of America in the early 1900’s.   While we weren’t one of the top-tier global superpowers, we were well on our way there at this point.   In this podcast I briefly outline a few …

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The Battleship Potemkin

    In 1905 when Russia had the “dress rehearsal” for the actual Bolshevik Revolution, one of the most notorious side stories of the whole ordeal was the mutiny on the battleship Potemkin, one of the Russian Navy’s prize vessels.   In 1925 legendary direction Sergei Eisenstein depicted the uprising …

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