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Episodes 20&21 – THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS! (Podcast)

PART 1: Cold War on Defrost!

*An episode 13 months in the making! (First recorded in 2019)*

– In Part 1 of our coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, ERIK and CHRIS spoke with high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, about the Cold War, Hiroshima, Soviet Russia, Castro, and the (*failed*) “Bay of Pigs” invasion of 1961 – which would ultimately set the stage for a political crisis that would soon bring the world to the brink of nuclear war!

Will Khrushchev call JFK’s bluff? Will the human species survive? Will the podcasters stay on topic?

Find out only on Epik Fails of History!

MUSIC CLIP: “2 Minutes Till Midnight!” by Iron Maiden (1984)


PART 2: Russian Roulette with nukes!

– In Part 2 – ERIK, CHRIS, and high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, discuss the KGB, JFK, Khrushchev, nuclear submarines, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, several close calls throughout the Cuban Missile Crisis, and ultimately consider whether or not the Cold War ever really ended…

MUSIC CLIP: “The Final Countdown!” by Europe (1986)

Movie Clips: “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The Princess Bride” (1987), “Dirty Harry” (1971)

Nuclear Explosion Footage Montage

Nuclear Bomb Time Lapse Video

Nuclear Warheads Around the World (Updated)

Duck and Cover – “Bert the Turtle” Nuclear War Infomercial (1951)

*Also be sure to check out the original three-part blog article: The Cuban Missile Crisis: Cold War On Defrost! (2016)

Erik Slader
Erik Slader
Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the co-author of the Epic Fails book series. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.


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