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FTR #37 Roots of the Cold War

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The key events that pre­cip­i­tat­ed the Cold War were well under way dur­ing the clos­ing stages of the Sec­ond World War. This pro­gram doc­u­ments ear­ly attempts to sab­o­tage the fledg­ling U.N.‘s efforts at ensur­ing world peace. These attempts were under­tak­en, not by the Sovi­et Union, but by those pow­er­ful cor­po­rate inter­ests that had pro­vid­ed piv­otal assis­tance to Hitler and Mus­soli­ni. Arti­cles by inves­tiga­tive reporter Drew Pear­son report­ing these sab­o­tage attempts (filed from San Fran­cis­co in the spring of 1945) were active­ly sup­pressed by main­stream media. Not sur­pris­ing­ly, these media were owned by the same indi­vid­u­als and cor­po­ra­tions that had sup­port­ed fas­cism and that were attempt­ing to foment the Cold War. The Pear­son arti­cles were reprint­ed by the late George Seldes and are read from his work. (Record­ed in the late sum­mer of 1995.)