Cyberwar with Fred Kaplan, and a state news roundup.

We’re All Very Lucky Ronald Reagan Watched WarGames 

We’re All Very Lucky Ronald Reagan Watched WarGames 

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
March 10 2016 7:26 PM


Slate’s Fred Kaplan joins us to share the secret history of U.S. cyberwarfare.

Shall we play a game? WarGames terminal at the Cold War Museum in Virginia.

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Listen to Episode 452 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, Slate’s Fred Kaplan shares the history and stories behind our ongoing cyberwar. He’s the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War. For the Spiel, a collection of news from the states.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.