Cold War Chemistry
Today we explore how science was wielded as a weapon over the course of the Cold War.
For decades the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in battle; two superpowers with very different visions of how the world should work. Though both sides possessed nuclear bombs, each had another vital weapon in their arsenals: SCIENCE. On today's show CHF's Haas Postdoctoral Fellow Mat Savelli sits down with Distillations’ founding executive producer Audra Wolfe to discuss how the science-tinged war for hearts and minds was waged. They also discuss her new book Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America. Then we dip into CHF's oral history archives to learn how the life of Intel co-founder Leslie Vadasz was shaped by the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, when students launched a revolt against Soviet rule.
00:00 Opening Credits
01:31 Interview (Part I): Audra Wolfe
05:41 Oral History: Leslie Vadasz
10:36 Interview (Part II): Audra Wolfe
14:34 Closing Credits
Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State of Cold War America was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.
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