“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” – Elbert Hubbard

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 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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