Episode 31 – Gang of Weirdos: The Roots of CIA Covert Operations

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World War II is over, the Cold War is just beginning, and the United States is set on winning hearts and minds – and foreign elections – by any means necessary. On episode 31 of American History Too! we travel back to the mid-1940s and tell the story behind the creation of the CIA’s covert operations programme. From tales of Jesus to a disaster in Bogota, the programme’s birth was an interesting one to say the least.
Thanks again for listening and we’ll be back next month to discuss the experience of American and British soldiers during World War II.  
Mark and Malcolm 

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