Joseph McCarthy and the Red Scare: Part 1

Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, chairman of the Government Committee on Operations of the Senate, comments on the latest developments in his dispute with the White House and Arm Secretary Robert T. Stevens. Bettman/Getty Images

Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy had a lackluster career - at least, that is, until he claimed the U.S. government was riddled with conspiratorial Communists. In this episode, Sarah and guest host Ben explore the hysteria-fueled rise of Joseph McCarthy.

Topics in this Podcast: U.S. history, 20th century, American history, communism, red scare, Joseph McCarthy, figurative witch hunts, red scares