Jocko Unravelling

Jocko Unravelling

By Jocko Willink and Darryl Cooper

News, History, Impactful events and Lessons.

Episodes

Blood Red Fields

World War 1, the Russian Civil War, the Red Terror, Holodomor, the Great Terror, World War 2, Chernobyl, state collapse, two revolutions, and another civil war. Few countries have had a tougher 100 years than Ukraine. Recent weeks have seen a buildup of forces on both sides of the border between Russia and Ukraine. Jocko and Darryl discuss the history of a dangerous international flashpoint.
19/04/211h 2m

Drain the Swamp v1.0

Description: As the Cold War kicked off in the late 1940s, America was rocked by revelations that hundreds of Soviet spies had somehow entrenched themselves in the highest levels of the government. When Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy took the lead in exposing them, he kicked a hornet's nest that soon swarmed and overwhelmed him. The period known as the "Red Scare" is a complex time in American history, and Senator McCarthy was a complex man with ambivalent personal motivations. Unfortunately, the hornets he agitated included the political press and academic establishment, who for decades worked to wash away the complexities of the man and the era. The popular political cartoonist Jules Feiffer once wrote that "the secret to good cartooning is hate." Not personal hate, he clarified, but professional hate: "the intensity of conviction that comes to a craftsman's work when he has made the decision to kill, the decision to shun all political and behavioral complexities, so that the subject becomes, purely and simply, a demon."
03/04/211h 35m

The Unraveling 15: The Devil Moves In Crowds

The Puritans had fled the iniquity of Europe to found a godly civilization in the New World, but in 1692 the devil tracked them down. Driven by wild accusations from a small group of young girls, Salem Village tore itself apart in a downward spiral of mimetic paranoia. The Salem Witch Trials occurred more than 80 years before the American Revolution, but the story and its pathos are strangely contemporary and familiar. What happened and, more importantly, could it happen again?
22/03/211h 31m

The Unraveling 14: A Melting Pot On Boil

For thousands of years, nomadic tribes occupied vast lands beyond the limited reach of pre-modern empires. With the dawn of the modern age, these peoples found themselves locked inside the borders of powerful states whose drive to assimilate subject populations into homogenous national projects has led to a rapid dwindling of human cultural and biodiversity.   The Tarim Basin in northwest China has been home to the Turkic Uyghurs for over a thousand years, but the Chinese Communist Party has worked for decades to eliminate Uyghur cultural identity and demographic predominance. Perhaps no place on earth provides a more frightening example of modern methods and technology applied to man's darkest and most ancient impulses.
15/03/211h 24m

The Unravelling 13: A People Drowning

 Jocko and Darryl discuss the implications of a recent CDC report detailing a dramatic increase in substance abuse and mental health problems. 
09/11/201h 0m

The Unravelling 7: The Sword of Destruction

Three years onto the Iraq War, the country is in flames and American support for the war is waning.  Jocko leads Task Unit Bruiser into Ramadi, the capital of the al Qaeda caliphate, as a part of an effort to engage with local leaders and prove that a counter-insurgency strategy can turn things around
12/10/201h 22m

The Unravelling 6: Trying to Win

With many political and military leaders pronouncing the Iraq War a failure, Jocko prepares to lead his SEAL Task Unit into a battle that will change the course of the conflict.
12/10/2059m 18s

The Unravelling 5: "Do You Guys Have Run-Flats?"

Jocko completes his first tour and heads back to the US as Iraq begins to come apart at the sectarian seams.
12/10/201h 5m

The Unravelling 4: War Party

After the fall of Saddam’s regime, US forces struggle to provide security as an insurgency takes shape. Jocko’s first tour is action-packed, but ends as Iraq spirals out of control.
12/10/201h 28m

The Unravelling 3: A Festering Sore

The traumatic experience of Vietnam shapes the US approach to the Gulf War. The easy victory in Kuwait shapes expectations of the Global War on Terror.
12/10/201h 9m

The Unravelling 2: Saddam at War

The Cold War and the Islamic revolutions of 1979 raises false hope among US policymakers for Saddam Hussein, whose blood-soaked reign would begin and end in war.
12/10/2059m 11s

The Unravelling 1: Defining The Enemy

Jocko and Darryl Cooper discuss the "beginnings" of the war on terror.
12/10/2059m 50s

7: The Sword of Destruction

Three years into the Iraq War, the country is in flames and American support for the war is waning.  Jocko leads Task Unit Bruiser into Ramadi, the capital of the al Qaeda caliphate, as part of an effort to engage with local leaders and prove that a counter-insurgency strategy can turn things around.
07/05/201h 22m

6: Trying To Win

With many political and military leaders pronouncing the Iraq War a failure, Jocko prepares to lead his SEAL Task Unit into a battle that will change the course of the conflict.
30/04/2058m 23s

5: "Do You Guys Have Run Flats?"

Jocko completes his first tour and heads back to the US as Iraq begins to come apart at the sectarian seams.
23/04/201h 5m

4: War Party

After the fall of Saddam’s regime, US forces struggle to provide security as an insurgency takes shape. Jocko’s first tour is action-packed, but ends as Iraq spirals out of control.
10/04/201h 28m

3: Fighting The Last War

The traumatic experience of Vietnam shapes the US approach to the Gulf War. The easy victory in Kuwait shapes expectations of the Global War on Terror.
10/04/201h 9m

2: Saddam at War

The Cold War and the Islamic revolutions of 1979 raises false hope among US policymakers for Saddam Hussein, whose blood-soaked reign would begin and end in war.
10/04/2059m 16s

1: Defining The Enemy

Jocko and Darryl discuss the origins of ISIS, and the bloody thread connecting the group to Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Ba’athist regime of Saddam Hussein.
10/04/2055m 6s
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