Season: 1
Year: 2011


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: In the Shadow of Fear

16 November 2011
The victory of WWII may have been an achievement between, among others, the Americans, run by their democratically elected government, and the Soviets, run by the Communists. It, however, marked the beginning of a global power struggle between the two factions, which would be better known as the Cold War. Because the Americans had the ultimate weapon of annihilation in the nuclear bomb, that power struggle was largely through public relation campaigns, in among other propaganda battlegrounds as the Italian election following the war, in Berlin as Stalin and the Soviets tried to seize it in its entirety, and more formally in war on the Korean peninsula. Official and unofficial propaganda campaigns also happened on the home front. In the US, much of it was through network television, whose shows depicted American family life as perfect. But the global situation brought about strong anti-Communist sentiments, which allowed the McCarthy Communist witch hunts to occur. On the Soviet side, Stalin did whatever he needed, including falsely accusing, imprisoning and murdering people, in order to show he was in control. Much of his propaganda campaign was in order to raise money for nuclear bomb research at the expense of the Soviet peoples. But Stalin's death and the fact of the Soviets developing a nuclear bomb would change the face of the Cold War.

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself - Host
David Welch ... Himself - Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War, University of Kent
Andreï Kozovoï ... Himself - Historian, Charles De Gaulle University
Fabrice d'Almeida ... Himself - Historian, The Sorbonne University Paris
Simona Colaziri ... Herself - Historian, University of Rome
Laura A. Belmonte ... Herself - Historian, Oklahoma State University

Dan Beirne ... (voice) (as Daniel Beirne)

Paulino Nunes ... (voice)
Eli Ham ... Gail Halvorsen (voice)
Toni Ellwand ... (voice)

Patrick Garrow ... (voice)
Stefen Hayes ... (voice)

Veronika Hadrava ... (voice)
Michelle Monteith ... (voice)
Lauren Chapin ... Kathy Anderson in 'Father Knows Best' (archive footage)

Elinor Donahue ... Betty Anderson (archive footage)

Melvyn Douglas ... Leon (archive footage)

Clark Gable ... Rhett Butler in 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)

Greta Garbo ... Ninotchka in 'Ninotchka' (archive footage)
Mikheil Gelovani ... Josef Stalin in 'Padeniye Berlina' (archive footage)
Billy Gray ... Bud Anderson in 'Father Knows Best' (archive footage)
Gail Halvorsen ... Himself - American Pilot (archive footage)

Vivien Leigh ... Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind' (archive footage)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself - US Senator (archive footage)
Pope Pius XII ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself - Soviet Premier (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - US President (archive footage)

Jane Wyatt ... Margaret Anderson in 'Father Knows Best' (archive footage)

Robert Young ... Jim Anderson in 'Father Knows Best' (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 2: Turning Up the Heat

23 November 2011
In the mid 1950s, much of the direct battle between the US and the Soviet Union was not through contact, but non-contact, namely not allowing anything that represented the other to enter the country. As such, the Soviet regime banned something they thought was uniquely American: jazz music. But the new Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, wanted to show the world that his country was not as repressive as many in the west believed. So he hosted the World Youth Festival in Moscow in 1957, inviting youth from around the world to have a basically western styled party. This opened the floodgates of Soviet youth being exposed to western trappings, including jazz music, which he could not suppress in its entirety following. Over the subsequent few years, this would lead to greater contact between the Soviet and US political leaders - much of it through sanctioned nationalistic trade shows - culminating in a propaganda war over of all things the washing machine. Another battleground was the space race, which was seen as synonymous to the arms race. On earth, two emerging areas were also becoming battlegrounds. One was Africa, where a plethora of newly independent countries were looking for financial support and guidance from the two superpowers. The other was Latin America, first specifically in Guatemala, where the United Fruit Company, an American company controlling commercial trade in Guatemala through the export of bananas, launched a Madison Avenue developed publicity campaign to show its newly elected government as being Communist, even though its policies were not Communist but rather anti-United Fruit. Although this campaign would succeed, it would lead to two anti-Imperialist revolutionaries, 'Ernesto 'Che' Guevara' and Fidel Castro, being able to seize control of the government in Cuba. Castro was not Communist but Nationalist, which many Americans believe to be one in the same. Because of the deterioration of relations between Castro and the US, Castro turned to the Soviet Union for support, when Cuba truly became a Communist country. This battleground contained perhaps the tensest days of the Cold War, most specifically the Cuban Missile Crisis. And a traditional battleground re-emerged when the Soviet regime restricted travel between east and west with the sudden and surprise erection of the Berlin Wall.

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself - Host
Maxim Matusevich ... Himself - Professor of World History, Seaton Hall University
Kenneth Osgood ... Himself - Author of 'Total Cold War'
Steve Bittner ... Himself - Professor of Russian / Soviet History, California State University
Nick Rutter ... Himself - Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University
David Welch ... Himself - Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War, University of Kent
Luis Van Isschot ... Himself - Post-Doctoral Studies, City University of New York
Margaret Peacock ... Herself - History Professor, University of Alabama
George White ... Himself - Professor of US Foreign Policy to Africa, City University of New York

Bayo Akinfemi ... (voice)

Carlos Diaz ... (voice)
Michael Kanev ... (voice)
Daniel Matmor ... (voice)
Michael Rhoades ... (voice)
Martin Roach ... (voice)
Marni Van Dyk ... (voice)

Louis Armstrong ... Himself - Jazz Musician (archive footage)

Fidel Castro ... Himself - Cuban Prime Minister (archive footage)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - US President (archive footage)

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara ... Himself - Revolutionary (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself - Soviet Premier (archive footage)
Maria Mininson ... Herself - Bomb Shelter Honeymooner (archive footage)
Melvin Mininson ... Himself - Bomb Shelter Honeymooner (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - US Vice President (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - Actor (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 3: Cracks in the Wall

30 November 2011
In the 1960's, the baby boomers, just reaching adulthood, increasingly factor into the propaganda battle of the Cold War. Although physical barriers, most notably the Berlin Wall, keep each side isolated from the other, they can't stop such items such as American and British rock music from crossing over, as hard as the Communists try forging their own brand of pop rock music with political messaging. In the space race, the Soviets clearly are winning the battle, with both sides trying to do whatever in space first, until President Kennedy makes a bold move which may ultimately put the west ahead if he and the Americans can achieve his proclamation. On the ground, both sides take a major hit internally with their propaganda machines, the US with the release of photos from one of their own about a massacre of civilians in Vietnam, and the Soviet Union with their actions to the Prague Spring and what the young activists in Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union do in response. In the 1970's, much of the battle returns to the realm of the cultural - most specifically sports - with the Olympics, and the Canada-Russia summit series being two such examples. But the most dramatic of these sporting battles may be the Fischer/Spassky world championship chess competition.

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself - Host
Uta Poiger ... Herself - History Professor, University of Washington Seattle
Alan McDougall ... Himself - Associate Professor of History, University of Guelph
David Welch ... Himself - Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War, University of Kent
Kenneth Osgood ... Himself - Author of 'Total Cold War'
Larissa Zakharova ... Herself - Professor of Russian History, School for Studies in the Social Sciences
Margaret Peacock ... Herself - History Professor, University of Alabama
Maxim Matusevich ... Himself - Professor of World History, Seaton Hall University
Andreï Kozovoï ... Himself - Historian, Charles De Gaulle University
Anna Hajkova ... Herself - Ph.D. Candidate, University of Toronto
Ann Komaroni ... Herself - Comparative Literature Professor, University of Toronto
Irena Angeloutsa ... (voice)
Kresimir Bosiljevac ... (voice)

Paul Braunstein ... (voice)
Richard A. Campbell ... (voice)

Caleb Cosman ... (voice)
Lisa Hamalainen ... (voice)

Claudia Jurt ... (voice)
Dmitry Kazak ... (voice) (as Smitry Kazak)

Ieva Lucs ... (voice) (as Leva Lucs)
Lucas Penar ... (voice)

Paul Sun-Hyung Lee ... (voice)
Aron Tager ... (voice)

Vlada Verevko ... (voice)
David Brinkley ... Himself - US News Anchor (archive footage)

Bobby Fischer ... Himself - Chess Player (archive footage)
Yuri Gagarin ... Himself - Soviet Cosmonaut (archive footage)

John Glenn ... Himself - US Astronaut (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself - Soviet Premier (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Harry Reasoner ... Himself - US News Anchor (archive footage)

The Rolling Stones ... Themselves - Rock Band (archive footage)
Frank Schöbel ... Himself - East German Pop Musician (archive footage)
Boris Spassky ... Himself - Chess Player (archive footage)

Mark Spitz ... Himself - Swimmer (archive footage)
Valentina Tereshkova ... Herself - Russian Cosmonaut (archive footage)

Mike Wallace ... Himself - Television News Reporter (archive sound)

Season 1, Episode 4: War of Words

6 December 2011
In the 1980s, three people dominated the propaganda agenda in the Cold War. The first is US President Ronald Reagan, a staunch anti-Communist who would do anything to denounce it while putting the US in a positive light. He wanted to look tough, especially through a military build-up since he believed the Soviets far out-muscled the Americans militarily. But his propaganda changed as world issues around him changed, most specifically Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov inviting Maine schoolgirl Samantha Smith to the Soviet Union for a goodwill visit, and the Soviet military shooting down a commercial jet in Soviet airspace. The second is Polish national Pope John Paul II. His succession to Pope was at a tenuous time in Poland. But his anti-Communist stance allowed Lech Walesa and Solidarity to rise in Poland. However, the Communists would not go down in Poland without a fight, which was led by General Wojciech Jaruzelski. And the third is Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. Despite being a Communist, his growing up period during Stalin's reign shaped his view that Communism should be transparent, which was dubbed glasnost. Although Gorbachev was viewed with great esteem worldwide, he was viewed less so by the Soviet peoples who saw that the propaganda did not match their reality.

George Stroumboulopoulos ... Himself - Host
Kenneth Osgood ... Himself - Author of 'Total Cold War'
Svetlana Savranskaya ... Herself - Director of Russia Programs, George Washington University
David Welch ... Himself - Director of the Centre for the Study of Propaganda and War, University of Kent
Magdalena Dembinska ... Herself - Political Science Professor, University of Montréal
David Marples ... Himself - Professor of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta
Victoria Adilman ... (voice)
Dalal Badr ... (voice)
Kresimir Bosiljevac ... (voice)
Julia Debowska ... (voice)

Joe Delfin ... (voice) (as Joe Delfin)

Rayisa Kondracki ... (voice)
Shae Norris ... (voice)

Paulino Nunes ... (voice)

George Bush ... Himself - US Vice President (archive footage)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself - Soviet Premier (archive footage)
Wojciech Jaruzelski ... Himself - Polish Military Leader (archive footage)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
Arthur Smith ... Himself - Samantha Smith's Father (archive footage)
Jane Smith ... Herself - Samantha Smith's Mother (archive footage)
Samantha Smith ... Herself - Andropov Letter Writer (archive footage)
Televizor ... Themselves - Soviet Rock Band (archive footage)
Valentina Tereshkova ... Herself - Russian Cosmonaut (archive footage)

Lech Walesa ... Himself - Solidarity Leader (archive footage)

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