A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

August 19, 2021

Botched Coups and Failed Assassinations: The Bay of Pigs

You can’t win them all.

In 1961, America experienced the sting of its first truly humiliating public defeat, a debacle that played out in real time on the international stage. The bungled and bloody Bay of Pigs Invasion would mark the first major misstep of the Kennedy administration, and as “Operation Zapata” began to unravel in Cuba, the resulting scandal would undermine America’s carefully crafted image as a shining beacon of virtue.

In this episode:  

  • Fulgencio Batista
  • 1933 Sergeants uprising
  • Mafia’s Playground
  • Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz
  • Che Guevara
  • The Movement
  • The Moncada Army Barracks
  • 26 of July movement
  • Granma Yacht 
  • Brain Drain
  • Dwight D Eisenhower
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Operation Pluto
  • Phases One, Two, and Three
  • Operation Zapata
  • Sonic Booms
  • Brigade 2506
  • Carlos Rafael Santana Estevez
  • The Attack 
  • Mad Dog Flight
  • FAR T-33s
  • The Aftermath
  • Tractors 
  • Operation Mongoose
  • Poison Cigar
  • Exploding Mollusk
  • The Fountain Pen
  • Scuba Suit
  • Poison Pills
  • LSD Spray
  • Thallium Salts


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