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Dangerous History, Made in America

March 24, 2022
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Title: Dangerous History, Made in America

Description: Today we are join by CJ of the Dangerous History Podcast to talk about the 2017 movie American Made starring Tom Cruise. CJ leads us through the really dirty history and background behind this fictionalized account of 80’s drug trafficking in the United States.

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Begin Transcript:
, [00:00:00] this is beyond the big screen podcast with your host, Steve Guerra. Welcome back to beyond the big screen today. I'm very happy to be joined by prof CJ of the dangerous history podcast. We're going to discuss a very interesting bit of history from the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of the movie American made starring Tom cruise released just in 2017.
We will discuss a wide variety of topics from the proxy wars in central America to the drug wars, Iran, Contra, and much more. And so thank you very much for coming on the show today, CJ. Oh, you're very welcome. It's great to talk to you before we get started. Can you just tell us a little bit about yourself and your show?
The dangerous history podcast? Sure. Yeah. Well, I've been. Teaching college history since I [00:01:00] think 2006, and I started back in 2014, a podcast called the dangerous history podcasts, and you can go to dangerous history, and find it all the usual podcast venues, you know, iTunes and so forth. And I've always really been interested in the kind of dark corners of history that.
Neglected by a lot of the typical mainstream coverage of history. It leaves out a lot of what I think is the most interesting stuff. And there there's a lot of, lot of history that's hidden in plain sight and it's easily found in a library or these days online, but just nobody knows it. So I would share those sorts of things with my classes, you know, within the, within the context of like an American history class or whatever.
But ultimately I decided I wanted an outlet where I can really just dig into all that stuff. So my show covers all sorts of different [00:02:00] time periods and topics. And I always try to kind of dig up the things that people just. I don't know. Yeah. That's why I really love your show. It's when you get into those pieces of history where you're like, wow, that really happened.
It gives you a really different perspective on how things went down. Yeah. Yeah. A lot of the things that I cover are things that, you know, to the average person, who's never encountered any of these things might strike them as like bizarre conspiracy theories. And I always say that I don't deal in c

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Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
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