Feb 8, 2020
Vince Houghton is the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. He is also the host and creative director of the Museum’s podcast, SpyCast. His new book is Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board.
Houghton explains how the Cold War spawned fantastical science fiction-like weapons programs and plans by the United States government and the Pentagon such as atomic bomb-powered spacecraft, nuking the moon, psychic soldiers with the powers of telekinesis and mind control, and cyborg cats and other animals. Houghton also shares his thoughts on Russia’s new “wonder weapons” such as doomsday submarine drones and hypersonic nuclear-powered cruise missiles.
And it appears that Donald Trump was not so crazy in his suggestion about using nuclear weapons to deflect or perhaps even neutralize hurricanes.
Chauncey DeVega reflects on another crazy week in TrumpWorld which saw the Republicans declare Trump a king in the Senate, and his deranged State of the Union Speech which was an amazing and great television spectacle. Chauncey also shares some new public opinion and other data which shows, again, that Donald Trump will likely win again in 2020 and that the Democratic Party and its supporters are profoundly horrible at politics and winning.
And Chauncey shares a story about his perilous, harrowing, horrible recent trip on the city bus and how it symbolizes America’s broken and sick society in the Age of Trump.
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