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Join Brandon, Scott, Quintin, and T.J. as we laugh and learn a thing or two about the world and just maybe ourselves. in Havana that have no basis in reality. The difference between the two stories is ultimately in what they offer: clarity, in the case of Blowback, and nuance, in much of Slow Burn. Clarity simplifies the complicated; it galvanizes the cowed or intimidated, it gives ballast to moral instinct. Season Two of Blowback, the first episode of which arrives on all platforms Monday, April 19th (the first two episodes are available on Stitcher Premium), is brimming with intrigue: dissections of events like the CIAs scheming with organized crime, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and, yes, how all this may or may not tie in with the assassination of John F. Kennedy (All will be revealed, James quips). Is it about gathering intelligence? What do you think the conventional American narrative of the Cuban Revolution is? It shows the war as the outgrowth of a society-wide, post-9/11 madness that led even those otherwise inclined toward dovishness to fervor. The neo-colonial method is to present a front of neutrality to countries that are really under the American thumb due to economic, social, and political pressures we force on them. We really appreciate everyone's support and understanding during this time and hope to be bringing you our regular sub-par content as soon as possible. Discovered by Player FM and our community copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. * Data source: directly measured on Listen Notes. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps. To listen to the rest of season 3 right now, visit www.blowback.show Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy, The third season of Blowback the story of the Korean War arrives July 2022. To what extent do you think these anti-communist impulses that fueled American foreign policy in Cuba and elsewhere during the 20th century are still alive today? And in fact, other countries take cues from us on how to discipline their restive populations. (This, in large part, is what initially drew the ire of the over-caffeinated Blowback fanbase: Chalabi appears here as a powerful and dangerous man, and not simply a preening wannabe oligarch as if it were somehow impossible for him to be both.). Truthfully, I dont remember his exact words, neither do I care. note: This story was shared by noted film historian Joseph McBride, who said he had this conversation with Pakula.] Blowback is a weekly comedy podcast with recurring segments covering trivia, current events, mundane moral quandaries, and the crispest can openings you'll ever hear. Its like when you see an Amazon ad with a smiling worker saying, I can go to the bathroom any time I want! And its shot beautifully, it looks like a vodka commercial, but its trying to manage something deeply authoritarian, unjust, and evil. The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time Season three spans the dawn of America's empire in the Pacific, through the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula, onto the devastating conflict that broke out in 1950. But the generation thats inheriting it doesnt quite agree on how the narrative fits together. note: CubaNet is a non-profit media outlet that says its dedicated to promoting the alternative press in Cuba and sharing information about the reality of the island.] If you go to CubaNet and say, Where do they get their money from? They get it from the National Endowment for Democracy, which is the U.S. government. We live in a destabilizing time and people have a different relationship with the government now, as every octogenarian Ive interviewed has reminded me (at least the American ones). Who sells it? No credit card needed. Now: The Russian Revolution Next: ??? Joe Biden, Donald Trump, John McCain and Bernie Sanders all came to agree that the war was a mistake. But Rumsfeld remained unapologetic about Iraq until the very end, and in the process, made his name and that mistake largely synonymous. Blowback Season 3 Teaser COMING SUMMER 2022 The entirety of season three ten main narrative episodes, ten bonus episodes is available all at once to Blowback subscribers, for the price of $24.99. For example, Blowback is satisfied to gawk at the press worst pro-war excesses and excuses, which is funny and authentically shocking in some cases, but ultimately not very edifying as the war cheerleaders are reduced to one-dimensional ghouls, to use their frequent term of art. Thank you for this!! Subscriptions are now available here: In addition to getting all of season three at once, Blowback subscribers receive: Both Rumsfeld and our Iraqi experiment in nation-building have now passed into history. a couple of years ago that had a young ex-pat Venezuelan comedian say like, Hey, all you Twitter bro-cialists, stop trying to tell me whether or not America should invade my country. It hit all the right notes to paint anyone I mean, Noah and I are disgusting, bro-cialist guys from Brooklyn, but discount that for a second who makes any case against American imperialism as white dudes who have too much time on their hands. gets its title from a bit of Central Intelligence Agency jargon the unintended and adverse consequences of covert operations. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy, A pocket-sized history of the Korean peninsula, the upstart US and Japanese empires, and World War II. We should maintain a healthy distrust of institutions that are supposedly responsible for acting in the name of national security, and who are also theoretically responsible for being transparent to Congress and the public. When in fact, thats the minority of people who tend to care about this stuff. The difference might seem stylistic, not substantial. Theres a cinematic quality to how they tell the story, with explicit audio references to crowd-pleasing movie classics, and the chatty, impassioned, late-night-party quality of the series creates a sense of community that makes the listener feel privy to a newer, truer American narrative. But I think one thing were trying to do is expose how that happens and, in some cases, reveal the mirror image that the United States is projecting every time it describes the horrors of communism. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images | Getty Images. The story of the 1959 Cuban Revolution and its aftermath, as James recently told Rolling Stone, presented a classic, exhaustive case of almost every trick America uses economic sabotage, assassination attempts, psyops, etc. People have less trust of the government, and buried in that is a lot of scary stuff. And all of this requires efforts however sometimes morally questionable of the United States to intervene and give the country back democracy. I dont know if its humility or neuroses, but I get worried that a source that looks reputable could be a limited hangout. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. But a peace treaty never comes. Decades of military rule and a genocide that by the Nineties, by all mainstream accounts, kills 200,000 people chiefly indigenous people in a very small country. But ultimately, the heart of Season Two is the interviews with people like Cuban academic Marta Nez Sarmiento and diplomat Raul Roa-Kouri. Its penultimate episode centers around an interview with Judith Miller, the Times now-infamous former national security reporter who credulously repeated Bush administration hype over weapons of mass destruction into the public record. James: Were not the first people to say this, but the CIA is really as close as you can legally get to creating an arm of government thats organized crime. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. No credit card needed. James: One thing were really happy with about this season are the interviews with Cubans who lived through the revolution. Bad guys (and gals) are eternally fascinating. The immense, Shakespearean tragedy of Iraq means that, like Watergate, it will lace those narratives for decades. I dont know if its humility or neuroses, but I get worried that a source that looks reputable could be a limited hangout. Now that Biden has reentered office, the assumption is that theres some reversion to the status quo happening, but it isnt. Amir, Chase, Chris & Doug discuss hacks and hoaxes. Who were their Generals? Ancient Warfare Magazine will try and answer these questions. Signup to sync subscriptions across devices. New Podcasts e by noted film historian Joseph McBride, who said he had this conversation with Pakula.] Blowback Podcast (Premium) A podcast about American Empire. Weve backslid, and its a tragedy. But apt as it may be, James (who also composed the score for Season Two and will release it later this year as an album co-produced with Wets Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow) stresses that its somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Well researched. The portal to Gozer the Destructor is opened and the war begins. James: Additionally, this totalitarian system produces only poverty and hunger, and these poor, hungry people hightail it to the United States. Kulwin: Theyre in vogue against Cuba now. 0:00. But what felt crazy was, they articulated this country, this government and this revolution that was doing things like teaching people how to read. Its insulting to paint the situation that way because the majority of people who care about this stuff are the people in countries that are gonna get fucked over by America, but they dont have a voice. Slow Burn allows space for figures like the late anti-Saddam Iraqi politician Ahmed Chalabi, former New York Times reporter Judith Miller, and, yes, Donald Rumsfeld, to speak for themselves, either in the present or through the historical record, and invites the listener to draw their own conclusions. The US occupation begins the destruction of Iraq, Rudy Giuliani almost becomes Viceroy, and Halliburton hunts and kills baby kittens.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy, Somehow not expecting it, the Americans now face an insurgency problem, as both Sunni and Shi'a militants emerge to kick us out. There was a slick New York Times video a couple of years ago that had a young ex-pat Venezuelan comedian say like, Hey, all you Twitter bro-cialists, stop trying to tell me whether or not America should invade my country. It hit all the right notes to paint anyone I mean, Noah and I are disgusting, bro-cialist guys from Brooklyn, but discount that for a second who makes any case against American imperialism as white dudes who have too much time on their hands. As decades roll on, the war becomes permanent. Like, Oh, were just this bumbling giant and we accidentally gave those guys Stinger missiles, and oop, it bit us in the ass., Or, as Kulwin puts it, The things we would call fuck-ups, errors of American empire, are part of a self-sustaining system. Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy, Democrats believe they have the upper hand on legislation, culture, and the narrative but the blowback is already beginning. 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