tv Attempts to Overthrow Castro Clip CSPAN March 5, 2017 3:02pm-3:06pm EST
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cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. >> this weekend on american history tv, international spy museum historian discusses attempts by the u.s. government to overthrow or sesame cuban leader fidel castro. here is a preview. >> the cia preferred old-school gangland style. they had this idea of using legal cigars, putting botulism toxin inside the cigars and sliding it in. they never got close enough. the other idea of having a pin with shellfish poison, the same thing the see it -- the cia had pilot. for its youtube and stick him with a
shellfish-poison 10. we can't get anybody that close. this is not what happened. the idea was finally put into production a little bit to put a liquid poison and drop it inside his coffee or tea are other thing like that in the version of a small pill. they felt they could get to somebody that served castro his drinks and they could drop a pill inside. this is a decent idea. the problem is the first pill they created did not dissolve. so they dropped it in water and a kind of floated around in the water. this is a going to work. so the cia tech people went back and created a second pill that did dissolve in this -- and they decided to check the lethality on a guinea pig. the problem is that the specific type of poison they use, guinea pigs were in man to this particular kind of poison. so the pigs were deathly guinea pigs are poisoned and they were, like, what, thanks for the drink.
so we had to figure out something else. he finally said, well, this poison doesn't work on guinea pigs. maybe should which ride on -- so than monkeys. let's tried on a mic in -- on a monkey. the monkey croaked and died and they said we finally have something to kill castro. >> you can watch the entire program at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. sunday. american history tv, only on c-span 3. on "the civil war," author and lincoln forum founder frank williams talks about the politics and culture after president lincoln's assassination and the rep -- reconstruction era that followed. this talk was part of the lincoln forum symposium and is about 45 minutes. >> good morning. welcome to the lincoln symposium. our next guest needs no introduction. he is the fodi