The new Pushkin podcast sets Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Halpern off on a journey that goes from a biker gang in Detroit all the way to the 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama.
On December 20, 1989, more than 20,000 American troops invaded Panama as part of Operation Just Cause. The cause was to apprehend General Manuel Noriega, who was facing U.S. drug trafficking charges, among others. More than 500 Panamanian soldiers and civilians were killed, as well as 23 American soldiers. Noriega hid in the Vatican Embassy while U.S. troops tried to flush him out by blaring The Clash, U2, and Van Halen at all hours. After 11 days, Noriega surrendered and was taken to Miami, where he was tried and found guilty of drug trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering.
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