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  • 2015 Moscow Conference

    Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in Moscow, May 21-23, 2015

  • 2015 New York Conference

    Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in New York, October 23-24, 2015

  • 2016 Cambridge Conference

    Agenda for the Global History of Sport in the Cold War conference in Cambridge, 22-26 September 2016

  • Global History of Sport in the Cold War

    A new collaborative project on the cultural, social and political significance of sport in the Cold War.

  • Robert Edelman on ABC NewsRadio's "The Ticket"

    Panel examines sport, politics and a possible new cold war.

  • Thomas Hunt on ABC NewsRadio's "The Ticket"

    Thomas M. Hunt, author of Drug Games, on The Ticket



  • Tony Shaw & Denise Youngblood

    Episode 01 - The Cinematic Cold War

    Tony Shaw and Denise Youngblood discuss how Cold War tensions played out in American and Soviet films.

  • John Soares

    Episode 02 - John F. Kennedy and Hockey

    The 1963 World Ice Hockey Championships were disastrous for the United States, which was trounced by nearly every other team.

  • Alan McDougall

    Episode 03 - The Stasi's Football Team

    Berliner FC Dynamo was the football team of the East German secret police, the dreaded Stasi.

  • Fabien Archambault

    Episode 04 - Football and Religion in Italy

    In post-war Italy, football became the battleground for an ideological struggle between religion and communism.

  • Erica L. Fraser

    Episode 05 - Real Men Play Hockey

    Erica L. Fraser talks about the role of hockey in Soviet sports culture and why "no coward plays hockey."

  • Thomas M. Hunt

    Episode 06 - Performance Enhancing Drugs

    Thomas M. Hunt, author of Drug Games, explains the history and politics of doping during the Cold War.

  • Todd Cleveland

    Episode 07 - Eusébio

    Mozambique-born Eusébio can be seen as an example of local sporting talent being mined for the benefit of a colonial power.

  • Erik Scott

    Episode 08 - Georgian Football

    Amidst a monolithic Soviet football system, Georgia stood out as a country with a uniquely artistic and agile style

  • Alexander Ananyev

    Episode 09 - Soviet Sport Satire

    The Soviet magazine"Krokodil" poked fun at topical events like the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

  • Lindsay Krasnoff

    Episode 10 - France's "Sport Crisis"

    At the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, France placed an embarrassing 25th place in the medal count, behind many smaller countries

  • Kevin Witherspoon

    Episode 11 - "Marvelous" Mal Whitfield

    Mal Whitfield was a five-time Olympic medalist who spent forty years as a sports coach and goodwill ambassador in Africa.

  • Elliott Gorn

    Episode 12 - Muhammad Ali

    Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam places him at the crossroads of race relations, the Cold War and American politics

  • Toby C. Rider

    Episode 13 - Sport and Statecraft in the U.S.

    The U.S. government tried to project an appealing image of American ideals and culture through the medium of sport.

  • Brenda J. Elsey

    Episode 14 - The Pan American Games

    While the Games successfully promoted friendship among Latin American countries, for the U.S. they were a continuing failure of cultural diplomacy.

  • Annette Timm

    Episode 15 - Katarina Witt

    "The most beautiful face of socialism."

  • Tim Naftali

    Episode 16 - "War Minus the Shooting"

    Sport was a dimension of Cold War competition that in many ways mattered more to the population at large than to political leaders

  • Mike Dennis

    Episode 17 - East German Soft Power

    The East German regime saw sport as a means to demonstrate the superiority of socialism over the capitalist system

  • David McDonald & James G. Hershberg

    Episode 18 - 1972 Summit Series

    Canada and the Soviet Union face-off in a historical eight-game series

  • Jane Brown Grimes

    Episode 19 - "The Girl Who Got Away"

    In 1986 world-famous tennis star Martina Navratilova returned home to Czechoslovakia eleven years after defecting to the United States

  • Mauricio Borrero

    Episode 20 - The Black Spider

    Soviet player Lev Yashin, nicknamed the "Black Spider," was one of the first international football stars

  • John Nauright

    Episode 21 - Sport and Apartheid in South Africa

    The history of sport in South Africa and its entanglement with the politics of Apartheid

  • Andrew D. Morris

    Episode 22 - A Clash of Two "Chinas"

    The People's Republic of China on the mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan both competed for recognition at international sporting events

  • Mikhail Yu. Prozumenshchikov

    Episode 23 – Brezhnev's Dream

    Russia’s leading historian of sport tells the story of Brezhnev’s long-held dream of hosting the Olympics in Moscow.

  • Nick Rutter

    Episode 24 - The World Youth Festival

    The World Youth Festival was organized by the communist bloc in order to impress visitors from nonaligned and western countries.

  • Stefan Huebner

    Episode 25 - Pan-Asian Games

    After peace returned to the Pacific region with the end of WWII, the Asian Games were founded as a symbol of peaceful Asian cooperatio

  • Sylvain Dufraisse

    Episode 26 - Olympic "Professionals"

    The Olympics were intended to showcase amateur athletics, yet the Soviet Union developed a highly "professional" sport system

  • Amanda Shuman

    Episode 27 - Sport in the PRC

    Amanda Shuman explains how sport was promoted within the People's Republic of China and seen as an integral part of socialist politics and education.

  • Simon Creak

    Episode 28 - The Southeast Asian Peninsular Games

    Sport and politics were deeply entwined in Southeast Asia during the Cold War.

  • Pascal Charitas

    Episode 29 - The African Friendship Games

    The Friendship Games were an international competition organized by francophone African countries in the early 1960s.

  • Nate Jones

    Episode 30 - The Football War

    Sport is often referred to as "war minus the shooting," but in one case in 1969 it helped ignite an actual armed conflict.

  • Mark S. Dyreson

    Episode 31 - "Californication" of the Olympics

    California became the center of American commercialization of the Olympics beginning with the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angele

  • David Goldblatt

    Episode 32 - Politics at the Olympics

    David Goldblatt dives deep into the origins, politics, and influence of the modern Olympic Games

  • David Kanin

    Episode 33 - Carter's Olympic Boycott

    Former CIA analyst David Kanin speaks about his experiences at the agency during the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow

  • Michelle Sikes

    Episode 34 - The Forgotten African Olympic Boycott

    In 1976, twenty-five African countries boycotted the Montreal Olympics

  • Jutta Braun

    Episode 35 - Sport in Divided Germany

    The occupation and division of Germany following WWII created huge disruptions in the country's sport culture.

  • Susan Brownell

    Episode 36 - China's Return to the Olympics

    In the 1980s, the People's Republic of China returned to the Olympics after more than a twenty year absence.

  • Oldrich Tuma

    Episode 37 - Emil Zátopek

    Emil Zátopek was one of the greatest long-distance runners of all time and a hero in his homeland of Czechoslovakia

  • Anita Sterea

    Episode 38 - Romania's Perfect 10 Gymnast

    Fourteen-year-old Romanian Nadia Comăneci was the first gymnast ever to be awarded a "Perfect 10"

  • Paul Corthorn

    Episode 39 - Britain and the 1980 Olympics Boycott

    The call for an international boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics created divisions in Britain

  • A. Ross Johnson

    Episode 40 - Cold War Broadcasting

    A. Ross Johnson, former director of Radio Free Europe, discusses sport journalism under the iron curtain.



  • Robert Edelman & Mikhail Prozumenshchikov

    The Soviets Navigate the Olympics: Troubled Waters

    Soviet sports officials dreamed of holding the Olympics in Moscow, but they got no traction with a party leadership that disdained sports



  • Vince Hunt

    Vince Hunt is a journalist and documentary maker who has won many awards for his programs for the BBC