Episode 38: The Post

Episode 38: The Post. This week we examine the 2017 movie covering the events surrounding the publication of a secret US report on the Vietnam War, first by the New York Times and then, the focus of this movie, the Washington Post. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Meryl Streep as Katherine Graham, owner and publisher of The Post ably supported by Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the Post’s Executive Editor. With the current political climate in the US with a belligerent President attacking many of the established news media outlets, it is a timely reminder of the last time a President tried to muzzle the newshounds.

Pentagon Papers (National Archive):



Fog of War movie:



Fog of War book:



Ben Bagdikian, The New Media Monopoly book


Episode 37: Schindler’s List

Episode 37: Schindler’s List. Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Liam Neeson in the title role supported by Ben Kingsley as Itzak Stern and Ralph Fiennes as SS Officer Amon Goeth, this film redefined the arch-entertainer Spielberg as a director capable of great power, depth and sincerity. Hard hitting performances drive a story of salvation amongst unimaginable tragedy, cruelty and genocide. Considering the impact that this movie had on nearly everyone who has seen it, we were uneasy about examining its historical accuracy but as that is the whole basis of this podcast we do the best that we can. We hope that you listen and get something positive from the episode. Thank you.

Schindler’s List (or Ark)



Searching for Schindler


Searching for Schindler Audiobook link (highly recommended):



The Inheritance (Monika Hertwigg and Helen Jonas)



Two and a half hours with Poldek Pfefferberg:


Episode 7: Bridge of Spies

In Episode 7 we examine 2015’s Cold war drama Bridge of Spies, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks

Below is the link to the US Supreme Court’s record of the US vs Abel. The whole document is quite a daunting read but if you skip to page 362 US 242 you will begin with Justice Douglas’ dissenting statement (dissenting from the verdict) followed by Justice Brennan’s and Justice Black’s and they are well worth a read.


The two books used are Strangers on a Bridge by James B Donovan and Bridge of Spies by Giles Whittell