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The Kaboom Podcast

Podcast episodes


Episode:  10.        Date:  July 25, 2017.
Guest: Jon Western
Jon Western on how the United States decides to intervene or not to intervene in foreign conflicts. Also, the history of the bikini.     More . . .
Episode:  8.        Date:  June 8, 2017.
Guest: Donald Miller
Historian Donald Miller talks about the American "bomber boys" of World War II. Also, digging up unexploded bombs in Normandy, and the big gamble that started the Six Day War.     More . . .
Episode:  6.        Date:  May 26, 2017.
Guest: Warzer Jaff
Iraqi-American journalist Warzer Jaff on the wars in Iraq, our best friends in the Middle East, the Kurdish people, and their lives under Saddam Hussein. Also, the massacre of teenage girls in Manchester, England, and the bombing of France before D-Day.     More . . .
Episode:  4.        Date:  May 4, 2017.
Guest: Priya Satia
Priya Satia looks back at the occupation of Iraq in the 1920s and '30s by the British, who trained for World War II by bombing Iraqi villages. Also, cluster bombs, and the Haymarket riot of 1886.     More . . .
Episode:  2.        Date:  April 19, 2017.
Guest: Joshua Kurlantzick
Joshua Kurlantzick talks with us about the most bombed country in the world, tiny little Laos. Also, we talk about the "Mother of All Bombs" dropped on Afghanistan last week, and the Doolittle Raid on Japan this week in 1942.     More . . .
Episode:  9.        Date:  June 16, 2017.
Guest: Donald Miller
Historian Donald Miller on the young men of the American 8th Air Force, how bombing failed to defeat Germany, and how it finally started to succeed. Also, Albert Speer, the US Strategic Bombing Survey, and another dark day in Manchester, England – June 15, 1996.     More . . .
Episode:  7.        Date:  June 2, 2017.
Guest: Warzer Jaff
Photojournalist Warzer Jaff tells us about covering ISIS in Iraq. Also, the long-secret massacre of up to 300 black people in Tulsa, Oklahoma, including what may have been the first aerial bombing in the United States.     More . . .
Episode:  5.        Date:  May 12, 2017.
Guest: Colm McKeogh
Colm McKeogh on the idea of civilians, how it became wrong to kill them, and how it became okay to kill them again. Also, survivors in Mosul, and Nixon vows, "The bastards have never been bombed like they’re going to be bombed this time."     More . . .
Episode:  3.        Date:  April 26, 2017.
Guest: Ward Wilson
Ward Wilson tells us his "Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons." Also, terrorism in France and the 1937 bombing of Guernica that shocked the world.     More . . .
Episode:  1.        Date:  April 12, 2017.
Guest: Heather Grayson
This is the first episode of the Kaboom podcast! We talk with Heather Grayson about her experience as a US Army explosive ordnance disposal officer in the Gulf war and an explosion that changed her life, and look back at a little-remembered 1985 bombing in Spain that set the stage for terrorism in the present.     More . . .