How Stereo Was First Sold To a Skeptical Public

Jonathan Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology and Janet Borgerson, DePaul University When we hear the word “stereo” today, we might simply think of a sound system, as in “turn on the stereo.” But stereo actually is a specific technology, like video streaming or the latest espresso maker. Sixty years ago, it was introduced for the…

World Politics Explainer: Pinochet’s Chile

General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973. Eighteen days later, with the connivance, if not the assistance, of the US, he authorised a coup against Allende’s Socialist government. To be clear, Pinochet’s rule was not the first, last…

Michael Foot Spy Allegations and Why MI6 Should Come Clean About The Past

According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet “confidential contact” on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of £37,000 (in today’s money). This might come as something of a shock to followers of British espionage news, who have long assumed that such claims were nonsense – especially after this was found to be the case in the High Court in 1995.

Was Michael Foot a Soviet Agent? No, But Such Smears Are Common

With the return of age-old allegations about Michael Foot appearing in the press again a few days ago, allegations widely debunked and mocked online and from senior Labour figures, we must understand that these types of smears are nothing new at all. In fact, linking the Labour Party to the forces of Soviet communism are…