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Episode 35: The Code Breaker

2017-01-10 | 🔗

His ear for hearing patterns served him well.

This is an unofficial transcript meant for reference. Accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Before he left his post he knew he was good, very good in fact, but you didn't want to get this one wrong. Dad did did for de a single did for ye did die for a and that another d d, a the young airman removed his headphones and contemplated the impact of what he had just learned, the most it Various mass murderer in the history of the world was dead and right now, huh he was the only American who know it. He rose stiffly and shook out the king. The long lonely hours hunched over the receiver were wearing on his back and hips
Walk to his superiors office and entered without knocking this annoyed, his superior, but the code breaker was never much for protocol. I have some news said the goat breaker and I have a door said: the superior, maybe you'd care to knock on it before entering the code. Breaker just stood and waited his soon to be trade mark. Snarl curled across his rugged face- is there's something you need airman, not particularly replied the code breaker in his distinctive baritone. I just thought your boss might like to know that Joseph Stalin is dead.
The psychopath responsible for more than fifty million murders was gone and the Soviet Union was for the moment without a leader what that man for the United States was far beyond the code breakers pay great, but he knew the truth would take just a few minutes to find its way all the way across the North Atlantic and into President Eisenhower's hands hours later. It would be the headline in every newspaper around the world back home in Arkansas, his friends family would read all about it, but of them whatever. No, it was he who unlocked the secret first, it's funny thought the goat breaker, how fast news can travel once you put it in a language everybody. Can
we stand the arm and returned to his grey cubicle and resumed his shift? He listens for new information hidden in the static, but heard nothing so he wrote a plaintive letter to his girl back home, nothing about his work. Of course that was forbidden and he knew his letters would be read carefully by the sensors. He just ordinary loved her and MR and look forward to the day when his time was once a and his own later, though. As you know, awakened steel, bunk, pondering the gray walls and the bad food, the restricted privileges and the officious bosses, the call the shots. His thoughts returned to the hidden code that announced the death of a murderer on his old guitar. He repeated the rhythm on the string before. Finally, drifting off did dotted dot. Did
gotta did did not adopt the next day in what can only be called a happy coincidence for music fans around the world with the men of the twelfth rate, Yo Squadron were treated to a film. It was a movie about another group of men stuck together far from home. They too were living in tight quarters. They too were confined against their will and they too, who were desperately lonely. The code breaker understood their pain and resolved to put it into a language that everybody else can undressed and that night, the young airman who missed his sweetheart and yearn to escape, is posed in Germany, reached again for his old guitar and captured the nuances and rhythms of loneliness and isolation. Translating them into a melody recognise today, around the world did dotted dotted. Dada did did did that Acta
You know him as a country music, legend with three hall of Fame, inductions, nine CMA awards and seventeen Grammys, but back on March Fifth, one thousand nine hundred and fifty three He was just a homesick airman far from friends and family who just happened to figure out the Joseph Stalin was dead before the rest of the world, the code breaker. Who shot a man in Reno just to watch him die the man in Black who songs would forever change country music, along with Folsom prison and a good deal more than that, the man you know as Johnny Cash anyway, that's the way I heard it.
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