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    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    President Kennedy spoke to the Society of Newspaper Editors about events in Cuba, which later became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He emphasized that Cuban “patriots” had taken up arms…

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    James Baker and the End of the Cold War

    Diana Villiers Negroponte talked about her book, Master Negotiator: The Role of James A. Baker, III at the End of the Cold War, which looks at how Baker - as secretary of state - worked to create what…

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    George Kennan and U.S. Cold War Containment Policy

    Author and journalist Evan Thomas talked about the impact and legacy of U.S. diplomat George Kennan and his “Long Telegram” with Truman Presidential Library director Kurt Graham. On February 22, 1946, U.S.…

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    The U.S. Overseas Information Program

    This film produced at the height of the Cold War shows examples of Soviet anti-American propaganda, and outlines U.S. efforts to promote American values around the globe using radio, print,…

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    Communist Imperialism

    This Pepperdine College Cold War film documents Soviet territorial expansion between 1917 and 1962, and warns of the threat of international communism. Primarily focused on the increase of…

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    Timothy Riley on 75th Anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech

    Fulton, Missouri’s Westminster College invited Winston Churchill to speak in March, 1946--not long after the British prime minister, who guided England through World War II, was voted out of office. Townspeople welcomed…

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    U.S. Containment Strategy After World War II

    Professor Hitchcock lectured about the U.S. foreign policy strategy of containment between 1946-1950. After World War II, President Harry Truman initiated policies to prevent the spread of communism in…

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    Hawaiian Statehood and U.S. Cold War Image Abroad

    The Territory of Hawaii became the 50th state in August 1959. In her book Gateway State, Sarah Miller-Davenport explains the role Hawaii -- with its Asian-majority population -- played in…

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    History of Ellsworth Air Force Base

    John Mollison of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Kim Morey of the South Dakota Air and Space Foundation talked about Ellsworth Air Force Base. Established in 1941 as a training ground for B-17…

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    Saving Freedom

    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough described Harry Truman’s efforts to prepare America for the Cold War. This was a virtual program hosted by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

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    Reagan, Moscow and the 1980s Cold War

    Duke University History and Public Policy Professor Simon Miles participated in a discussion of his book, Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the…

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    Gambling with Armageddon

    Martin Sherwin looked at the Cold War with a focus on the Cuban missile crisis. This was a virtual event hosted by Town Hall Seattle.

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    The Cold War and Popular Culture

    University of Virginia Professor Grace Elizabeth Hale looked at the Cold War era and its influence on popular culture. The Georgia Historical Society and UVA Club of Savannah co-hosted the…

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    The Quiet Americans

    Scott Anderson looked at the early years of the Cold War as the CIA worked to counter the efforts of the KGB. This was a virtual event hosted by Left Bank Books in St. Louis.

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    Agent Sonya

    Military historian Ben Macintyre recalled the life of Soviet intelligence officer Ursula Bolton, who assumed a false identity in an English village in the years leading up to the Cold War…

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    Former Senator Sam Nunn - The Cold War at 75

    The Georgia Historical Society’s senior historian Stan Deaton interviewed former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn about the Cold War 75 years after it began. Senator Nunn served from 1972 to 1997 as a…

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    Presidential Leadership During the Cold War

    University of Virginia History Professor William Hitchcock discussed presidential leadership during the Cold War-era and the Cold War’s lasting impact. He is the author of The Age of…

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    Diaries of Cold War Strategist George Kennan

    Foreign policy strategist and American diplomat George F. Kennan kept journals over the course of 88 years. Historian Frank Costigliola, who edited Kennan’s writings, examined this trove of…

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    Cold War and Civil Rights Movement

    University of Virginia Professor Kevin Gaines looked back to the Cold War era and explained how opponents of the civil rights movement associated it with communism and how similar methods…

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    Classical Music and Politics in 20th Century America

    Author and former classical musician Jonathan Rosenberg discussed his new book, Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War, which explores the…

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