Then and Now: Global History and Culture

Then and Now: Global History and Culture

"Then and Now" connects events from the past with today's news headlines. Current episodes are history topics from my global culture and history course. In 2006, the podcast started with students in my introductory global history and culture course at the Univ of Minn. Previous episodes reviewed history topics, special music episodes connecting a country's culture with its music, interviews with voices of students and community members as they were part of historical events, and other topics. Episodes featured independent music artists. Share comments about the podcast with David Arendale, arendale@umn.edu

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February 23, 2024

(Bonus) The Warsaw Pact (WP),[d] formally the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance (TFCMA),[e] was a collective defense treaty signed in WarsawPoland, between the Soviet Union and seven other Eastern Bloc socialist republics of Central and Eastern Europe in May 1955, during the Cold War. The term "Warsaw Pact" commonly re...

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(Bonus) The Cold War originated in the breakdown of relations between the two main victors in World War IIUnited States and the Soviet Union, and their respective allies, the Western Bloc and the Eastern Bloc, in the years 1945–1949. The origins derive from diplomatic (and occasional military) confrontations stretching back decades, followed by the issue of political boundaries in Central Europe and non-democratic control of the ...

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February 23, 2024

(Bonus) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO /ˈnt/  Read more

February 23, 2024

(Bonus) The Eastern Bloc, also known as the Communist Bloc, the Socialist Bloc, and the Soviet Bloc, was the coalition of communist states of Central and Eastern EuropeAsiaAfrica, and Latin America that were aligned with the Soviet Union and existed during the Cold War (1947–1991). These states followed the ideology of Marxism–Leninism, in opposition to the capitalist Western Bloc. The Eastern Bloc was often called the "Second ...

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February 23, 2024 17 mins

S16-E03 Topics: Arming of the East and the West, formation of NATO pact, formation of the WARSAW pact.

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(Bonus) On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists starring Gregory PeckAva GardnerFred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins. Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer,[2] it is based on Nevil Shute's 1957 novel On the Beach depicting the aftermath of a nuclear war.[3]

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(Bonus) Fail Safe is a 1964 Cold War thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The film follows a crisis caused by a critical error that sends a group of U.S. bombers to destroy Moscow, and the ensuing attempts to stop the bomber group before it can deploy a nuclear first strike. The film features performances by actors Henry FondaDan O'HerlihyWalter M...

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(Bonus) Duck and Cover is a 1952 American civil defense animated live-action social guidance film[1] that is often mischaracterized[2][3] as propaganda.[4] It has similar themes to the more adult-oriented civil defense training fil...

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(Bonus) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (known simply and more commonly as Dr. Strangelove) is a 1964 political satire black comedy film directed, co-written, and produced by Stanley Kubrick and starring Peter Sellers in three roles, including the title character. The film, which satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States, also stars George ...

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February 23, 2024 27 mins

S16-E02 Topics: Fail Safe movie, Dr. Strangelove movie, On the Beach movie, Duck and Cover movie.

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(Bonus) This article provides an overview of the "Red Scare" during the 1950s and 1960s: the fear of worldwide Communism. The article is from Wikipedia.

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(Bonus) This article from Wikipedia, the "McCarthy Era," which he led generated fear among the American people of Communist infiltration. 

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(Bonus) This article from Wikipedia provides a comprehensive overview of the Cold War period.

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(Bonus) This is a list of the assigned readings that I provided for students to accompany the unit on the Cold War.

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(Bonus) These are the PowerPoint slides used with the six-part unit on the Cold War.

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February 10, 2024 29 mins

S16-E01 Topics: Origins of the Cold War, the Red Panic in U.S. society, fear of atomic war, U.S. House Committee on Unamerican Activities, and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

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(Bonus) The Manhattan Project was a research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory that designe...

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(Bonus) Operation Unthinkable was the name given to two related possible future war plans by the British Chiefs of Staff against the Soviet Union in 1945. The plans were never approved or implemented. The plans were created by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in May 1945 and developed by the British Armed Forces' Joint Planning Staff in May 1945 at the end of World War II in Europe.
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(Bonus) The Soviet atomic bomb project was the classified research and development program that was authorized by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union to develop nuclear weapons during World War II.

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(Bonus) The Japanese program to develop nuclear weapons was conducted during World War II. Like the German nuclear weapons program, it suffered from an array of problems, and was ultimately unable to progress beyond the laboratory stage before the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

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