Cold War Conversations History Podcast

Cold War Conversations History Podcast
In conversation with those that experienced the Cold War and those who are fascinated.

Life on a Polaris Nuclear Missile Submarine
Oct 11 • 57 min
As a restless and adventurous 18-year-old, Richard Humphreys joined the submarine service in 1985 and went on to serve aboard the nuclear deterrent for five years at the end of the Cold War.
Mark - Eyewitness to the events of 1989
Oct 4 • 61 min
Mark Baker was a journalist in Vienna who covered Czechoslovakia during the 1980s. In a wide ranging conversations we discuss the events of 1989 with Mark providing some vivid accounts of his experiences and how events were viewed at the time.
A Cold War Romance
Sep 27 • 65 min
In 1986 GDR student Antje fell in love with a British guy who was installing sewing machines in of the hosiery companies in East Germany.
Eyewitness to the 1991 Soviet Coup
Sep 20 • 46 min
As a 24 year old Kieran Williams was in Moscow staying with Soviet friends when the 1991 Moscow Coup occurred.
Cuban Missile Crisis U2 Squadron Commander
Sep 13 • 36 min
Col William “Greg” Gregory became part of the clandestine U-2 spy plane program, rising to the position of squadron commander. It was his squadron that flew many of the spy missions over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Bridget Kendall - BBC Moscow Correspondent 1989 - 1995
Sep 6 • 78 min
Today we have James taking the helm again with a fascinating chat with Bridget Kendall, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995 when she was witness to the power struggles in the Soviet Communist party as Mikhail Gorbachev tried to introduce…
Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe
Aug 30 • 54 min
Watching Socialism exhibition. Organized in collaboration with British-Slovenian media historian Sabina Mihelj and British cultural historian Susan Reid, this exhibition focuses on the impact of Cold War-era television programming in Eastern and Western…
Defending the Pershing 2 nuclear missile
Aug 23 • 52 min
Phil Logan served in the US Army from 1986-1991 and was sent to Germany and assigned to the ground defence force for the Pershing II tactical nuclear missiles.
The early days of the US Space program and origins of GPS
Aug 16 • 46 min
Richard’s father’s work helped lay the foundations for the GPS system. However, Richard’s father worked also on the early US space program and he vividly describes his childhood when his father was working on the early US satellites.
75 - Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe
Aug 9 • 54 min
In this episode we talk about her latest collaboration a new book called “Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe.” The book brings together a wide range of accounts compiled from the East German Stasi, the Romanian Securitate, and the Ukrainian KGB…
74 – A visit to RAF Burtonwood
Aug 2 • 56 min
I’m here today at the RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, near Warrington in the UK. Based on what was once the largest and longest-running military airbase in Britain. The Heritage Centre was established to preserve and uphold the history of the men, w…
73 - Breaking the news of the 1991 Soviet Coup
Jul 26 • 36 min
We speak today with Alistair Coleman who joined BBC Monitoring as a technician in 1989, just in time for the Berlin Wall.
72 - Chasing the Moon - The Apollo 11 Moon Landing
Jul 19 • 61 min
The story of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
71 - Stasi Infiltration of the Prenzlauer Berg Underground Literary Scene
Jul 12 • 19 min
We speak with Dr Alison Lewis is Professor of German in the School of Languages and Linguistics, The University of Melbourne, Australia author of The Art of Betrayal: Prenzlauer Berg and State Security published in 2003
70 - In deepest secrecy: Cold War Dutch submarine espionage
Jul 5 • 67 min
During the Cold War, six Dutch submarines secretly gathered intelligence about the Soviet Navy. Only a handful of people outside the Royal Netherlands Navy were aware of these operations, as they were not NATO operations.
69 - A US Soldier defects to East Germany – Part 2
Jun 28 • 53 min
We continue the story of Victor Grossman the US Army soldier who defected to East Germany. He tells us of his life in the GDR, his close friendship with Dean Reed “The Red Elvis”, of shortages, his views on Egon Krenz and his first trip back to the US in…
68 - Nuking the Moon & Other Intelligence Schemes & Military Plots left on the Drawing Board
Jun 21 • 77 min
We talk with Vince Houghton – Curator of the International Spy Museum who has just written a new book called “Nuking the Moon & Other Intelligence Schemes & Military Plots left on the Drawing Board”
67- Janina - Life in an East German village near the Polish border
Jun 14 • 38 min
James has been a fan of the show from the start and in this episode he speaks with a work colleague who lived in East Germany
66 - Liberation Square
Jun 7 • 40 min
Gareth Rubin is an author and journalist and today we’re talking to him about his latest novel, Liberation Square set in a Soviet occupied UK in the 1950s.
65 - A tour of F-111 base RAF Upper Heyford
May 31 • 39 min
We visit RAF Upper Heyford for a photography tour for Cold War enthusiasts
64 - Arrested by the Stasi on an East Berlin day trip
May 24 • 70 min
Todd Anton was arrested by the Stasi while on a day trip to East Berlin and gives a raw and powerful account of his arrest, interrogation and eventual release.
63 - Flying the CF-104 Starfighter over Germany
May 17 • 59 min
Laurie tells the story of low level delivery of nuclear weapons via the Starfighter as well as conventional missions. Also we get insight into the escape, evasion and interrogation training given to NATO pilots.
62 – Disarming Doomsday
May 10 • 56 min
Interview with the author of Disarming Doomsday – The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima.
61 – A US Soldier defects to East Germany
May 3 • 49 min
What could make a privileged 24-year-old American serving in the US Army in Germany in 1952 to swim across the Danube River to what was then referred to as the Soviet Zone?
60 - Working at the British Embassy in Bucharest
Apr 26 • 34 min
Colin Munro speaks about his time as Head of Chancery in Bucharest, Romania between 1981 to 1982.
59 - The Trans Siberian Railway
Apr 19 • 57 min
Mark Wiegers travelled on the Trans-Siberian Railway in the late 1980s
58 - Red Reporter - Covert Correspondent for East Germany - Part 2
Apr 12 • 47 min
ohn Green to talk further about his covert journalism for East Germany.
57 - A 17 year old in the US Army
Apr 5 • 33 min
Manuel signed up to the artillery as a 17 year old and tells his story from life of poverty in Los Angeles
56 - The Candy Bomber
Mar 29 • 27 min
We speak to 98 year old Gail Halvorsen aka “The Candy Bomber” who flew in the Berlin Airlift in 1948.
55 - Why Preserve Communist Architecture?
Mar 23 • 52 min
Mark is a freelance journalist & travel writer living in his adopted hometown of Prague. He has lived in Central Europe for more than two decades. Mark seeks out communist architecture in his home town and further afield and is the ideal candidate to…
54 - Canucks Hunt For Red October
Mar 15 • 44 min
Colonel Terry Chester Talks about his RCAF career hunting for Soviet Submarines in both the Pacific and Atlantic area’s of operation.
53 - East German Army Officer at the Fall of the Wall
Mar 8 • 37 min
In this episode we hear the third and final part of Torsten Belger’s story as he tells us about his first visit to West Berlin, leaving the East German Army and life after the GDR.
52- László Nagy - A Hungarian Life
Mar 1 • 57 min
László Nagy tellsthe story of his parent’s life in 1950’s Hungary and László’s early life including how he ended up at school with the son of West Germany’s President.
51 - The Blood Tattoo
Feb 26 • 41 min
The story of a little known Civil Defence measure to aid in the aftermath of a nuclear attack.
50 - Freedom’s Laboratory - The Cold War Struggle for the Soul of Science
Feb 22 • 44 min
Audra J Wolfe’s latest work focuses on the role of science during the Cold War, a period when science held a special place in maintaining and projecting state power.
49 - An RAF pilot remembers the end of the Cold War - Chasing Bears Pt 2
Feb 15 • 35 min
Nick Anderson tells how the Soviet aircrew tried to distract RAF plane and how he was almost downed by the Soviet tactics. The episode ends with Nick telling us about the final days of the Cold War.
48 - Gillian - A US Student visits Poland in 1989
Feb 8 • 21 min
Gillian Cox shares the story continues with her trip further East into Poland in 1989.
47 - Red Reporter - Covert Correspondent for East Germany - Part 1
Feb 1 • 45 min
In 1964 John Green went to the GDR to study film, returning to his native Britain in 1968, he became television correspondent for the GDR and spent 22 years reporting from around the world.
46- The Berlin Trilogy - Author Interview
Jan 25 • 57 min
Today we welcome author Paul Grant whose excellent Berlin trilogy is set in Berlin during World War 2 and the Cold War.
45 - East German Army Officer at the 40th Anniversary Parade of the GDR
Jan 18 • 42 min
Torsten was part of the 40th Anniversary Parade of the GDR which unknown to him at the time would be its last.
44 - Chasing Bears Part 1 - RAF intercepts of Soviet Aircraft
Jan 11 • 41 min
Nick Anderson is a former RAF Phantom jet fighter pilot. We discuss flying in the Cold War and in detail how the RAF would have responded to a nuclear attack.
43 - Highlights of 2018 - a whistle stop tour
Jan 4 • 38 min
The whistle stop tour of Cold War Conversations Podcast episodes 2018 – enjoy!
42 - Gillian - A US Student visiting East Germany
Dec 28, 2018 • 51 min
Gillian Cox visited the GDR as a student in October 1989 just before the Wall came down.
41 - Defending the Fulda Gap
Dec 21, 2018 • 44 min
Neil Gussman who was an M60A1 tank commander in West Germany tasked with defending the Fulda Gap which was a key likely Warsaw Pact attack route.
40 - A British Journalist in East Berlin
Dec 14, 2018 • 72 min
Interview with Peter Millar. Peter is an award winning journalist who was named Foreign Correspondent of the Year for his reporting on the dying days of the Cold War.
39 - East German Army Officer Training
Dec 7, 2018 • 44 min
We speak with Torsten Belger who trained as an Artillery Officer in the East German Army.
38 - Training to be a US Army Tank Commander
Nov 30, 2018 • 35 min
Today we’re talking to Neil Gussman who trained on the M60A1 tank in the 1970s. This was the standard main battle tank of the US Army from the 1960s through to the 1980s.
37 - Antje - The Girl Behind The Wall
Nov 23, 2018 • 56 min
Today we’re talking to Antje Arnold, author of “The Girl Behind The Wall” which tells the story of a girl growing up in East Germany in the 1980s.
36 - Life in East Germany Photography Exhibition
Nov 17, 2018 • 64 min
Today we visit the Totally East: Life in East Germany Photography Exhibition. Run-down façades, punks and ordinary workers: This exhibition shows the works of Harald Hauswald, who documented everyday life in the GDR.
35 - The man who owns a Soviet submarine
Nov 9, 2018 • 54 min
We talk with John Sutton who owns a Foxtrot class Soviet Submarine moored in the middle of the River Medway in Kent.
34 - Samy - Life as a West Berliner
Nov 2, 2018 • 48 min
We talk with Samy who as a native West Berliner describes growing up in the city during the 1970s and 80s.
33 - Eileen - A British teacher living & working in East Berlin
Oct 26, 2018 • 35 min
oday we speak again with Eileen Ford-Price who was an English teacher in East Berlin in the GDR in the 1980s.
32 - Eileen - A British student living in the GDR
Oct 20, 2018 • 38 min
Eileen shares some great details with us including her reasons for being a student in the GDR. Her first journey across the border and what life was like in 1980s Rostock as a foreign student.
31 - The Korean War in Britain
Oct 12, 2018 • 56 min
We speak with Doctor Grace Huxford, author of the Korean War in Britain – Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting.
30 - Visit to a UK Nuclear Monitoring Post
Oct 6, 2018 • 56 min
A fascinating visit I made to the Rushton Spencer Royal Observer Corps nuclear monitoring post in Staffordshire in the UK.
29- Living History Event - The Soviet Threat
Sep 29, 2018 • 51 min
This episode takes place at a Living History event in and around the Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker museum in deepest Cheshire in the UK.
28 – USAF pilot Buz Carpenter talks Vietnam recon, Skunkworks and more
Sep 21, 2018 • 43 min
USAF pilot Buz Carpente talks about about flying reconnaissance over Vietnam, the Skunkworks where secret USAF projects were developed, his time commanding Ramstein airbase at the end of the Cold War and more.
27 - Flying the SR71 Spyplane
Sep 15, 2018 • 52 min
Buz Carpenter accrued 777 hours flying SR-71 planes. He flew Blackbirds as an aircraft commander and later as an instructor pilot, with over 60 operational missions. He also flew in the C-141, RF-4C, and T-38 planes, flying 150 combat hours in Vietnam.
26 - Prof Sergei Khrushchev Interview - Part 2
Sep 7, 2018 • 30 min
In part 2 of this interview we gain insight into Soviet thinking around the Cuban Missile Crisis, we hear about the Soviet view of the building of the Berlin Wall along with the 1961 Berlin Crisis and his father’s fall from power.
25 - Prof Sergei Khrushchev Interview - Part 1
Sep 2, 2018 • 37 min
We speak with Professor Sergei Khrushchev the son of Nikita Khrushchev who led the Soviet Union as the First Secretary of the Communist Party from 1953 to 1964, and as Chairman of the Council of Ministers, or Premier, from 1958 to 1964.
24 - West German Nuclear Monitoring System
Aug 25, 2018 • 36 min
We’re talking about the Cold War nuclear monitoring system in West Germany with Mirko Krumm who managed the preservation of a Warning Bunker in West Germany.
23 - Gary Powers & the 1960 U2 Incident
Aug 18, 2018 • 53 min
We speak with Gary Powers Junior who’s father piloted the U2 spy plane shot down over the Soviet Union.
22- Talking Trabi
Aug 11, 2018 • 38 min
This episode is a Cold War Conversations first. It’s our first outside broadcast and we’re talking about East German cars with Alex Goffe and Mark Mullarkey of the UK-based Wartburg Trabant IFA Club.
21- BRIXMIS, British Defence of Berlin & Rudolf Hess
Aug 6, 2018 • 87 min
Nigel Dunkley MBE is a former Royal Scots Dragoon Guard who served in Brixmis, Berlin with a squadron of Chieftain tanks tasked and acted as interpreter for Rudolf Hess.
20 - Anke - Life as an East German teenager
Jul 29, 2018 • 80 min
In a wide ranging, frank and honest discussion we talk about Anke’s family life with her mother who was a stalwart Party member, Anke’s school class role as “Agitator”, her training in Marxist-Leninism, and her weapons training in the Ernst Thälmann…
19 - Able Archer and the nuclear war scare of 1983
Jul 21, 2018 • 72 min
“The most dangerous Soviet-American confrontation since the Cuban Missile Crisis?” An analysis of the origins, nature and impact of the Able Archer 83 incident.
18 - RAF Greenham Common - A history of the iconic British nuclear base.
Jul 14, 2018 • 61 min
RAF Greenham Common is probably best known, certainly in the UK, for the controversial deployment of Ground Launched Cruise Missiles in the 1980s and the resulting Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp outside its gates.
17- Eyewitness to the Prague Spring
Jul 7, 2018 • 66 min
In 1968 today’s guest was 15 year old at the same school in Prague as Czech communist leader Alexander Dubček’s son.
16 - How I nearly started World War 3
Jun 30, 2018 • 89 min
Mark Valley served with the US army as a combat engineer in West Germany and later with the Berlin Brigade.
15 - Sabine - An East German Childhood
Jun 23, 2018 • 73 min
Sabine shares the story of her childhood in East Germany and we gain great insight into life at the time, the pressures on her family and her first steps into West Berlin.
14 - The Prague Spring
Jun 16, 2018 • 56 min
We return to Czechoslovakia and one of the most iconic moments of the Cold War – The Prague Spring of 1968.
13 - The Final Days of Checkpoint Charlie
Jun 9, 2018 • 74 min
Michael Rafferty’s story spans the last days of Checkpoint Charlie, from when the border was the heavily fortified barrier familiar to us from those spy films to the opening of the wall and the unification of Germany
12 - My Stasi file is as thick as a phone book
Jun 2, 2018 • 69 min
Mark Reeder put on secret punk gigs in East Germany and his Stasi file is described as “as thick as a phone book”.
11 - Observing Armageddon
May 26, 2018 • 61 min
Today we’re covering a British Cold War civil defence unit called the Royal Observer Corps
10 - 1960s Road Trip Across the Soviet Union
May 18, 2018 • 50 min
A unique story of a trip in 1960s Soviet Union just as the Prague Spring was being suppressed
9- Cloak & Dagger in Prague
May 12, 2018 • 75 min
Mark tells an intriguing and compelling story of his time in Prague and I urge you to listen right to the end
8 - Warsaw Pact Armoured Fighting Vehicles
May 7, 2018 • 69 min
Russell Phillips has written several books on Warsaw Pact military equipment and our conversation is an interesting exchange covering the evolution in design, tactics and the deployment of Warsaw Pact armoured forces should the Cold War have turned hot.
7 - Interview with Stasi Child author - David Young
May 5, 2018 • 60 min
We speak with David Young who has written the Stasi Child - Karin Müller series of crime thrillers set in East Germany in the mid 1970s.
6 - The 1953 East German Uprising with Dr Richard Millington
Apr 28, 2018 • 93 min
Dr Richard Millington shares with us some fascinating research including eyewitness accounts and details from the Stasi files of the period.
5 - Espionage, East Germany and Berlin with Spybrary host Shane Whaley - Part 2
Apr 20, 2018 • 32 min
part 2 of our Cold War Conversation with Shane Whaley of Spybrary .
4 - Espionage, East Germany and Berlin with Spybrary host Shane Whaley - Part 1
Apr 18, 2018 • 54 min
Settle in for a wide ranging and hopefully interesting conversation with my good friend Shane Whaley.
3- The Strange World of East German Football
Apr 7, 2018 • 68 min
We talk about the nefarious activities of Stasi Chief Erich Mielke and his favourite team, and we cover the only competitive game where the GDR played West Germany in the 1974 World Cup.
2 - Berlin during the Cold War and Signals Intelligence
Apr 1, 2018 • 62 min
Berlin during the 60s,70s and 80s and US Signals intelligence
1- Introduction
Mar 24, 2018 • 3 min
Welcome to Cold War Conversations, chatting to those who lived through and experienced the Cold War first hand and those that are fascinated by the period.