Episodes
Interviews with history professor Michelle Chase and Cuban scholar Marta Nuñez Sarmiento. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/20/21
Guatemala: an origin story, inspiration, and cautionary tale just a few hundred miles from our main story. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/13/21
After the Kennedy assassination, US-Cuba diplomacy wanes and the embargo continues. To this day. Our story ends. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/06/21
Castro, Khrushchev, and Kennedy take tentative steps toward the path of peace post-Crisis. Cuban exile groups, and their CIA sponsors, are not pleased. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/30/21
The USA announces to the world there are missiles in Cuba. Fidel prepares for war. Khrushchev secretly haggles with Kennedy. Americans enjoy Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/23/21
Fearing another American invasion — "the big one" — Soviet and Cuban leaders plot a secret response. Camelot never sees it coming. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/16/21
Smarting from failure at the Bay of Pigs, the White House sets in motion a new plan to thwart the Cuban Revolution: Operation Mongoose. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/09/21
The CIA and the Cuban exiles get their long-awaited shot at taking out Castro and the Revolution. The subsequent battle in Cuba sends shockwaves around the world. Also: The Blowback S2 official soundtrack is now out on Spotify, Apple, Bandcamp, and other major streaming services. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 08/02/21
JFK outmuscles Richard Nixon on Cuba and into the White House. The CIA begins training Cuban exiles in Central America for an invasion. And Fidel pays a visit to Harlem. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/26/21
The Cuban Revolution takes power and the counter-revolution begins. The U.S. government, organized crime, and Cuban exiles carry out a campaign of terrorism, assassination, sabotage and psy-ops to turn back the clock. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/19/21
A long short history of Cuba’s relationship with the United States, climaxing with the Cuban revolutionaries’ war to liberate the island from the dictator Batista and his backers in the United States. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/12/21
Welcome back. Brendan and Noah reveal this season’s subject, explore the USA’s unrelenting Cuba mania, and introduce the cast of characters. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/19/21
New episodes drop on April 19. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/12/21
Invading Iraq means never having to say you’re sorry. The end of Bush, the broken promise of Obama, and the rise of ISIS and Donald Trump.
Published 08/17/20
The empire strikes back. As Iraq deteriorates into civil war, the Bush administration taps a new man to lead a new American strategy. Which means saying goodbye to an old friend.
Published 08/10/20
The American public votes to give Bush another term, right before a big dose of buyers’ remorse. In Iraq, the new "democracy" struggles to get elections off the ground as the situation careens toward civil war.
Published 08/03/20
Somehow not expecting it, the Americans now face an insurgency problem, as both Sunni and Shi'a militants emerge to kick us out. War crimes and atrocities in Fallujah, Sadr City and Abu Ghraib fuel the flames of anti-American resistance.
Published 07/27/20
Welcome to the Green Zone, where America rules from Saddam’s old palace. The US occupation begins the destruction of Iraq, Rudy Giuliani almost becomes Viceroy, and Halliburton hunts and kills baby kittens.
Published 07/20/20
Author Naomi Klein joins us to discuss the American exploitation-fest in Iraq, her own experience coming up during the Bush years, the rehabilitation of the Bush administration, and its continuities with the Trump gang.
Published 07/13/20
The media episode, breaking down some of the journalistic f**k-ups and pundit idiocy that steered us toward war in Iraq. Featuring special guest Will Menaker.
Published 07/13/20
Brendan and Noah survey the underwhelming landscape of Iraq War cinema with special guest Matt Christman. They dissect both Hollywood's hits and flops — neither of which were very good — and recommend very few flicks worth watching.
Published 07/06/20
America sends Colin Powell, Good Cop, to the UN for one last PR stunt before we invade Iraq. The portal to Gozer the Destructor is opened and the war begins.
Published 07/06/20
September 11th gives America the perfect excuse to finish our hit job on Iraq. We put together the Bush administration's case for war — WMD and al-Qaeda — and take it apart piece by piece.
Published 06/29/20
Before George W. Bush, there was Daddy Bush and Bill Clinton, who killed thousands of Iraqis and pushed the country to the brink of famine. The Gulf War, brutal sanctions, and the End of History.
Published 06/22/20
In this first bonus episode, Noah talks to author and journalist Dahr Jamail, one of the few journalists who covered the occupation of Iraq, on the ground, without being embedded with the US military or its allies. Dahr is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone,” “The Will To Resist,” and “The Mass Destruction of Iraq.”
Published 06/15/20