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Blowback

A podcast about the American Empire.

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A podcast about the American Empire.

S2 Episode 4 - "Secret Honor"

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JFK outmuscles Richard Nixon on Cuba and into the White House. The CIA begins training Cuban exiles in Central America for an invasion. And Fidel pays a visit to Harlem.

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Jul 26 2021

1hr 15mins

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S2 Episode 3 - "New Normal"

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The Cuban Revolution takes power and the counter-revolution begins. The U.S. government, organized crime, and Cuban exiles carry out a campaign of terrorism, assassination, sabotage and psy-ops to turn back the clock.

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Jul 19 2021

1hr 16mins

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S2 Episode 2 - "Lo Hicimos"

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A long short history of Cuba’s relationship with the United States, climaxing with the Cuban revolutionaries’ war to liberate the island from the dictator Batista and his backers in the United States.

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Jul 12 2021

1hr 20mins

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S2 Episode 1 - "The Jupiter Menace"

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Welcome back. Brendan and Noah reveal this season’s subject, explore the USA’s unrelenting Cuba mania, and introduce the cast of characters.

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Apr 19 2021

46mins

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Coming Soon: Blowback Season 2

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New episodes drop on April 19.

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Apr 12 2021

1min

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S1 Episode 10 - "The Iraq War Did Not Take Place"

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Invading Iraq means never having to say you’re sorry. The end of Bush, the broken promise of Obama, and the rise of ISIS and Donald Trump.

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Aug 17 2020

1hr 5mins

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S1 Episode 9 - "How Do You Fuck That Up?"

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The empire strikes back. As Iraq deteriorates into civil war, the Bush administration taps a new man to lead a new American strategy. Which means saying goodbye to an old friend.

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Aug 10 2020

1hr 2mins

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S1 Episode 8 - "Electioneering"

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The American public votes to give Bush another term, right before a big dose of buyers’ remorse. In Iraq, the new "democracy" struggles to get elections off the ground as the situation careens toward civil war.

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Aug 03 2020

59mins

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S1 Episode 7 - "#Resistance"

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Somehow not expecting it, the Americans now face an insurgency problem, as both Sunni and Shi'a militants emerge to kick us out. War crimes and atrocities in Fallujah, Sadr City and Abu Ghraib fuel the flames of anti-American resistance.

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Jul 27 2020

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S1 Episode 6 - "Year Zero"

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Welcome to the Green Zone, where America rules from Saddam’s old palace. The US occupation begins the destruction of Iraq, Rudy Giuliani almost becomes Viceroy, and Halliburton hunts and kills baby kittens.

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Jul 20 2020

1hr 3mins

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S1 Bonus 5 - "Shock Corridor feat. Naomi Klein"

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Author Naomi Klein joins us to discuss the American exploitation-fest in Iraq, her own experience coming up during the Bush years, the rehabilitation of the Bush administration, and its continuities with the Trump gang.

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Jul 13 2020

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S1 Episode 5 - "Dead Links feat. Will Menaker"

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The media episode, breaking down some of the journalistic fuck-ups and pundit idiocy that steered us toward war in Iraq. Featuring special guest Will Menaker.

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Jul 13 2020

1hr 1min

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S1 Bonus 4 - "Iraqi Horror Picture Show feat. Matt Christman"

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Brendan and Noah survey the underwhelming landscape of Iraq War cinema with special guest Matt Christman. They dissect both Hollywood's hits and flops — neither of which were very good — and recommend very few flicks worth watching.

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Jul 06 2020

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S1 Episode 4 - "Mars Attacks"

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America sends Colin Powell, Good Cop, to the UN for one last PR stunt before we invade Iraq. The portal to Gozer the Destructor is opened and the war begins.

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Jul 06 2020

59mins

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S1 Episode 3 - "Curveball"

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September 11th gives America the perfect excuse to finish our hit job on Iraq. We put together the Bush administration's case for war — WMD and al-Qaeda — and take it apart piece by piece.

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Jun 29 2020

1hr 1min

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S1 Episode 2 - "American Psycho"

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Before George W. Bush, there was Daddy Bush and Bill Clinton, who killed thousands of Iraqis and pushed the country to the brink of famine. The Gulf War, brutal sanctions, and the End of History.

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Jun 22 2020

1hr 1min

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S1 Episode 1 - "Rosebud"

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We trace the origins of America’s perverse relationship with Iraq, from the Cold War to the Iran-Iraq War in the 80s. Assassinations, coups, counter-coups, and the rise of Saddam.

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Jun 15 2020

58mins

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S1 Bonus 1 - "Our Man In Baghdad feat. Dahr Jamail"

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In this first bonus episode, Noah talks to author and journalist Dahr Jamail, one of the few journalists who covered the occupation of Iraq, on the ground, without being embedded with the US military or its allies. Dahr is the author of “Beyond the Green Zone,” “The Will To Resist,” and “The Mass Destruction of Iraq.”

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Jun 15 2020

56mins

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S1 Episode 0 - "Iraqnophobia" feat. H. Jon Benjamin & James Adomian

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Brendan and Noah drag the Iraq War out of America’s memory hole to see how it shaped our hellworld today. Meet the rogues’ gallery of George W. Bush’s administration and Saddam Hussein’s family. Featuring special guests James Adomian and H. Jon Benjamin.

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Mar 17 2020

36mins

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New Podcast Coming Soon: Blowback

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The Iraq War did not take place.

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Mar 09 2020

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By eddie1922 - Apr 10 2020
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When is the first so coming?

Love it!!

By Armand451 - Mar 22 2020
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Fantastic podcast and cannot wait to hear more. 👍