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The Cold War

The CIA Would Use 'Love Dolls' As Decoys In The 1970s

September 6, 2019

In the thick of the Cold War, America's Central Intelligence Agency conscripted unfeeling, pneumatic specialists to foil the enemy: inflatable plastic or rubber l...

Gunter Schabowski: How One Man's Mistake Brought Down T...

September 4, 2019

Left: Gunter Schabowski at a press conference on November 9. 1989. Right: Citizens demolishing the Berli Wall. Sources: DPA/AFP/Getty Images; theimaginativecons...

The Fisher Protocol: Nutty Plan To Hide Launch Codes In...

July 29, 2019

Left: All hell breaks loose when the computer in 'Wargames' figures out the nuclear launch code. Right: Is this a valid deterrent? Sources: YouTube; Lepro/Getty...

Bobby Fischer, Cold War Chess Hero: His Rise And Eccent...

June 28, 2019

Left: Bobby Fischer in an undated photo. Right: Fischer poses for a portrait in the photographer's home in 1971 in New York City, New York. Credits: IMDB; David...

Dr. Strangelove Or: How Stanley Kubrick Invented Black ...

June 11, 2019

Stanley Kubrick's 1964 nuclear-war farce Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb has been called the first black comedy in film ...

1960s Fallout Shelters: Cramped Quarters For Nuclear Fa...

July 19, 2018

Left: The National Museum of American History's recreation of the interior of a fallout shelter. Right: Model Mary Lou Minor demonstrates a $1250 backyard unit ...

Public School Air Raid Drills: Do You Remember?

December 3, 2017

Students at a Brooklyn middle school have a 'duck and cover' practice drill in preparation for a nuclear attack; silver print, 1962. From the New York World-Telegram archi...

The Race to The Moon: Did America Really Win?

November 29, 2016

Some people say competition brings out the best between people, but can it be also said for countries? Right after the madness of World War II the United States and the Sovie...