E20 – THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS: Cold War on Defrost (Part 1 of 2)

An episode 13 months in the making! (First recorded in 2019)

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

– In Part 1 of our coverage of the Cuban Missile Crisis, ERIK and CHRIS spoke with high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, about the Cold War, Hiroshima, Soviet Russia, Castro, and the (*failed*) “Bay of Pigs” invasion of 1961 – which would ultimately set the stage for a political crisis that would soon bring the world to the brink of nuclear war!

Will Khrushchev call JFK’s bluff? Will the human species survive? Will the podcasters stay on topic? Find out only on Epik Fails of History!


Nuclear Explosion Footage Montage

Nuclear Bomb Time Lapse Video

Nuclear Warheads Around the World (Updated)

Duck and Cover – “Bert the Turtle” Nuclear War Infomercial (1951)


MUSIC CLIP: “2 Minutes Till Midnight!” by Iron Maiden (1984)

Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the co-author of the Epic Fails middle grade book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff. His latest book, “2299” is a sci-fi / noir novella. Erik is also an editor on Podcasters Assemble and a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek, as well as a contributor to Geek to Geek Media and ComicZombie.net! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee as well as retro video games, and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.

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