56. The Fall Of The USSR (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss the destructive effects of Gorbachev’s reforms, both in the satellite Soviet countries and in Russia itself, culminating in the formal dissolution of the USSR. Dan McGinnis returns as guest.

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55. The Fall Of The USSR (Part 1)

In this episode we talk about the difficulties facing the Soviet Union throughout the 1980’s, as well as the policies of its young new leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Dan McGinnis returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 18, The Space Race (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information. 10:48 – Voshkhod 2 flew on March 18, 1965. 13:55 – I couldn’t confirm that any town had actually lost any of their planets – this may be apocryphal, or simply misremembered. There are numerous towns with scale models of the solar system, though, many of which […]

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18. The Space Race (Part 2)

In this episode, we pick up the space race with the Gemini and Voshkhod programs and follow it through the Apollo landings until its official end in 1975 with the joint Soyuz-Apollo mission. Kevin Miller returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 17, The Space Race (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information. 4:48 – The Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is the NASA capsule (contracted to Lockheed Martin) that is intended to replace the space shuttle, which has been grounded since 2011, leaving transport of astronauts to the ISS dependant on the Russian Soyuz Launch System. The first unmanned test […]

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17. The Space Race (Part 1)

In this episode, we discuss the origins of the space race between the United States and Soviet Union, from the early experiments of Robert Goddard and the aftermath of the Second World War through to the groundbreaking Mercury and Vostok programs. Kevin Miller returns as guest.

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