New for 2022! This year HCSS launched a brand new podcast recommendation list, so this winter we are introducing Sleigh ride Soudbites. From world history to the CIA to scientific developments, these podcasts provide the perfect listening accompaniments to cosy nights and chilly winter walks.
Strategic Advisor Military Space and Unmanned Systems Patrick Bolder recommends “Wind of Change” from Crooked Media.
The Scorpions ballad ‘Winds of Change’ from 1990 is believed to further accelerate the fall of the Soviet Union, according to the rumor heard by journalist Patrick Radden Keefe. Allegedly the song was not written by the Scorpions, but by the CIA. Keefe investigates aspects of this rumor, which leads to an entertaining podcast, good for a few hours of entertainment!
PR and Communications Assistant Alessandra Barrow recommends “The Rest Is History”.
Whilst there are a lot of history podcast’s out there this one has become one of my comfort listens. British historian’s Dominic Sandbrook and Tom Holland discuss random episodes and individuals from the past, muse about histories more philosophical questions and generally chat about what did and what is going on in the world. What I enjoy most about this podcast is its friendly presentation and global-ish orientation.
Strategic Analyst Laura Jasper recommends “544 days” with journalist Jason Rezaian.
In 2014 Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian (American-Iranian) was detained for 544 days in the notorious Evin prison after getting accused of being an American spy, and his wife (Iranian reporter for Bloomberg) his accomplice. The US and Iran were at the time conducting nuclear negotiations. Rezaian quickly became a bargaining chip for the Iran nuclear deal. He also wrote a book about his story.
Strategic Analyst Jack Thompson recommends “Great Leap Years” from Stephen Fry.
Stephen Fry takes us through some of the great inventions that changed our world. In this time of continuous technological change, it remains important to realize that this Era of Scientific Advances has been going on for a while. And Fry’s English is magnificent.
Assistant Analyst Ella MacLaughlin recommends “Blowback”.
A riveting podcast about the recent history of American foreign policy in Iraq (Season 1), Cuba (Season 2), and Korea (Season 3).