Episode Archives

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 the qualifications and training involved, the constant readiness, and the differences between U.S. and Soviet vessels. They also highlight the ever-present threat of the Soviet Navy…

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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 this conflict between superpowers, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The two-week confrontation—October 16-28, 1962—kept the world on edge and in fear of escalating tensions that…

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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 War II. I discuss the 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive by the America Expeditionary Forces and the French army. Launched against the Germans on the Western Front, this…

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Lewis & Clark Expedition

September 25, 2020 marks 214 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark finished their Corps of Discovery Expedition. In honor of one the greatest scientific expeditions ever, Mark revisits his conversation with Lewis and Clark historian Hal Stearns. Recorded at Fort Clatsop, the expedition’s winter camp on the Pacific Coast of Oregon, they provide a…

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Leadership: Dick Winters and Easy Company

Lt. Dick Winters and Easy Company of the 101st Airborne were made famous by the Band of Brothers TV series, based on the best-selling book by Stephen E. Ambrose. Historian Chris Anderson, who spent hundreds of hours with Winters talking about his WWII experiences, joins Mark to discuss leadership and the the man who led…

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The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony

Mark revisits his conversation with Vince Dooley about his book, The Legion’s Fighting Bulldog: The Civil War Correspondence of William Gaston Delony. Greatly loved by those who served under him, Lieutenant Colonel William Gaston Delony possessed three admirable attributes: “commanding presence, bull dog courage, and superb generalship.” Through the letters of Delony and his wife Rosa,…

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August History Happenings: American Civil War and WWII

This week, Mark takes a look at some of the events that happened during the month of August in the American Civil War and WWII. He discusses the infamous Quantrill’s Raiders, a group of pro-Confederate partisan guerrillas that included Jesse James, Nathan Bedford Forrest’s raid on Memphis, the 872-day Siege of Leningrad, and the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression…

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USS Indianapolis

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Indianapolis, Mark revisits his interview with best-selling author, Lynn Vincent, and National Geographic Historian, Sara Vladic, about their book, Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man. Just after midnight on…

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July History Happenings: WWII and Civil War

This week, Mark takes a cursory but analytical look at a few key July historical events. He discusses WWII, including the Einsatzgruppen SS mission in the Soviet Union, as well as the Civil War battle of First Manassas (Bull Run). He also takes a look on the lighter side—how Louisiana took an innovation from the…

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Interview with WWII Veteran Mort Sheffloe: Part II

Just a few summers ago Mark was traveling in France with WWII Veteran Mort Sheffloe. While walking the sands of Omaha Beach and Utah Beach, sitting in cafés in Normandy or dining in Paris, Mort shared his memories of the war, and his battles in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. In the second of the…

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