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Paul and Corey Cross the Streams: Season 5, Episode 18 [‘I Was a Communist for the F.B.I’ (1951)]

Paul and Corey Cross the Streams is a bi-monthly podcast in which hosts Paul Pakler and Corey Pepper watch and review streaming content. It’s the Great American Podcast where two friends learn about life as they float down the river of streaming services.

In solidarity with SAG-AFTRA, Paul and Corey have decided to change things up:

For the duration of the TA voting process, they will: 1) cover only films about labor unions/strikes/solidarity/etc.; 2) not cover any new releases (that includes Corey’s Pass or Plays); and 3) not recommend any streaming services for where you can find these films.

Following Corey’s choice, Norma Rae (1979), Paul wanted to make a right turn. Look at things from another perspective. So, the idea was to journey back to the Red Scare and watch some anti-Communist fare. I Was a Communist for the FBI (1951).

Based on the true (lol okay) story of Matt Cvetic, the film follows his life as he acts as an informant for the FBI while he pretends to be a proud member of the Communist Party (CPUSA) in Pittsburgh.

Hooooooo boy, comrades! This thing sucked.

What makes propaganda effective or at the very least enjoyable? Was this guy the biggest jagoff in Pittsburgh? The answers to these and more lie within…

This Episode’s Focus: I Was a Communist for the F.B.I. (1951)
Host’s Choice
: Paul Pakler
Corey’s Recipe Recommendations for This Episode:
Pittsburgh Salad and Copycat Primanti Bros. Sandwich

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Special thanks to Tobin for our incredible theme song and Dave Droxler for our podcast’s logo and artwork.




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