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Welcome to Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture. Learn from the past through voices that made history. The podcast brings voices from the past that make history alive through personal accounts, public speeches, and entertainment programs.  Their voices are political leaders, ordinary citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times.  I provide a short introduction to the recording and another at the end to provide historical context.

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May 15, 2017

In this podcast episode, we feature a rebroadcast of a radio speech by Sir Winston Churchill on March 5, 1946. The dramatic timing of the speech was that the Soviet Union was increasing its control of Eastern Europe following World War Two. It was also the first public speech that used the expression, “The Iron Curtain”.

This speech is part two of a two-part series featuring Mr. Churchill speaking about the beginning of war. The last episode featured him speaking of the beginning of World War Two and the crisis for England. This speech, officially named the Sinews of Peace or more often referred to as the Iron Curtain speech, announced that the Cold War had already begun with the aggressions by the Soviet Union in Eastern Europe. Churchill sought to alert leaders in the U.S. and the world that war had resumed in Europe even before the end of World War Two. He called upon the nations to confront the Soviet Union before it expanded its conquests to include more nations in Europe or elsewhere in the world. Unlike in World War Two where little was effectively done to stop the spread of the Nazis early in the war, Churchill called on the world to not wait to confront the Soviets at this early stage of the Cold War.

Separately, I provide follow-up podcast episodes which provide a PDF transcript of this speech and the historical backstory on the Iron Curtain in Europe following World War Two.