8 episodes

Hundreds of letters, written between brothers fighting in the Pacific during World War II. Almost one a day, for every day of the war. In this podcast, you’ll hear the story of these brothers — the Eyde brothers — and of World War II, as told through their letters, in their own words. Bringing the letters to life are modern U.S. military veterans. At key moments in the story, we’ll talk to them about how these letters compare to their own experiences — what’s universal about war and what’s changed. And why everyone who picks up these letters feels like the Eyde brothers become a part of their family.

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Hundreds of letters, written between brothers fighting in the Pacific during World War II. Almost one a day, for every day of the war. In this podcast, you’ll hear the story of these brothers — the Eyde brothers — and of World War II, as told through their letters, in their own words. Bringing the letters to life are modern U.S. military veterans. At key moments in the story, we’ll talk to them about how these letters compare to their own experiences — what’s universal about war and what’s changed. And why everyone who picks up these letters feels like the Eyde brothers become a part of their family.

    1946-2017: After

    1946-2017: After

    The Eyde brothers continued writing each other long after the end of the war. In their letters over the next decades, it’s clear that their experiences in the war changed the course of their lives in dramatic, and in very different, ways.

    • 19 min
    Discussion: Part II

    Discussion: Part II

    The voice actors join Dan to discuss the second half of the story, and how those in the armed services are shaped by their experiences with war.

    • 23 min
    1944-1945: The end

    1944-1945: The end

    Back at home, Ralph and Frank struggle to recover and readjust to civilian life. Meanwhile, as the Allies move towards victory, John’s role in the war is just about to begin.

    • 22 min
    1943-1944: Battles

    1943-1944: Battles

    Frank has seen his first combat, as Ralph and John prepare for their own deployments. Facing war has the brothers engaged in intense battles -- both physical and mental.

    • 17 min
    Discussion: Part I

    Discussion: Part I

    The actors in this podcast are all veterans themselves. They join Dan to discuss their experiences reading the letters, and what is universal about the story of the Eyde family.

    • 20 min
    1942: The start

    1942: The start

    With the country at war, the Eyde brothers await their fates. Frank and Ralph inch closer to action, as they anxiously try to keep younger brother John away from the front lines.

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

Miriam O'Neil ,

I want more.

Absolutely love and appreciate the story of these brothers and the historical context. It felt short to me only in that I wanted more. More of the actual letters. Most likely doesn’t make for a good podcast. Get it. 5 stars. Thank you for telling their story within our history.

The Dog Knows Everything ,

Wonderful!

This is a very heartwarming tale of the love of a close-knit family. I wish there was more - I could listen to this for days. Thank you to everyone, mostly to Joe!

car1513 ,

Cindy

This was fantastic, though I wish we’d heard far more of the letters than we did. I’ll check out the website for more info, but I would definitely tune in if ever you guys decided to expand this further and add additional episodes.

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