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    Ethel Rosenberg

    Ethel Rosenberg was executed by the U.S. government in June of 1953, with her husband Julius, for working to give nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Anne…

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    Mercury Rising

    Author Jeff Shesol talked about why President Kennedy placed his Cold War hopes, at the height of Soviet tensions, in astronaut John Glenn’s February 20, 1962, orbit of Earth aboard…

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    Cold War Anti-Communist Trading Cards

    Cold War historian Victoria Phillips explored the anti-communist trading cards that the Bowman Bubblegum Company released in 1951. The 48 cards in the “Fight the Red Menace” series depicted…

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    History of the Cold War and International Relations

    How did the Cold War affect international relations? International Spy Museum director Chris Costa, historian and curator Andrew Hammond, and Pritzker Military Museum and Library curator…

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    U.S. Vice President Makes World Tour

    Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, traveled around the world in July of 1956 with stops in Hawaii, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, and Turkey. Highlights…

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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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    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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    U.S.-Soviet Relations and Ambassador Dobrynin

    Scholars and diplomats discussed the legacy of former Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Mr. Dobrynin served in Washington from…

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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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