Part two of the Venezuela Crisis podcast series picks up with the rise of Hugo Chavez in the 1990s.

Venezuela Crisis Podcast Series

In this episode we will look at:

  • How the oil boom of the mid-2000s were both a blessing and a curse to Venezuela
  • How more than socialism led to Venezuela’s demise
  • The foolish policies of Chavez and Maduro that have brought Venezuela to where it is today

By the time you are done with this final episode in the Venezuela crisis podcast series you will understand the depth of the current chaos and crisis, and also how we got here. 

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If you are ready to go deeper into understanding the crisis in Venezuela you will also want to look at my Venezuela Explainer.

You can download both parts 1 and 2 of the Venezuela crisis podcast series here at the web site or at my SoundCloud page here.

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  • The Venezuela Crisis podcast series was originally published in 2016
  • The explainers and guide are updated regularly
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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012 where he helps believers understand how the world works and how our faith fits. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at