Saturday, February 25, 2017

Podcast Nuggets part 2

This month we have another selection of great podcasts, all related to the Cold War. How to become a KGB sleeper agent, how U.S president Reagan stoked up the Cold War with his space program and a spy mission on a Soviet cruiser that ended in disaster and embarrassment.

SPY CAST - Deep Undercover: Interview with Jack Barsky, a former KGB illegal. Born as Albrecht Dittrich in East-Germany, he was recruited in 1970 by the KGB, trained in Moscow and sent the the United States in 1978 under a false identity. He lived the American dream and made a career, for both the KGB and unaware American companies, but was eventually caught by the FBI.

CURIOUS MINDS - Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative scared the hell out of the Soviets. As if branding them as the Empire of Evil wasn't enough, his plans for a space defence system, a.k.a. the Star Wars Initiative, would render Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles useless. It made the Kremlin fear the worst. Did Reagan's wild plans eventually lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union?

STUFF THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW - Commander Crabb, the curious case of the frogman that disappeared. Lieutenant Commander Lionel Crabb was a highly decorated combat diver. Crabb was recruited in 1956 by the British Foreign Intelligence organisation MI6 to spy on the Soviet cruiser Ordzhonikidze in Portsmouth Harbour. The cruiser had Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev aboard for a diplomatic mission. Crabb never resurfaced from his underwater mission and MI6 tried to cover up his mission that eventually would embarrass the British government.

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