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The Late Night History podcast is hosted by writer and oral historian Matt Fratus. Join Matt in his quest to uncover history through the unmatched experiences and unequaled expertise of his world-class guests. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/late-night-history/support

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

The Late Night History podcast is hosted by writer and oral historian Matt Fratus. Join Matt in his quest to uncover history through the unmatched experiences and unequaled expertise of his world-class guests. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/late-night-history/support

    Episode 36: Eddie Ray (Part 2)

    Episode 36: Eddie Ray (Part 2)

    The Late Night History podcast is hosted by writer and oral historian Matt Fratus. Join Matt in this special, two-part episode featuring Ret. Marine Col. Eddie Ray, one of only two Navy Cross recipients from the Gulf War. 



    In part 2, listen to Eddie share his Navy Cross action from his perspective. Later in the episode, Eddie discusses what it was like to serve as a Battalion Commander under Gen. Mattis in the '03 Iraq invasion and some lessons learned returning to Iraq a decade after the Gulf War. Towards the end, Eddie reflects upon his legacy in the Marines and his thoughts about the future of armor in warfare with the prevalence of drones.



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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 36: Eddie Ray (Part 1)

    Episode 36: Eddie Ray (Part 1)

    The Late Night History podcast is hosted by writer and oral historian Matt Fratus. Join Matt in this special, two-part episode featuring Ret. Marine Col. Eddie Ray, one of only two Navy Cross recipients from the Gulf War. 


    In part 1, we delve into Eddie’s unique life journey leading to the Gulf War. From his formative years in LA to his stint as a college football player at the University of Washington alongside the future NFL Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon to his early days as an enlisted Marine and junior officer, we uncover the intriguing chapters of Eddie’s life.


    The episode is packed with a lot of exciting history and lessons learned. Notably, a training mission that went awry and how Eddie established himself as a leader. Additionally, Eddie shares how he became involved with the Marines Light Armored Vehicles. At the time, the assignment was considered “The Kiss of Death” for an officer’s career, mainly because nobody understood how to operate the unproven LAVs.



    Of course, that reputation would change under Eddie, where he combined football-inspired plays with military tactics for the battlefield. But you’ll hear all about that in Part 2.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Season 4 (2024) Teaser | 15 Episodes

    Season 4 (2024) Teaser | 15 Episodes

    The Late Night History podcast was created by writer and oral historian Matt Fratus in 2021. Each year (or season), Matt releases a new batch of episodes starring world-class guests who share their life story. In each episode we cover fascinating historical topics as we leverage each guest's experience and expertise.



    This short video is an announcement featuring an update on new guests and new content for 2024.




    Listen to the Late Night History podcast on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/late-night-history/id1553678075



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    Episode 35: Rob Newson

    Episode 35: Rob Newson

    Tonight’s guest is Rob Newson, a former Navy SEAL officer with nearly 30 years of military service. 



    On this episode, Rob and I discuss the highlights of his remarkable military career, as well as the important work he is doing with cancer and leading the fight alongside incredible organizations such as Task Force Dagger and Hunter Seven Foundation. 



    If you are searching for insight about military start-ups, this is the episode for you. Rob has personally led or participated within six separate new military organizations, including two national strategic planning elements, and a first-of-its-kind organization to collect and integrate battlefield intelligence to identify and disable terrorist networks. In a three year period, this new team elevated the success rate of SEAL missions from 35% to 91%.



    We dive into the gamut of Naval Special Warfare history across the Global War on Terror, including the establishment of SEAL Team 7 and why all veterans of that team owe Rob a green beer for putting the commissioning date on St. Paddy’s Day. We also cover the reasoning for the creation of the Cultural Engagement Units, which relied heavily on the MAVNI program; and various other topics such as women in combat, SEALs in media, and working at the White House.


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    • 2 hr 12 min
    Episode 34: Doug Patteson

    Episode 34: Doug Patteson

    Tonight’s guest is Doug Patteson, a 10-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, or simply put, the CIA.

    On this episode we cover Doug’s fascinating ancestral family history of Texans, which include both his grandfather's military service in WWII. For the majority of the show, we discuss all things espionage, including Doug’s legendary mentors (like Dick Holm on episode 27), his three overseas tours, what it was like to recruit a spy, and his opinion on the greatest movies that capture the reality of the job. Naturally, we also dig into the peculiar food Doug had to eat to gain the trust of a potential asset (i.e. a still-beating snake heart in a shot glass). Later, we cover the extraordinary life story of Peter Ortiz, among other OSS legends. Towards the end, Doug shares the impactful work he’s doing for the James Foley Foundation.


    Follow Doug at @TexasSpyDad, as well as @ingloriousamateurs (which is a brand that helps educate common folk like the most of us about the world of espionage) on Instagram.




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    Episode 33: Jim Webb

    Episode 33: Jim Webb

    Tonight’s guest is my friend Jim Webb. Jim is a former war photographer, Marine, and journalist. Jim and I met during his stint working for @blackriflecoffee at @coffeeordiemag. And from there, we hit it off with our shared love for baseball and military history.



    Episode 33 features a discussion about Jim’s life story from childhood to present day, including his fondest memories alongside his dad James Webb Sr. — who famously authored Fields of Fire about his time serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War. Jim’s dad later became Secretary of the US Navy and has had an instrumental influence on his life. Jim discusses fishing trips alongside his dad’s Vietnam War buddies and how he continues the family tradition with his Marine teammates. Next, Jim shares what it was like as a war photographer — leaving Penn State early to journey to Afghanistan alongside his dad, ultimately to take a detour on the trip back home to Vietnam to walk the same patrol routes his dad once walked decades before. Ironically, Jim would later join the same exact unit he covered as a war photographer in Afghanistan, except serving as a Marine for a tour in Iraq.



    Towards the end of the show, we nerd out on some baseball history, including the iconic Pizza Affair at Fenway Park that’s enshrined in @redsox lore; how @bluemoonbrewco became a ballpark beer; and, how some of baseball’s greatest stars left their prime years behind to fight in war and conflict i.e. Teddy Ballgame, Jerry Coleman, and Ty Cobb.



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    • 2 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Dobieman1479 ,

A masterclass in storytelling with an authentic history flavor

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If you're tired of scrolling through an endless barrage of the same old podcasts, The Late Night History podcast is a breath of fresh, historically insightful air. In a landscape where educational content can often be dry and academic to the point of being unlistenable, this podcast defies the odds, combining impeccable research with entertaining delivery in a way that keeps you coming back for more.

What sets The Late Night History podcast apart from the crowd is its knack for presenting stories that are both captivating and historically significant. The episodes, being short, pack an impressive punch; they are like historical espresso shots that wake you up to the richness of the past. They manage to condense complex topics into digestible narratives without ever diluting the facts or skimping on context. In a word, it's fascinating.

Matt Fratus as a host is engaging and does a fantastic job of bringing history to life with their wit, enthusiasm, and authentic curiosity. Each episode feels like you're sitting down for a chat with a knowledgeable friend, rather than being lectured at by a stuffy professor. They have this uncanny ability to dive into topics that you never thought you'd find interesting, and leave you eagerly Googling for more information as soon as the episode ends.

It's no wonder that there have been attempts by others to replicate the magic that The Late Night History podcast brings to the table. But alas, like historical events themselves, some things just can't be duplicated. Others may try to imitate, but this podcast remains peerless in its field, retaining an authenticity that is unmistakably unique.

If you've yet to experience the joy that is The Late Night History podcast, I'd highly recommend that you dive in. It's an enchanting blend of storytelling and fact, creating a deeply satisfying and enlightening experience that enriches your understanding of the world. The late nights you'll spend captivated by these history stories will be sleep well sacrificed.

Happy listening!

AggieFNP ,

Target! Cease fire.

This hits a first round kill shot every single time! Short, concise, entertaining, interesting and easy to listen to, it’s perfect for the ADD history geek who is multitasking while listening! You rock!!

African Mermaid ,

Great podcast!

Great mix of interesting topics, history and humor!

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