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Mark and I get into the festive spirit by not mentioning anything seasonal. Instead, we look at the story behind one of the most popular – and bizarre – photographs from post-war America. Yes, we're discussing that most important of high-level meetings, the time when Richard Nixon met Elvis Presley.
On December 21, 1970, a man dressed in black and wearing sunglasses entered the Oval Office of the White House. He desperately wanted to bring a Colt .45 pistol with him, but even without it, his purpose was clear. In front of him stood a craggy, slightly ...
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'Trigger warnings' and the teaching of nuclear history: some reflections on my teaching experiences.
Recent discussions about 'trigger warnings' in higher education have been all over the place, resulting in a predictable mishmash of reasoned argument, straw men, and pointless tosh. Rather than bo...
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+Neil Smith Similarly, I grew up a couple of miles from the huge oil refinery at Grangemouth, a major non-military nuclear target. As a young lad, I took some relief in that. Especially after seeing Threads aged 10.

In any event, Central Scotland would have been plastered in anything more than a minimal strike. Even the laughable Hard Rock '82 civil defence exercise hard Grangemouth wiped out, and the attack plan for HR82 was ludicrously low-level (you can find investigative journalist Duncan Campbell's original expose of the folly that was HR82 here: http://www.duncancampbell.org/menu/journalism/newstatesman/newstatesman-1982/hard%20rock.pdf). 
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Bomb shelters! CND! Radioactive teeth! Nuking the Carolinas! Banned BBC output! 

All this and more in the potentially unlucky episode 13 of American History Too!

Includes bonus attempt by me to gain pop-culture relevance points. I fail badly as my much younger co-host displays even less awareness of terrible current pop music.
On the thirteenth episode of American History Too! we embark on our very first sequel – picking up where episode six left off in our discussion of Nuclear Fallout. Why did one researcher collect thousands of baby teeth and why are her results quite ter...
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Regarding The War Game, I found it (and a number of other Peter Watkins' films) on DVD at a local independant video store.  I realize that I'm lucky to be living in a town that still has video stores, but it is possible to get Peter Watkins' films (legally) on DVD.
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So, you might have seen that our American History Too! podcast logo is a bit, well, amateurish. Mainly because Mark and I have absolutely no graphic designs skills at all. Nothing. Nada.

Given that the podcast is getting a little more popular, we'd like to have a better logo that doesn't look it was done in a Paintshop Basics For Five Year Olds class. Trouble is – as I noted above – we are rank incompetents in this area.

I know that there are a lot of skilled graphic designers out there. So, I was wondering if anyone would be willing to create a logo for us? I realise that this is isn't as simple as it sounds, and is a big ask considering that our budget amounts to £0.00.

If you'd be willing to help a couple of impoverished, early career academics out, then please do get in touch.
Pulling back the curtain on all the great debates and controversies of American History....
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+Ted Ewen Thanks for the heads up.
+jon hodgson That's very kind, but please don't spend any more than a handful of minutes on it!
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It's episode 9 of American History Too! This time, Mark and I discuss the Second Red Scare, the Lavender Scare, and Joe McCarthy.

Is it even useful to think about this as the era of McCarthyism? Should it really be Hooverism? And why has the persecution of gays and lesbians during this time gone relatively unremarked until recently? We (attempt to) answer all these questions and more!
On episode nine of American History Too! we turn our attention to a period in American history that has become indelibly linked to one man: the Second Red Scare and Senator Joseph McCarthy. But is McCarthy the be all and end all of anti-communism? What inf...
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Putin, Polonium, and media scare quotes: how Metro's ridiculous front page conflates assassinations and nuclear war.
This post was inspired the coincidence of two things, one good, one depressingly bad. Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading Gabrielle Hecht's excellent article 'The Power of Nuclear Things' (the...
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+Matt Machell And how amazingly prescient you were! Anyone might think I'm a bit predictable...
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I'm delighted to say that my first published article has now appeared in the august journal, Cold War History. It's examines a little known nuclear non-proliferation dispute between the UK and US, over Britain's attempts to sell what were seen as "nuclear capable" Jaguar strike aircraft to the recently nuclearised India.

If you're quick (and if you don't have institutional access to CWH), you can download the article for free here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/qdFn3AVCqS7BUx9qSyi9/full
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Ah boo, I was not quick enough. Congratulations though!
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Undergraduate teaching begins again soon, so here's some thoughts on my new course: The United States and the Problem of Nuclear Proliferation, 1945-2015.

And yes, there is a point to the picture of Donald 'Serious Foreign Policy Credentials' Trump.
With debate about the Iranian nuclear deal still raging and everyone and their dog expressing an opinion (no matter how ill-informed, reactionary, or just plain stupid it might be), my new undergra...
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+Søren Staun Biangslev I can't imagine US-Anyone relations in the unlikely event of his gaining power! But, it's not going to happen. I hope.
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This latest episode of American History Too! is without a doubt the most difficult one we've had to do. In discussing the AIDS crisis in 1980s America, you have to recognise that you are talking about events that still directly affect people all around the world.

It's not a subject that Mark or I were particular familiar with, in historical terms. So, reading accounts of the times, engaging with people's experiences of the crisis, and seeing how the era has been assessed was really eye opening, saddening, and at times anger inducing.

So, if we sound slightly reticent at times, it's because we're thinking really hard about not saying the wrong thing.
We return for the fourteenth episode of American History Too! to discuss a horrifying and shameful period in US history:  the outbreak and response to the HIV/AIDS crisis during the 1980s.  Academic impartiality is at a premium as we delve into social ...
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+Meguey Baker Thanks Meg. Mark and I have since been discussing how we need to do a follow up in order to cover more personal stories from those caught up in the crisis, correct some errors of fact and interpretation, and generally talk more about such a vital subject.
+Joe Murphy Cheers. To my mind, we hesitated and stumbled a lot more more this time. But, I'm glad it's been found to be useful.
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On the American History Too! podcast we like to stick to safe, non-controversial topics.

So this week, we cover the JFK assassination. Well, nothing can go wrong with that discussion!

Oh, and it was Oswald. On his own.
On episode eleven of American History Too! we delve into one of the most chilling moments in US history – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.  To aid us in the voyage through fear, conspiracy, and legend we are joined ...
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I somehow missed that you're doing a podcast, Malcolm. I'll have to give it a try.
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The connections between McCarthyism and the anti-vaccination movement. It's probably not quite what you think.
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Some conclusions after a semester of teaching about nuclear issues during the Cold War. TL:DR = some good things (role-play, enthusiasm, engagement), some bad things (layout of course, reading, expectations).
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