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Remembering Radio Free Europe's balloon crusade

Remembering Radio Free Europe's balloon crusade

No doubt many Radio Survivor readers remember and still love Nena’s 80s rock song, Ninety Nine Red Balloons. It’s about a couple of kids who let loose a slew of balloons, and trigger the early warning systems of Europe, unleashing nuclear war. Ninety-nine dreams I have had And every one a red balloon It’s all […]

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How 'Teenager Party' helped bring down the Iron Curtain

It was 1958, and the staff of Radio Free Europe pondered what to do next. The CIA funded broadcasting service was still reeling from the disastrous Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The United States had encouraged Hungary to revolt against Communist domination, then did nothing when the Soviet Union crushed the uprising. RFE took much of […]

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