Russian Roulette with nukes!

– In Part 2 – ERIK, CHRIS, and high school history teacher, BRETT RICKETTS, discuss the KGB, JFK, Khrushchev, nuclear submarines, Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov, several close calls throughout the Cuban Missile Crisis, and ultimately consider whether or not the Cold War ever really ended…

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)


MUSIC CLIP: “The Final Countdown!” by Europe (1986)

Movie Clips: “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982), “The Princess Bride” (1987), “Dirty Harry” (1971)

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Erik Slader

Erik Slader is an author, podcaster, and full-time nerd. He’s the co-author of the “Epic Fails” book series (The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History, The Age of Exploration: Totally Getting Lost, etc) and the creator of Epik Fails of History, a podcast and blog about the most epic fails… of history. He’s also a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek: A Star Trek Podcast, and an editor / frequent contributor on Podcasters Assemble – where this season they’re counting down to “Godzilla vs Kong”!

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