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What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.

What a Hell of a Way to Die What a Hell of a Way to Die

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    • 4.7 • 303 Ratings

What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.

    Fascism? In My Forever War?

    Fascism? In My Forever War?

    Well, we’re a bit late to the party, as we were recording our episode last Wednesday prior to The Event. But you can rest assured that we were not surprised to discover that the mob on Capitol Hill included lots of veterans and active duty military. In this episode, we talk about what 20 years of war have done to the American psyche, and why we think the people who count themselves as ‘not part of the problem’ are simply mistaken.
    This week’s bonus is a special treat of labor history, as Francis forced Joe Kassabian and Carey Shockey to watch the 1992 Disney musical NEWSIES. You will most definitely enjoy their reactions. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46083542
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

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    It’ll Be Different This Time!

    It’ll Be Different This Time!

    This week, we discuss the election results in Georgia, have a long aside about what America did in Central America in the 1980s, and genuinely predict that the Dems’ worst nightmare has come to pass: now they have to govern!
    We also had a bonus DadChat/New England Chat this week with Shocks and Joe Kassabian, and you can get it on the Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45820091
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang
     

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    *UNLOCKED* Why Is Carl Higbie feat. Jasper Craven

    *UNLOCKED* Why Is Carl Higbie feat. Jasper Craven

    We’re off this week, but we’ve unlocked a bonus episode from earlier in the year. Francis speaks with journalist Jasper Craven about the right-wing veteran mythos and why ex-SEAL Carl Higbie will probably survive the Trump administration and factor in our lives for a while, despite being a huge piece of garbage.
    Jasper has a substack and you should absolutely sign up for it:  https://battleborne.substack.com/people/2318067-jasper-craven
    If you want more bonus content like this, access it on our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang
     

    • 48 min
    *UNLOCKED* Cognitive Dungeons and Dragons Therapy feat. Jared and Elizabeth Kilmer

    *UNLOCKED* Cognitive Dungeons and Dragons Therapy feat. Jared and Elizabeth Kilmer

    We're off this week, but we've unlocked a bonus episode from March in which Francis speaks with Jared and Elizabeth Kilmer from Game to Grow, an organization that uses tabletop gaming in therapy. Specifically, they discuss how they've seen tabletop gaming work to support therapy for veterans, and how roleplaying can be therapeutic in a variety of contexts. Hope you enjoy!

    If you want more bonus content like this, access it on our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

     

     

     



     

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    Operation Bunker Busting New Brunswick

    Operation Bunker Busting New Brunswick

    The word on the street (by which we mean the feeds of extremely Q-pilled individuals on twitter) is that the Chinese PLA tried to invade Maine via New Brunswick but were stopped when their entire force was killed by one 14-ton bunker buster that left no trace. 50,000 PLA troops dead with all evidence obliterated. To assess the military significance of this, we decided to report on it.
     
    For this week's bonus, we've brought on our Zoomer correspondent Kevin Frint (@ItsAll_Bullshit) to discuss a full playthrough of the recent Call of Duty release with Nate. You might not like it, but this is the way that people are going to assume the actual Cold War went down. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45005019
     
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    • 1 hr
    The Fort Hood Report: Horrifying and Also Unsurprising

    The Fort Hood Report: Horrifying and Also Unsurprising

    The Army released a report into the handling of sexual assault prevention at Fort Hood, TX, and it’s proof that the institution doesn’t care about anything besides protecting itself. We offer our thoughts and why we feel it underscores our previous point: don’t enlist. You can read the report in its entirety here: https://www.army.mil/e2/downloads/rv7/forthoodreview/2020-12-03_FHIRC_report_redacted.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0JrfDs8rT-Y7OYdtvsT7FM2JORabaPIctk2Y-b35Le5AXdz8ftFqCRQgs
    We also talk about a recent claim by a former Israeli government official that there is a secret alien confederation and bases on Mars. Probably safe to doubt this one?
    This week’s bonus is a TroopChat/DadChat with Joe Kassabian, Carey Shockey, and Francis. Have you ever heard about the British academic who really loved the Khmer Rouge? Learn about his story and more: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44668830
    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here: 
    https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop
    We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw
     You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay
    Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts
    Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
303 Ratings

303 Ratings

Nostalgia4Infinity ,

A breath of fresh air

Lovely alternative to the angry Facebook vet bro content.

Don’t get me wrong, these are also angry vets they’re just mad at the correct things and aren’t chuds about it

Ch1llBo11 ,

Too much

Well spoken and informed, yet they are mad at everyone and disdainful of more. And I generally agree with their politics.

nickeless. ,

Worth it

Unlike half the country, these men don’t wish Trump was their daddy.

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