Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

I Hope the Russians Love Their Children Too (Part 1 of 3)

Episode Summary

In this episode, we use the movie WarGames, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and the downing of Korean Airlines 007 to explore the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union in the 80s, specifically as it relates to nuclear war.

Episode Notes

In this episode, we use the movie WarGames, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and the downing of Korean Airlines 007 to explore the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union in the 80s, specifically as it relates to nuclear war.

n Falken's Maze technologist and former international relations professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners who wistfully long for the 80s but want to understand the complexities of today, this podcast demystifies and explains the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television. This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.

This episode is the first in a three-part series. The overarching goal of this set of shows is to discover how the intersection of artificially intelligent machines, Soviet-US relations, and an intrepid young man hacking his way into almost starting World War 3 helps to explain issues we face today. In this episode, we use the movie WarGames, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and the downing of Korean Airlines 007 to explore the relationship between the United States and Soviet Union in the 80s, specifically as it relates to nuclear war.

CORRECTION: I mentioned that the book Gulag: A History was written by Samantha Power. That is incorrect, it is Anne Applebaum. The link is below in the Reference section.

If you enjoyed the show, tell a friend, leave a review, click some stars :)

Find us online at www.falkenspodcast.com.

References:

  1. The Gulag Archipelago Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  2. Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum

Music: