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    Forty Autumns

    Nina Willner talked about her book Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall, in which she recalls her mother’s decision to leave her family and…

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    The Tunnels

    Greg Mitchell talked about his book The Tunnels: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill, in which he reports on how a group of people from…

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    Origins of the Cold War in Central Europe

    Alexandra Richie and Conrad Crane talked about the origins of the Cold War. Professor Richie spoke about Joseph Stalin and the reasons behind Soviet expansion, while Professor Crane examined the…

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    Presidential Exoneration for Ethel Rosenberg

    Robert and Michael Meeropol, the sons of convicted spy Ethel Rosenberg, spoke to reporters outside the White House following their unsuccessful attempt to ask President Obama to exonerate their…

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    Code Warriors

    Stephen Budiansky talked about his book, Code Warriors: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union, about the Nation Security Agency’s (NSA) intelligence…

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    America's Cold War Refugee Policy

    Professor Gunther Peck talked about America’s immigration policy toward refugees during the Cold War. He described how people fleeing communist countries, such as Cuba, were given easier…

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    Arms Control and U.S.-Russia Relations

    The Brookings Institution held a discussion on the history of the 1986 nuclear arms control summit between President Ronald Reagan and Russian Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev. Topics…

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    Cold War Jazz Diplomacy in Africa

    U.S. Air Force Academy instructor Captain Jeffrey Copeland talked about the use of American Jazz musicians as State Department-sponsored “ambassadors” in Africa during the Cold War. He…

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    Origins of the Cold War

    Professor David Dalton talked about the origins of the Cold War following the end of World War II. This was from an American history survey course that covers colonization to the present.

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    Cold War Educational Film

    Professor Karen Rader talked about mid-20th century educational films used to teach students about nuclear warfare and science. During the Cold War, policymakers feared the U.S. population…

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    Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, and National Security

    Captain Benjamin Griffin talked about the influence that author Tom Clancy and President Ronald Reagan had on one another in the 1980s as the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union…

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    U.S. Atomic War Plans from 1945-1950

    Professor John Curatola talked about his book, Bigger Bombs for a Brighter Tomorrow: The Strategic Air Command and American War Plans at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, 1945-1950. Professor…

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    Cold War U.S. and Soviet Aid to India

    Professor David Engerman talked about the development aid directed to India by both the U.S. and Soviet Union in a Cold War competition to better relations with that country. Professor…

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    The End of the Cold War

    Robert Service talked about his book The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991, in which he looks at the final years of the Cold War from both the U.S. and Soviet perspectives.

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    U.S. Strategy During the Cold War

    Historian Fredrik Logevall spoke about U.S. Cold War strategy. Professor Logevall argued that many American leaders used alarmist and excessively militant strategies to combat communism, despite what he said was a…

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

    Jeremy Black talked about the role of President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Cold War. He argued that the origins of the Cold War date back to World War I and challenged some general…

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    Foreign Intervention in Africa During the Cold War

    Elizabeth Schmidt talked about how foreign intervention influenced emerging nations in Africa during the Cold War. She spoke about how former colonial powers dealt with these countries as they gained…

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    U.S.-Japan Military Strategies in the Pacific

    Scholars of naval and Asian affairs spoke about Cold War cooperation between the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy and their efforts to protect Japan from the pressures of…

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    Major Rudolph Anderson and the Cuban Missile Crisis

    Professor Courtney Tollison Hartness talked about Major Rudolph Anderson, Jr., the only fatality of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and explained how Major Anderson’s death may have saved millions of lives.…

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    Trial of Soviet Spy Rudolph Abel

    Scholars talked about the events surrounding the trial of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and how accurately they were portrayed in Steven Spielberg’s film, Bridge of Spies. The film is the story of…

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