Ep 122: Gorilla Nazi Uber Assassin Super Soldiers Are Coming for Us All

So often when we picture an enemy, a true threat; they become bigger, stronger, faster, or smarter in our mind’s eye. So it’s only natural that for thousands of years, the terrifying ‘other’ has been painted as more than a man, and the warrior on the opposing side has been given super powers, if only in the imagination of those opposing him. Super soldiers are as natural a feature in stories as conflict, or war itself. Join us this week as we begin by discussing the star spangled poster child for performance enhancing drugs, Captain America and then survey the theme of the super soldier throughout history, around the world. From the Sacred Band of Thebes, to the sect of Assassins in Persia; from secret Nazi meth and Übermensch envy, to monkeying around with hybrids in the USSR, we will see what happens when the enemy we imagine is, well, super.

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SOURCES:

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history – The Guardian

Nietzsche’s Übermensch: A Hero of Our Time? – Philosophy Now

WHO WERE THE ORIGINAL ASSASSINS? ALAMUT & THE OLD MAN OF THE MOUNTAIN – Byzantine Emporia

The Supersoldier Drug That Isn’t: Captagon Captures The Imaginations Of Yellow Journalists – Forbes

Islamic State and the Assassins: reviving fanciful tales of the medieval Orient —By Farhad Daftary, The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Hashish and Assassination – Strange History

Did Nazis really try to make zombies? The real history behind one of our weirdest WWII obsessions – Salon

The drug creating Islamic State ‘supersoldiers’ – New Daily

Stronger, faster and more deadly: the ethics of developing supersoldiers

The Myth of the Nazi Steroid Marcel Reinold & John Hoberman

Engineering Humans for War – The Atlantic

‘ANTIFA SUPERSOLDIERS’ ARE COMING TO KILL WHITE PEOPLE WITHIN DAYS: RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY – Newsweek

The Secret Nazi Institute of the Occult, Super Soldiers, and Zombies – Mysterious Universe

The Drugs That Built a Super Soldier – The Atlantic

Scare Tactics – Slate

The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece … edited by Martha C. Nussbaum, Juha Sihvola

Beyond Species: Il’ya Ivanov and His Experiments on Cross Breeding Humans with Anthropoid Apes – Kirill Rossiianov

Music review: Premiere of Shostakovich’s long-lost ‘Orango’ – LA Times

Shostakovich’s Opera: ORANGO

A DREAM OF SOVIET APE‑MEN – Roads and Kingdom

Research monkeys languish in a state of limbo – LA Times

Soviet Backs Plan To Test Evolution – NYTs , June 17, 1926

The Russian Government Once Funded a Scientist’s Quest To Make an Ape-Human Hybrid – Smithsonian

Scientific Ethics and Stalin’s Ape-Man Superwarriors – Scientific American

‘Pilot’s Salt’: The Third Reich Kept Its Soldiers Alert With Meth – The Atlantic

YOU’RE TERMINATED Vladimir Putin warns of future sci-fi super-human soldiers more ‘destructive than nuclear bombs’ who feel no fear or pain – The Sun

A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark – Smithsonian

How ‘Cat’s Eyes’ helped change the world – BBC

 

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