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215 Apocrypha, 1987-Style
Every word I’ve said to you for the past 14 episodes has been 1000% true. But just for the sake of argument…. Also: the future!
214 The Sweet Hereafter
You all remember what happened next, right?
213 The Brink
Juliana Burke tries to stop a misunderstanding about sea monsters from ending the world
212 How I Learned to Stop Worrying
Matters come to a head in the north Atlantic.
211 Pirate Radio
Two fleets stare at each other across choppy waters. And a crab visits a pleasant fishing village in Iceland
210 Operation TREBLEHOOK
RFK lets the Navy off the leash.
209 Two Guys Walk Into a Bar
The Russians are getting tired of Kennedy’s BS.
208 The Washington View
Kennedy prepares to go public with his bullshit, to the disbelief of Colorado’s most colorful senator. But first: let’s talk about repelling sea monsters
207 Going Back In
Detachment 69 heads into the sea monster exclusion zone to plant some evidence. Also: a digression on ship names
It turns out that it takes a lot of work to get an international maritime cover-up rolling!
Robert Kennedy asks himself (and his advisors): what if I didn’t have to tell the public that there was a sea monster outbreak?
They saw a WHAT?!?
203 Blood in the Water
Delgado and the Fearless Freaks arrive in the waters off Iceland and ponder psychedelic literature, among other things
202 The Fearless Freaks
Unsure of what’s actually going on in the North Atlantic, Robert Kennedy has only one resource he can turn to for clarity: the shadowy detachment known (currently) as Detachment 69.
201 A Press Conference in Reykjavik
In May of 1987, a government minister in a minor country (sorry, Iceland, still love you) schedules a press conference and ruffles feathers in Washington.
21 Announcing Kraken Busters Season 2
January of 2023 we’re journeying back (or forward, I guess) to 1987!
20 Apocrypha, 2021
Every word I’ve said to you was 1000% true. But for the sake of argument…
19 Endgame, 1951-52
Dewey defeats monsters
18 The Clouds Part, 1950-51
Victory is within reach, despite a setback in Long Beach. Also: enter Richard Nixon.
17 The Fall of Black Jack Kraken, 1950
The war in the Pacific reaches a major turning point.
16 Renewed Vigor, 1949
15 Operation Mousetrap, 1949
The Trumble Group and Kay Hendry’s office hatch a simple plan for blowing up monsters. But will it blow up enough of them? And will it blow them up hard enough?
14 Dewey, 1949
As the nation reels from the combined disasters surrounding San Francisco, a new president takes office and sees both gloom and points of light within it. Also, Woody Guthrie writes a song.
13 Unthinkable, 1948
Once the sea creatures are in possession of San Francisco Bay, what do they want with it? CONTENT WARNING: THIS EPISODE INCLUDES AN ACT OF EXTREME SELF-HARM.
12 San Francisco, 1948
Harry Truman hoped for a decisive encounter with the sea creatures before the election. Then he got one.
11 The Incumbent, 1948
Is losing a war to sea monsters a good reelection campaign strategy? Also: enter Ernest Hemingway.
10 Secession, 1947
Dominoes continue to fall throughout the Pacific after it becomes the sea monsters’ private lake. Also, the Navy reorganizes some deck chairs and tries out some new accessories.
09 The Breakdown, 1947
After the confluence of disasters in February 1947, the American presence throughout the Pacific withers away, with catastrophic results. Can wealthy aviator Howard Hughes help?
08 The Second Battle of Pearl Harbor, 1947 (part 2)
After laying waste to the handful of ships and boats on hand to defend Pearl Harbor, the Kelp Man and a mass of sea creatures move deeper into the base.
07 The Second Battle of Pearl Harbor, 1947 (part 1)
While Operation TYPHOON had been a debacle, the Navy had thought that Adm. Halsey had at least tied down all of the major creatures for a while. The Navy was wrong.
06 Operation TYPHOON, 1947
At a high-level conference in Washington, one of America’s best-known naval warriors says he has a plan to deal with the sea monsters. Can he deliver?
05 Evacuation, 1946
Facing a de facto blockade by sea monsters, the American presence on Hawaii becomes untenable.
04 The Wrong Tools for the Job, 1946
After President Truman insists that somebody do something about the sea monster problem, the Navy tries to do something about the sea monster problem. And Adm. Marc Mitscher and the Third Fleet learn some harsh truths in the process.
03 Panama, 1946
The Navy brass felt that the best thing to do with the sea monster problem was to try to sweep it under the rug. The creatures had other ideas, and it’s hard to sweep the wreckage of a major canal under a rug.
02 This Might Be a Problem, 1945
The US Navy has its first direct encounter with the sea creatures as Black Jack Kraken attacks a convoy and is driven off by the USS Dahlgren.
01 The Missing Ships, 1944-45
We begin our exploration of the US-Sea Monster Conflict with a look at the murky origins of the crisis, a rash of missing ships during the end of World War 2. Also, a short overview of the project.