Episodes
Published 04/12/22
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Published 04/12/22
Guests Helen Yaffe, José Pertierra and Marta Núñez Sarmiento discuss the protests in Cuba during July 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/15/21
A rundown of the Cuban revolution's foreign policy in Africa with guest, Cuban diplomat Oscar Oramas-Oliva. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/08/21
Noah talks with José Pertierra, a Cuban-American immigration attorney who has long tangled with right-wing Miami Cubans in the media and in court. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 11/01/21
Guest Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax) and Brendan hang out and talk about some bad Cuba movies. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/25/21
A discussion of Operation Peter Pan with Prof. Nelson Valdes, with a detour into Hungary, 1956.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/18/21
A brief overview of how American nuclear weapons strategy ran parallel to the story in our main narrative. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/11/21
Guest Luna Olavarria-Gallegos explains how the US government infiltrated and co-opted the hip-hop scene in Cuba. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/04/21
We talk to activists and historians about Cuba, black radicalism, and how the Revolution attacked the problem of racism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 09/27/21
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