218 episodes

"War Stories" is conversational military history hosted by Preston Stewart and Sayre Payne. Storytelling military and historical events from WWI to WWII, Korea to Vietnam, and Iraq to Afghanistan, we bring on varied guests to help continue to document our warriors, both past and present.

Support War Stories on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast

War Stories with Preston and Sayre Preston Stewart

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    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

"War Stories" is conversational military history hosted by Preston Stewart and Sayre Payne. Storytelling military and historical events from WWI to WWII, Korea to Vietnam, and Iraq to Afghanistan, we bring on varied guests to help continue to document our warriors, both past and present.

Support War Stories on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/warstoriespodcast

    212: Can the US Military Defeat an Insurgency?

    212: Can the US Military Defeat an Insurgency?

    Something that bothers me when I think about the last 20 years of war is that we, the United States, don’t have a solution to modern insurgency.  If we couldn't figure it out over 20 years in two countries, I wonder if the military isn't the correct tool for that job.
    Book referenced is Black Hearts by Jim Frederick
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Hearts-Platoons-Descent-Triangle/dp/0307450767
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    • 41 min
    211: US Army Airborne School and Religious Affairs with Austin Knight

    211: US Army Airborne School and Religious Affairs with Austin Knight

    We are joined in this episode by Austin Knight. Austin serves in the active-duty Army as a Religious Affairs NCO where he’s currently assigned to the U.S. Army Airborne School. We spoke to Austin about a variety of topics ranging from what Airborne School is like today, the experience of jumping out of airplanes for a living, to his ultimate role which is to care for not just the spiritual welfare of Soldiers (from Private to General), but their moral and emotional well-being as well.

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    • 57 min
    210: Taliban, al Qaeda and Afghanistan before 2001 with Steve Coll

    210: Taliban, al Qaeda and Afghanistan before 2001 with Steve Coll

    In this episode, we are joined by Steve Coll. Coll is a New Yorker staff writer and reports on issues of politics, intelligence, and national security in the United States and abroad. He has written about the education of Osama bin Laden, secret negotiations between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and the hunt for the fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar. He was the managing editor of the Washington Post from 1998 to 2005, having earlier been a feature writer, a foreign correspondent, and an editor there; in 1990, he shared a Pulitzer Prize with David Vise for a series of articles about the Securities and Exchange Commission. From 2007 to 2013, he was the president of the New America Foundation.

    Coll is the author of several books, including “Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan”; “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power”; “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century,” which won the pen/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction; “On the Grand Trunk Road: A Journey Into South Asia”; “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the C.I.A., Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,” for which he received an Overseas Press Club Award and a Pulitzer Prize; “Eagle on the Street,” which was based on his reporting on the S.E.C.; “The Taking of Getty Oil”; and “The Deal of the Century: The Breakup of AT&T.” Coll has served as dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where he continues to teach.

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    • 52 min
    209: Conversations About War with Phil Klay, Marine Veteran and Award Winning Author

    209: Conversations About War with Phil Klay, Marine Veteran and Award Winning Author

    In this episode, we are joined by Phil Klay. Phil Clay is a GWOT veteran of the Iraq war, having served as a Marine Corps officer from 2005-2009. Phil’s works, both as a veteran and writer, have been published throughout The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution's Brookings Essay series.

    His short story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times. His nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism in 2018. He currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University and his debut novel, Missionaries, was released in October 2020 with Penguin Press.

    https://www.philklay.com/

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    • 58 min
    208: Media Coverage of the War in Ukraine

    208: Media Coverage of the War in Ukraine

    Little shorter bit here where Preston and Sayre get into an article discussing media coverage of the war in Ukraine.

    FAIR.org article: https://fair.org/home/invasion-news-fits-on-front-page-more-when-an-enemy-does-the-invading/

    Preston's video on the subject: https://youtu.be/YIBYYdQY3-4



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    • 21 min
    207: On the ground in Ukraine with Justin Roberts

    207: On the ground in Ukraine with Justin Roberts

    In this episode we are joined by Justin Roberts. Justin is a documentarian and former Army chaplain who served in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division. Justin's documentary "No Greater Love" details the reality of war with firsthand footage and accounts of a harrowing 12-month deployment to Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

    While we discuss Justin's experiences in Afghanistan, he spoke to us while on the ground in Ukraine. We discuss what the current battle tempo is like, and how the war has evolved into an artillery-heavy war with little maneuver. Justin has an incredible perspective of war and the people affected.



    No Greater Love



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    • 1 hr 1 min

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Real class conversations with those who’ve served

Preston and Sayre offer thoughtful interviews with a wide range of veterans and those serving. So far my favourite is Doug Mater, who happens to be Preston’s father-in-law, about his service in the US Navy during the Vietnam war. For those who think it’s about glamorising conflict, it isn’t, it’s much more emotionally intelligent and aware than that. Pick a couple and listen, I’m sure you’ll learn something and be impressed.

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