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Marcus Jones talks to Tommy Harper about his complaint against the Boston Red Sox
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07/02/1986
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Russell Dougherty rose through the U.S. Air Force to become chief of staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), and later commander of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). In this interview, he discusses strategic issues. A recurring topic is the use of bomber forces, including the benefits of bombers over missiles and his reaction to the decision to phase down bomber use. Another prominent subject is the concept of counter-force, a perennial component of Air Force doctrine. Gen... more
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07/02/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Education of Robert McNamara, The
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Theodore Sorenson was Special Counsel, adviser and speechwriter to President Kennedy. In this brief second interview he describes the various courses of action proposed during the Berlin Crisis of 1961. He explains Kennedy's situation having returned from the Vienna Summit with Khrushchev and worrying that the Soviets might actually close off allied access to West Berlin... more
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03/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / At the Brink
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Aleksandr Alekseev was the Soviet ambassador to Cuba from 1962-1968. In the interview he describes Cuba during the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959), and how taken he was by the revolutionary spirit and the overwhelming support for Fidel Castro. He explains his role in Cuba at the time, not as an ambassador, but as an observer, and details meetings he had about the revolution with Castro and Che Guevara, as well as Ernest Hemingway... more
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04/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Carter's New World
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Roswell Gilpatric was the Deputy Secretary of Defense 1961-1964. In this interview, he recalls the Hot Springs, or Missile Gap, speech he delivered in Europe on October 21, 1961, a speech with two purposes: to convince the Soviet Union that the United States was ready to take on the threat in Berlin, and to persuade its NATO allies to accept the flexible response doctrine... more
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03/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / At the Brink
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Roswell Gilpatric was the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1961-1964. In the interview he discusses the changes made in the Defense Department under the Kennedy administration. He explains that prior to the Kennedy era the missile gap was based on estimates of the Soviet Union’s goals and plans, rather than on their actual military capabilities. He also describes the changes in defense planning procedures under Secretary of Defense McNamara. Secretary McNamara, along with Mr... more
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03/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Dawn
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Kenneth Nichols served as Director of U.S. Army Research and Development, worked on the Manhattan Project and was the Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. One of his principal roles was to help with development of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system. In discussing the concept, he concedes that it may never be perfect but that even at 60-80% effectiveness it would be an important factor for the Soviets to consider... more
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07/01/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / At the Brink
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Theodore Sorenson was Special Counsel, adviser and speechwriter to President Kennedy. In this first interview he describes the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. He explains that nature of the EXCOMM meetings and recalls debates over whether to proceed with an air strike or a blockade. He also notes President Kennedy's concern with retaining control over the military during the crisis, and the President's evolving views of the U.S. military... more
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03/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Europe Goes Nuclear
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Valentin Falin was an influential career Soviet diplomat, and later journalist, who specialized in European and particularly German affairs for most of the Cold War. In this interview, he recalls the onset of the Cold War whose roots, he believes, are to be found in World War II itself. He cites the Soviets' concerns about threatening views they believed were held by influential figures in the U.S... more
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04/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Weapon of Choice, The
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Herbert York was a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, was Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1952-1958, and served as a member of President's Science Advisory Committee from 1957-1968. He begins by describing the political atmosphere surrounding the creation of the laboratory, and certain early developments such as tactical nuclear weapons... more
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03/07/1986
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age / Bigger Bang for the Buck, A