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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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    Manhattan Project Construction Worker CJ Mitchell

    CJ Mitchell recounted his time as a construction worker in Hanford, Washington, beginning in the late 1940s. The site was used for atomic weapons production in World War II and during the Cold War. In…

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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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    Open Phones on Fall of Berlin Wall Anniversary, Part 2

    Viewers commented on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the guarded concrete barrier that from 1961 to 1989 divided the German city into two parts. This program was part of an American…

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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

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    Cold War, CIA and Radio Free Europe

    In the 1950s and 60s, the CIA secretly funded Radio Free Europe, which broadcast anti-Communist propaganda behind the Iron Curtain. Kenneth Osgood, author of Total Cold War, talked about the…

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    Q&A with Jeffrey Engel

    Southern Methodist University’s Jeffrey Engel discussed his book, When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.

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    German Social Scientists and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Hans Speier was a German social scientist who was among the many European intellectuals who immigrated to America during the rise of Nazism in the 1930s. In this program, University of…

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    Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

    David Talbot talked about his book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, published by Free Press. The author read passages from the book. He explored the personal and political…

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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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    The Turn

    Mr. Oberdorfer, author of The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era, The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983- 1990, discussed the history of U.S.- Soviet relations, and how interaction…

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    1962 Film U.S. Army in Berlin: Timetable for Crisis

    This 1962 U.S. Army film traced the history of the conflict between the Soviet Union and Western democracies that eventually led to the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. This portion of the film…

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    Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Dieter Dettke, from East Germany and a professor Georgetown University’s Security Studies and German and European Studies Centers, talked about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Topics…

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    Herbert Hoover, Henry Wallace, and Cold War America

    Kevin Kim talked about Herbert Hoover, and Henry Wallace, and the U.S. policies that led to the Cold War. This interview was part of a series of five interviews American History TV…

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation Mole Hunt

    David Wise talked about about his October 2013 article for Smithsonian Magazine, “When the FBI Spent Decades Hunting for a Soviet Spy on Its Staff.” In the article he traces the course and effects of one of the most…

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    The Challenge of Ideas

    This 1961 film titled The Challenge of Ideas discusses the ideological battle between the United States and Soviet Union. It was produced by the United States Army Pictorial Center and the…

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    The Berlin Air-Lift: The Story of a Great Achievement

    The Berlin Airlift of 1948-49 involved more than 250,000 flights carrying food and supplies into West Berlin, after the Soviet Union cut off road and rail corridors on June 24, 1948. The…

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    Eisenhower Announces Visit by Khrushchev

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced and exchange of visits with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in an attempt to improve understanding and relations between the two countries. “New…

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    Liberty and Security, Part 1

    Panelists talked about the tension between national security and civil liberties during the Truman administration. Athan Theoharis presented his paper “The Truman Presidency and the FBI.” Landon Storrs presented her paper…

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