Sport in the Cold War
About This Show
A sport history podcast exploring the Cold War-era of superpower politics and intense international competition.
Hosted by Vince Hunt, Sport in the Cold War features insightful discussions with expert historians.
Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and directed by Professor Robert Edelman (UC San Diego), Professor Christopher Young (University of Cambridge), and Dr. Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center, Cold War International History Project).
Most Recent Episode
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. A contentious World Cup qualifier between Honduras and El Salvador combined with political tensions to spark the so-called "Football War." Nate Jones (author of Able Archer 83) tells the story of the Football War and his work obtaining documents through the Freedom of Information Act at the National Security Archive. Episode notes: http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/resource/sport-in-the-cold-war/episode-30-the-football-war