After a critically-acclaimed retelling of the Iraq War, season two of Blowback presents the unlikely story of the Cuban Revolution: America’s Cold War crusade brings the world to a nuclear-tipped showdown between the Kennedy brothers, Fidel Castro, the Soviet Union, the CIA, and the Mafia. Co-hosted by Brendan James and Noah Kulwin, season two is a 10-part account of how the United States tried and failed to thwart the creation of a socialist government less than a hundred miles to its south.

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Season two includes 10 bonus episodes, featuring exclusive interviews, extras, and side-quests. Season one, about the Iraq War, remains available wherever you get your podcasts.

Praise for season one of Blowback:

“A gripping, thorough account” - Gizmodo

“Painstaking detail” - AV Club

“Filled with meticulous consideration” - IndieWire

“It should be required listening” - Uproxx

“A necessary resource” - Jacobin

“A rich history” - Podcast Review

Technically not true crime” - Newsweek

“Meticulously researched and assembled” - O, The Oprah Magazine

Co-host, producer, and editor Brendan James is a writer, musician, and former producer of the hit podcast Chapo Trap House.

Co-host Noah Kulwin is a reporter and editor who has written for The New York TimesNew York, The DriftThe Outline, Jewish Currents, VICE News, and elsewhere.
Our theme song is “World Destruction” by Time Zone.

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