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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

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A biweekly podcast covering the last great war. Join Ray Harris Jr as he explores World War Two in intimate detail.

    Episode 279-Interview with Wes Tooke, writer and producer of the film Midway

    Episode 279-Interview with Wes Tooke, writer and producer of the film Midway

    Writer, Wes Tooke joins us to talk about the film Midway. We cover this pivotal turning point in the Pacific War, lead by Adm. Chester Nimitz. Young men like Dick Best, Wade McClusky and Clarence Dickinson lead the charge after the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor.
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    • 43 min
    Episode 278-The Fall of Bali and The Battle of Badung Straight

    Episode 278-The Fall of Bali and The Battle of Badung Straight

    Needing another airfield to attack Java, the Japanese quickly work up a plan to take Bali. Dutch Rear Adm. Karel W. Doorman and ABDA Command respond with three separate naval groups of Dutch and American vessels to stop the invasion.
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    • 36 min
    Wondery Presents WeCrashed

    Wondery Presents WeCrashed

    The co-working company WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. It was born in New York City from the ashes of the Great Recession, WeWork’s founders wanted to change not just the way people work, but how they live, sleep, and even raise their children. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company -- but did it ever match the reality? Hosted by David Brown of Wondery’s hit podcast Business Wars, WeCrashed is a six-part series about the rise and fall of WeWork. It’s a story of hope and hubris, and pulls back the curtain on the lengths certain people will go to chase “unicorns.” Listen now at Wondery.fm/wecrashedWWII




    
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    Episode 277- An interview with Melissa Amateis* about her book, Nebraska POW Camps, A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland

    Episode 277- An interview with Melissa Amateis* about her book, Nebraska POW Camps, A History of WWII Prisoners in the Heartland

    During World War II, thousands of Axis prisoners of war were held throughout Nebraska in base camps that included Fort Robinson, Camp Scottsbluff and Camp Atlanta. Many Nebraskans did not view the POWs as "evil Nazis." To them, they were ordinary men and very human.
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    • 46 min
    Episode 276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands

    Episode 276-The Fall of The Celebes and Maluku Islands

    With Singapore captured, the Japanese Empire sets its sights on Sumatra and Java. But first, the Celebes and Maluku Islands must fall, so Australia and other nearby locations can be targeted.
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    • 36 min
    Episode 275-The Fall of Singapore

    Episode 275-The Fall of Singapore

    Despite a 3 to 1 advantage in men, Archibald Percival, GOC Malay, is pushed by Churchill and ABDACOM Commander Gen. Wavell to defy the Japanese in trying to take Singapore. Yet Gen. Yamashita will continue defying the odds with audacity and speed.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

Rosefall_ ,

Adequate

This was informational, and sometimes I’ll listen to an episode while doing something for some background noise to help me concentrate. Honestly, his voice is a little bit boring, and he doesn’t have a great pronunciation of Italian. That I can understand because Italian being spoke by a native English speaker usually sounds pretty bad. Overall, good job.

Aztecfan22 ,

The new Midway Battle

As a docent at the USS Midway Museum in San Diego I had mixed emotions about this movie when it was coming toward us. I was pleasantly surprised by the product. While the cool special effects were slightly an over the top shoot em up like a western, that’s the only criticism I can make. On balance, it was a superb and historically accurate recreation of the event that changed history. My two favs were Woody Harrelson’s portrayal of Adm. Nimitz and the attention to the importance of the code breakers — the US Navy’s Edward Layton and Joe Rochefort. Their genius and tenacity in discovering the detail of the IJN attack plans truly changed world history. It is my true privilege to share the Midway story to the 1.3+ million guests who come to our wonderful museum annually. I hope you will as will.
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Docent- USS Midway

EmperorCharlemagne ,

Good content but horrifically delivered

I really want to like this podcast, the content is very in depth and detailed, but it’s just so badly delivered that it’s hard to pay attention to it longer than 10-20 minutes before getting bored. The voice is so monotonous and dry. There is little to no humor either. The pauses are unnatural, the adds are badly placed and 90% of them are for ED meds, very annoying. Nowhere near the league of Mike Duncan and others.

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