The Salang Tunnel Disaster of 1982 | Episode 30
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Do you like mountain roads, claustrophia and not breathing well? Have we got a road trip for you. We’re visiting Afghanistan, but we’re not visiting for the breathtaking beauty - we’re visiting for the unrelenting brutality. 

On this episode, you’re going to hear about just about every bad thing that can happen behind the wheel. You’re not going to hear a lot of impact injuries, but there will be fire and people will suffocate as many ways as they can.

This is a bit of a special episode personally, in that we are revisiting the Soviet Union’s disastrous invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. And now, forty years later, Russia has invaded Ukraine. In 1940, my father’s family was forced from his ancestral farmland in Ukraine by Russians. If not for that, this podcast might have been recorded in Ukrainian. I stand with the people of Ukraine, but I also stand with the people of Russia who recognize this invasion for what it is.

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