66 – Liberation Square

  Gareth Rubin is an author and journalist and today we’re talking to him about his latest novel, Liberation Square set in a Soviet occupied UK in the 1950s. Buy the book on this link and support the podcast Thanks to  our select band of supporters who are helping us financially for the price of … Read more

62 – Disarming Doomsday

In this episode, we speak with Dr Becky-Alexis Martin, an award-winning pacifist scholar,  lecturer in Cultural and Political Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University,  and photographer. Her first book, “Disarming Doomsday”, critically considers the social, cultural, ​and spatial inequalities and harms perpetuated by nuclear warfare, and was the recipient of the 2020 L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First … Read more

75 – Cold War Spy Stories from Eastern Europe

Today we’re talking to  Alison Lewis, a professor in German at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of several books, including one in German about love and gender in literature during Germany’s reunification and a book in German about the Stasi’s infiltration of the literary underground. We spoke to Alison in episode 71. … Read more

55 – Why Preserve Communist Architecture?

We welcome back Mark Baker from episode 9 where we spoke about his time in 1980s Czechoslovakia.  Mark is a freelance journalist & travel writer living in his adopted hometown of Prague. I really recommend his blog which can be found here. Mark has lived in Central Europe for more than two decades and seeks out … Read more

46 – The Berlin Trilogy – Author Interview

In this episode we welcome author Paul Grant whose excellent Berlin trilogy is set in Berlin during World War 2 and the Cold War. Before we start I’d like to thank all our Patreons who are supporting the podcast with their monthly donations starting from a £1 or a dollar. Just head over to coldwarconversations.com … Read more

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31 – The Korean War in Britain

  Welcome to Episode 31 of Cold War Conversations. We speak with Doctor Grace Huxford, author of the Korean War in Britain – Citizenship, Selfhood and Forgetting. Grace’s book  is available on this link with a 50% discount using discount code PODCAST before 16th Nov 2018. The Korean War was known as the “forgotten war”, but … Read more

Episode 9 – Cloak & Dagger in Prague

Welcome to Episode 9 of Cold War Conversations. Mark Baker is an independent journalist and travel writer who’s lived in Central Europe for more than two decades. I heartily recommend his travel website www.markbakerprague.com which is an eclectic mix of stories about his adopted hometown of Prague and stories from when Central Europe was the “Eastern … Read more

Episode 8 – Warsaw Pact Armoured Fighting Vehicles

Welcome to Episode 8 of Cold War Conversations where we talk about the armoured fighting vehicles of the Warsaw Pact. Russell Phillips has written several books on Warsaw Pact military equipment and our conversation is an interesting exchange covering  the evolution in design, tactics and the deployment of Warsaw Pact armoured forces should the Cold War … Read more