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Christmas in Wartime – Part II

In Part II of the Christmas in Wartime podcast, Mark reviews some of the happenings that American and Allied soldiers experienced during WWII. There are a few items from...

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Christmas in Wartime – Part I

War brings few joyous moments. Over the years, Christmas time has provided a few glimmers of warmth. From a surprise victory for George Washington, to mules masquerading as reindeer...

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Cold War Series: Soviet Naval Challenge with Reid Senter Part II

Mark returns to the Cold War with Part II of the Soviet Naval challenge, this time covering surface operations. His guest is Reid Senter, a retired U.S. Navy Captain...

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Cold War Series: The Soviet Naval Challenge with John Lindstedt Part I

In the first of a two-part interview, Mark speaks with John Lindstedt, who was a junior officer serving aboard a nuclear submarine in the Cold War years. They discuss...

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Cold War Series: Cuban Missile Crisis

October 28, 1962 marked the 13th and last day of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 58 years later, Mark kicks off his Cold War series by revisiting the origins of...

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Autumn Events in History: From the American Revolution to WWII

On this week’s podcast, I take a look at some historical events that happened in autumn from the American Revolution to the Civil War, World War I and World...

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Behind The Mic

Mark Bielski

Mark Bielski

Show Host


Mark Bielski, Ph.D. is an historian, author, and the Director at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours. As the host of the History with Mark Bielski Podcast, he discusses history from ancient to modern times with experts in their field, with special attention to the Civil War and WWII.

Steve Bourque

Steve Bourque

Upcoming Guest

Steve Bourque, author of The Allied War Against France, is professor emeritus at the Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas.  He lives nearby in Kansas City Missouri. He served for twenty years in the U.S. Army in the U.S. Germany and the Middle East.  Dr. Bourque received his Ph.D. from Georgia State University.  He has taught history at Cal State University and the School of Advanced Military Studies at the Command and General Staff College. 

Gerry Prokopowich

Gerald J. Prokopowicz

Frequent Guest

Gerry Prokopowicz, Ph.D. is the author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves? Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Abraham Lincoln  as well as the online host of Civil War Talk Radio. He served for nine years as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum.

Historian Rick Beyer

Rick Beyer

Frequent Guest

Documentary film-maker and history enthusiast Rick Beyer produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army, and co-wrote (with Liz Sayles) of The Ghost Army of World War II. The book is now being developed as a Hollywood movie by the producers of American Sniper.

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