World War I created many of the political, cultural, and economic fault lines of the world today. Produced by the MacArthur Memorial, this podcast explores the causes, the major players, the battles, the technology, and the popular culture of World War I.
Behind the Scenes: Smithsonian WWI Treasures
Go behind the scenes at the National Museum of American History as we explore five interesting WWI artifacts that are currently in storage.
Marguerite Harrison - America's First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent
During World War I, Marguerite Harrison became the first female foreign intelligence agent employed by US military intelligence. While relatively unknown today, she played a major role in normalizing the idea of a woman working in American intelligence.
Douglas MacArthur and the Spanish Flu
Jim Zobel and Amanda Williams of the MacArthur Memorial briefly discuss MacArthur’s WWI illness and the impact of the Spanish Flu on the Western Front.
The Western Front, 1914-1916
From the Schlieffen Plan to Verdun, the critical years of 1914-1916 set the stage for major upheavals in 1917. For expert analysis of this period, we sat down with Dr. Michael Neiberg, author of Fighting the Great War and Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I, to discuss the strategy and major events of the Western Front and how 1914-1916 influenced the post-war peace.
The USCG in WWI
What was the United States Coast Guard doing during World War I? We sat down Dr. William H. Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian for the United States Coast Guard, to discuss the history of the Coast Guard and how World War I served as the first true test of the modern Coast Guard's military capability.
The Russian Revolution
By the end of 1916, the Allied and Central powers were exhausted and were facing serious political, economic and social problems. For Russia, a country already struggling with the structural problems of autocracy, the troubles of 1916 led to revolution. To learn more about the timeline and particulars of the Russian Revolution, we had a conversation with Dr. Colleen Moore, Assistant Professor of History at James Madison University.
Great podcast with terrible editing
The compressor they use to drown out noise sounds like someone flipping on and off a switch in some of the podcasts. Woodrow Wilson episodes are unlistenable.
Thoughtful and interesting!
Appreciate the diversity of topics and the audio upgrades they’ve made through the years. Something for everyone!
Good material, but..
I really enjoy these podcasts. I just recently found this podcast and I’ve listened to almost all of them in a matter of a few weeks. I really like the subject matter and find the topics very interesting, but some of the speakers they taped, are very hard to listen to. They move away from the mic and I have to turn up the volume, only to have my ear drums blown when they go back to the mic. If you could filter and stabilize the volume somehow, that would be great. Otherwise, great stuff!!