Conflicted

Untangling history’s greatest controversies

Every month, host Zach Cornwell takes a hard look at the historical conflicts that raise difficult questions, stoke controversy, and send our moral compasses spinning.

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As the CIA wages a covert proxy war against the Soviet 40th Army, the Mujahideen are showered with billions of dollars and cutting-edge weaponry. An old animosity between two prominent Mujahideen commanders – Ahmed Shah Massoud and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar - turns into a bitter, deadly rivalry. Meanwhile, Soviet reformers led by Mikhail Gorbachev attempt to extricate the USSR from Afghanistan with a shred of dignity intact. After the Soviet withdrawal, the world turns it back on Afghanistan as a civil war rages between the Mujahideen factions – and the Taliban emerges.

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Ghosts in the Mountains: The Soviet-Afghan War – Part 2

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The Soviet 40th Army invaded Afghanistan in the closing days of 1979.
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Ghosts in the Mountains: The Soviet-Afghan War – Part 1

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When Soviet Russia invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979, few could have imagined what a seismic impact it would have on the modern world.
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Curse of the Koh-I-Noor Diamond

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The infamous Koh-I-Noor diamond currently sits in the Tower of London among the crown jewels of the British monarchy,
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Kill Yamamoto: The Mission to Avenge Pearl Harbor - Part 2

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After the Battle of Midway, the Japanese Navy is in tatters and Yamamoto’s hopes of a quick victory against the Unites States have evaporated.
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Zach Cornwell

Host, Producer, Writer
An advertising creative by trade and a history enthusiast at heart, Zach is the creator, writer, and producer of the show. Hailing from Dallas, TX, he’s most at ease with a book in one hand and a brisket taco in the other.