Blowback

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Subscribers: 1517
Reviews: 6


 Oct 17, 2022

Progressive
 Jan 13, 2022
amazing podcast. very informative!


 Sep 17, 2020

KW
 Jul 7, 2020
Outstanding

Elijah C
 Jun 23, 2020
equal parts entertaining, mind blowing, and heartbreaking. I never fully understood the extent of what really happened in the Persian Gulf until I listened to this show. A genuine masterpiece.

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A podcast about American Empire.


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S3 Episode 10 - "The Host"
5792

The armistice in Korea is supposed to be temporary. But a peace treaty never comes. As decades roll on, the war becomes permanent.



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Nov 28, 2022
S3 Episode 9 - "No More Targets"
4453

Stalemate on the battlefield does not stop the United States from obliterating North Korea.



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Nov 21, 2022
S3 Episode 8 - "American Caesar"
4938

President Truman and his “Big General in the Far East” enter their final standoff over the war.



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Nov 14, 2022
S3 Episode 7 - "Mao's Poem"
3877

The US threatens to cross the Yalu. The Chinese leadership debates its options in Korea.



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Nov 07, 2022
S3 Episode 6 - "National Smile Week"
3853

Gen. MacArthur executes his revenge.



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Oct 31, 2022
S3 Episode 5 - “Train to Busan”
4746

With a rightwing, US-backed klepto-case to his South, Kim Il-Sung bets the house.



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Oct 24, 2022
S3 Episode 4 - "Red Island"
3462

The war before the war on a self-reliant island off South Korea.

Soundtrack: https://open.spotify.com/album/4e9hkmGdDhycmgcGKe3bF0?si=d97_H1fvS5CV84ZvcEhZqQ



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Oct 17, 2022
S3 Episode 3 - "The Blue House"
4012

After a flash of hope post-WWII Korea is divided into North and South.



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Oct 10, 2022
S3 Episode 2 - “The Uninvited”
4283

A pocket-sized history of the Korean peninsula, the upstart US and Japanese empires, and World War II.

Soundtrack: https://open.spotify.com/album/4e9hkmGdDhycmgcGKe3bF0?si=d97_H1fvS5CV84ZvcEhZqQ



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Oct 01, 2022
S3 Episode 1 - “Stop Me Before I Kill Again”
2480

A new season, a new story: The Korean War. To listen to the rest of season 3 right now, visit www.blowback.show



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Jul 25, 2022
Coming Soon: Blowback Season Three
40

The third season of Blowback — the story of the Korean War — arrives July 2022. Pre-order and listening details at https://blowback.supportingcast.fm



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Apr 12, 2022
S2 Bonus 10 - "Havana (Derangement) Syndrome"
2677

Guests Helen Yaffe, José Pertierra and Marta Núñez Sarmiento discuss the protests in Cuba during July 2021.



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Nov 15, 2021
S2 Bonus 9 - "The Most Beautiful Cause"
2212

A rundown of the Cuban revolution's foreign policy in Africa with guest, Cuban diplomat Oscar Oramas-Oliva.



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Nov 08, 2021
S2 Bonus 8 - "The Capital of Terrorism"
4095

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.



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Nov 01, 2021
S2 Bonus 7 - "Sweet Dirty Tony's Baadasssss Song"
5261

Guest Bill Corbett (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Rifftrax) and Brendan hang out and talk about some bad Cuba movies.



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Oct 25, 2021
S2 Bonus 6 - “Neverland”
2293

A discussion of Operation Peter Pan with Prof. Nelson Valdes, with a detour into Hungary, 1956. 



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Oct 18, 2021
S2 Bonus 5 - "Massive Retaliation"
1812

A brief overview of how American nuclear weapons strategy ran parallel to the story in our main narrative.



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Oct 11, 2021
S2 Bonus 4 - "CIAin't Kiddin'"
2350

Guest Luna Olavarria-Gallegos explains how the US government infiltrated and co-opted the hip-hop scene in Cuba.



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Oct 04, 2021
S2 Bonus 3 - "Watch Out For That Boy"
1927

We talk to activists and historians about Cuba, black radicalism, and how the Revolution attacked the problem of racism.



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Sep 27, 2021
S2 Bonus 2 - "Lo Distinto Se Parece"
2949

Interviews with history professor Michelle Chase and Cuban scholar Marta Nuñez Sarmiento.



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Sep 20, 2021
S2 Bonus 1 - "Red-Handed Sleight of Hand"
2516

Guatemala: an origin story, inspiration, and cautionary tale just a few hundred miles from our main story.



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Sep 13, 2021
S2 Episode 10 - "Infinite Crisis"
4753

After the Kennedy assassination, US-Cuba diplomacy wanes and the embargo continues. To this day. Our story ends.



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Sep 06, 2021
S2 Episode 9 - "Cuba Libra"
4962

Castro, Khrushchev, and Kennedy take tentative steps toward the path of peace post-Crisis. Cuban exile groups, and their CIA sponsors, are not pleased.



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Aug 30, 2021
S2 Episode 8 - “We’ll All Meet In Hell”
3950

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.



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Aug 23, 2021
S2 Episode 7 - "Anadyr"
4359

Fearing another American invasion — "the big one" — Soviet and Cuban leaders plot a secret response. Camelot never sees it coming.



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Aug 16, 2021
S2 Episode 6 - "Nothing To Lose"
3777

Smarting from failure at the Bay of Pigs, the White House sets in motion a new plan to thwart the Cuban Revolution: Operation Mongoose.



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Aug 09, 2021
S2 Episode 5 - "Fish Is Red"
3618

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.



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Aug 02, 2021
S2 Episode 4 - "Secret Honor"
4538

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.



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Jul 26, 2021
S2 Episode 3 - "New Normal"
4595

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.



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Jul 19, 2021
S2 Episode 2 - "Lo Hicimos"
4826

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.



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Jul 12, 2021
S2 Episode 1 - "The Jupiter Menace"
2737

Welcome back. Brendan and Noah reveal this season’s subject, explore the USA’s unrelenting Cuba mania, and introduce the cast of characters.



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Apr 19, 2021
Coming Soon: Blowback Season 2
65

New episodes drop on April 19.



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Apr 12, 2021
S1 Bonus - "Shock Corridor feat. Naomi Klein"
2409

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.



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Aug 20, 2020
S1 Bonus - "Iraqi Horror Picture Show feat. Matt Christman"
3655

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.



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Aug 19, 2020
S1 Bonus - "Our Man In Baghdad feat. Dahr Jamail"
3298

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.”



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Aug 18, 2020
S1 Episode 10 - "The Iraq War Did Not Take Place"
3926

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.



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Aug 17, 2020
S1 Episode 9 - "How Do You Fuck That Up?"
3744

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.



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Aug 10, 2020
S1 Episode 8 - "Electioneering"
3549

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.



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Aug 03, 2020
S1 Episode 7 - "#Resistance"
3636

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.



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Jul 27, 2020
S1 Episode 6 - "Year Zero"
3835

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.



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Jul 20, 2020
S1 Episode 5 - "Dead Links feat. Will Menaker"
3708

The media episode, breaking down some of the journalistic fuck-ups and pundit idiocy that steered us toward war in Iraq. Featuring special guest Will Menaker.



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Jul 13, 2020
S1 Episode 4 - "Mars Attacks"
3587

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.



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Jul 06, 2020
S1 Episode 3 - "Curveball"
3663

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.



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Jun 29, 2020
S1 Episode 2 - "American Psycho"
3681

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.



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Jun 22, 2020
S1 Episode 1 - "Rosebud"
3498

We trace the origins of America’s perverse relationship with Iraq, from the Cold War to the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s. Assassinations, coups, counter-coups, and the rise of Saddam.



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Jun 15, 2020
S1 Episode 0 - "Iraqnophobia" feat. H. Jon Benjamin & James Adomian
2159

Brendan and Noah drag the Iraq War out of America’s memory hole to see how it shaped our world today. Meet the rogues’ gallery of George W. Bush’s administration and Saddam Hussein’s family. Featuring special guests James Adomian and H. Jon Benjamin.



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Mar 17, 2020
New Podcast Coming Soon: Blowback
31

The Iraq War did not take place.



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Mar 09, 2020