Part 2 - The Russian Mafia Comes to Brooklyn
45 min
In part 2 of our episode on the Russian Mafia coming to Brooklyn, we are joined by journalist Michael Weiss to continue our story of how mostly Jewish refugees from the former Soviet Union set up shop in Brighton Beach and formed the 'Russian Mafia'. We talk about the war for Brighton Beach between Boris Nayfeld and Monya Elson, the arrival of the infamous and feared vor y zakone (allegedly!) Yaponchik, and how Russian gangsters in Brighton Beach bilk the US government out of billions of dollars through healthcare scams.
The Live Drop
The Live Drop
Mark Valley
A Moscow Station Conversation with John Sipher who Shares the Secret to a Good Spy Story
The Live Drop's 50th Episode - John Sipher - CIA & Spycraft Entertainment from ** John retired in 2014 after a 28-year career in the Central Intelligence Agency’s National Clandestine Service. At the time of his retirement, he was a member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service, the leadership team that guides CIA activities globally. John served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, and high-threat environments. He has significant experience working with foreign and domestic partners to solve national security challenges. John also served as a lead instructor in the CIA’s clandestine training school, and was a regular lecturer at the CIA’s leadership development program. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. John is a sought-after foreign policy and intelligence expert. John speaks regularly on foreign policy and intelligence issues. His articles have been published in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Slate, Lawfare, The Cipher Brief and Just Security, among others. He regularly appears on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, MSNBC, BBC and other outlets. *Twitter: **@john_sipher* In this episode John starts off with a discussion of his article  *Murdering Reality: The Spurious Spies of Spy Fiction**,  *and some of the mistakes writers and filmmakers are prone to make.  After a thorough discussion of the history of Soviet intelligence into the rise of Vladimir Putin, John shares some of his experience and perceptions of Russia during his service with CIA.  Unwilling to go quietly into consulting, Sipher reveals why he  decided to take his expertise and storied career into the entertainment business.  The Live Drop Podcast is fortunate to have had John as a guest for such a fun and far ranging discussion.   References to links, and works are below: * *Putin's People  **by Catherine Belton* * *The Gerasimov Doctrine**  by Molly McKew* * *European Values**  *- Prague Think Tank  * *Seventeen Moments of Spring **(1973)* *Episode 50 **** **Twitter  @thelivedrop** **Instagram  @thelivedrop** ** *
56 min
History Impossible
History Impossible
Alexander von Sternberg
Infinitesimal Impossibilities 02: The Mad Madame of New Orleans
History Impossible is back sooner than some may have anticipated for another installment of the Infinitesimal Impossibilities series, this time recorded in the spirit (and in the last hours) of Halloween 2020.   This time, we cover a story that takes place in early 19th century New Orleans. It begins with a fire, or rather perhaps concludes with one. A large mansion whose hosts had been entertaining guests, catches fire from its upstairs kitchen. As people pour into the streets to watch the blaze, they see one of the slaves screaming from an upstairs window before she is engulfed in flames.   When the fire brigade arrives, they demand to enter the premises to put out the remaining flames and check for survivors. The owner of the home, a Madame Delphine LaLaurie, and her husband, Dr. LaLaurie, wave away such suggestions. The fire brigade nevertheless gets their wish and enters the home, searching for survivors. After breaking open a secret door, the horrors they encounter on the other side beggar belief.   Just as they discover the secret room, Dr. and Madame LaLaurie are spirited away in a carriage, never to be seen again.   Who was Madame LaLaurie? Who was her husband, the good doctor? What was found behind the secret door? To where did this couple from the cream of the New Orleans high society crop disappear? Why did people come to believe the rebuilt mansion and its grounds were haunted? How much of the stories spun about the Mad Madame, as she came to be known, are even true? How does Nicolas Cage fit into all this? This will all be answered and more in this next installment of Infinitesimal Impossibilities.   History Impossible has been made possible by the following generous supporters on Patreon and PayPal: * Elias Borota * Matthew Dakus * Kyle Dillon * Gavin Edwards * Peter Hauck * Devin Hreha * Mike Kalnins * Benjamin Lee * Tyler Livingston  * Jose Martinez * Mike Mayleben * Judy McCoid * Kostas Moros * Molly Pan * Jake Petersen * John Pisano * Edmund Plamowski * Brian Pritzl * PJ Rader * Alison Salo * Sam * Emily Schmidt * Steve Uhler * Ricky Worthey
1 hr 18 min
History on Fire
History on Fire
Daniele Bolelli
EPISODE 67 Ripples of History
“If I knew the way, I would take you home.”  From the song Ripple by the Grateful Dead  “The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.” Bertrand Russell  “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” Michael Jordan  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Tao Te Ching  In most fields, we are taught that people in your same profession are your competitors, and you need to do whatever you can to prevent them from rising above you. In podcasting I found the opposite attitude—people helping each other out and doing whatever possible to facilitate things for other podcasters in the same field. In this spirit, today we’ll do something unique: six history podcasters cooperating, with each one tackling a segment, to create a super-episode together. As the host, yours truly will get the ball rolling setting the theme and offering some examples of ‘historical ripples’—events that end up having unforeseen consequences years, or decades, or centuries after they take place. Alexander Rader Von Sternberg (History Impossible) will chat about how a man who died feeling like he had failed to make his mark in history ended up—possibly more than any other—shaping the culture of several Asian civilizations. CJ Killmer (Dangerous History) will tackle the Bacon’s Rebellion and its ramifications. Sebastian Major (Our Fake History) will play with the myth and lasting impact of Homer’s telling of the Trojan War. Sam Davis (Inward Empire) will be discussing the impact of Henry David Thoreau’s essay Civil Disobedience on the Civil Rights Movement about a century later. And Darryl Cooper (Martyrmade) will make a case for the Japanese origin for suicide bombings in the Middle East.
2 hr 55 min
The Dangerous History Podcast
The Dangerous History Podcast
Recorded History Podcast Network
Ep. 0214: A Civil-Religious Civil War?
Is the USA currently in the early stages of sectarian conflict over its civil religion? In this episode of the DHP, CJ rebroadcasts his 2016 Election Special on America's Civil Religion (in order to review the concept of civil religion & its manifestation in the United States); this is followed by new material, reflecting on how CJ's understanding of the American civil religion has changed somewhat since 2016. He then goes on to compare and contrast the current political conflicts in the US to the Protestant Reformation in 16th and 17th century Europe, as well as the pietist-vs-liturgical split in American Christianity in the 19th century, before wrapping up with some humble observations and suggestions for people who are (like CJ) nonbelievers in any civil religion & who want to weather the current conflicts as best they can. Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon, SubscribeStar, or Bitbacker. CJ’s official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is a member of the Recorded History Podcast Network, the Dark Myths Podcast Collective &’s podcast roster. External Links Hardcore History Episode 48: Prophets of Doom Full text of “Civil Religion in America” by Robert Bellah, first published in the journal Daedalus in 1967 "Religion, Morality, and American Politics" by Richard Jensen Classic George Carlin bit on why he doesn’t vote George Carlin on “Stupid Hat Shit” (Hilarious — talks about the fixation of both conventional religion & civil religion with headgear) Bob Dylan, “With God on Our Side” (An excellent, haunting, live recording of one of CJ’s favorite antiwar songs of all time; this song brutally exposes the American Civil Religion) “Election Outcomes Affect Testosterone Levels in Men” according to Scientific American Wikipedia’s summary of the United States Flag Code CJ’s Picks: Amazon Affiliate Links Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War by Harry Stout The Cult of the Presidency, Updated: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power by Gene Healy The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, Revised and Expanded Edition by Norman Cohn The Tailor King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster by Anthony Arthur The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West by Niall Ferguson The War of the World: A New History of the 20th Century (DVD) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2 hr 11 min
Battles of the First World War Podcast
Battles of the First World War Podcast
Mike Cunha
Champagne - Blanc Mont, Pt 2 (featuring Steven Girard)
On October 3rd, 1918, the Doughboys and Marines of the 2nd Division, AEF, hurled themselves against a hitherto impregnable German fortress: Blanc Mont ridge, the key to German defenses in Champagne. Podcast promo! If you’re interested in a daily podcast that gives you a short episode on anything from the history of the US penny to the Tunguska Event of 1908, then you need to head over to Gary Arndt’s “Everything Everywhere” podcast. Everything Everywhere podcast: Also, very excited to announce that I have teamed up with Nicole Chicarelli of The War Project on Instagram and Cullen Burke of the Cauldron Podcast (A History of the World Battle by Battle) to launch a new podcast project called “Fix Bayonets! First World War Podcast.” The story of WW1, from three view: strategic, tactical, and most importantly...human. Fix Bayonets! First World War Podcast: The BFWWP is on Patreon: Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me through the website, Follow us on Twitter at @WW1podcast, the Battles of the First World War Podcast page on FaceBook, and on Instagram at @WW1battlecast. Not into social media? Email me directly at Please consider reviewing the Battles of the First World War Podcast on iTunes.
37 min
Plastic Model Mojo
Plastic Model Mojo
A Scale Modeling Podcast
Plastic Model Mojo Episode 25: Turns Out, The Hobby's Not Dead After All
*Support the show* ( Mike and Dave scrap the bonus episode idea and tackle the feedback to "Death of the Hobby" as the special segment for Episode 25.  The "Death of the Hobby" episode generated a large amount of listener feedback.  Mike and Dave parse through it, discussing why so many always feel the hobby is on the way out, and why it actually is not! *Mail Bag!* Join the Mail Bag my emailing the show at or sending us a message via Facebook Messenger system from the Plastic Model Mojo Facebook page.  If you do, please tell us where you are from.  We like to know! *Countdown to Vegas: **2021 IPMS USA National Convention Web Site** **2021 IPMS USA National Convention Trophy Sponsorships** Fav's and Yawn's: Shout-Out Links: More Podcast Goodness to get you through the week! *Finally, please have a listen and subscribe to our fellow podcasts in the scale model space. We all have our own take on the hobby and enjoy cooperating with each other for our mutual success.  Collectively, we are bringing you about 12 hours of content a month. *On the Bench* Web: Facebook: *Scale Model Podcast* Web: Facebook: *Plastic Posse Podcast* Web: Plastic Posse Podcast Facebook: Support the show (
1 hr 31 min
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