Leon Neyfakh transports listeners into the day-to-day reality of the country's most pivotal historical events, bringing to life the forgotten twists and turns of the past while shedding light on the present.
Cast: Leon Neyfakh
Bizarre events in Iran and in Nicaragua, spark a frenzy among the press and public; Reagan's team debates how best to respond.
Reagan's cabinet strikes an illegal weapons-for-hostages deal with an Iranian arms merchant; proceeds pay for the Nicaraguan civil war.
A civil war in Lebanon results in a new hostage crisis; National Security Advisor Robert "Bud" McFarlane's proposal.
After Nicaragua, the Reagan Administration is convinced the Soviet Union is on the march; Lt Colonel Oliver North is tapped to support the Contras.
The 1979 Iranian revolution, Jimmy Carter's failure to free American hostages sets the stage for Reagan's own hostage crisis.