Monthly Podcast Season Seven

Interested in exploring more about MacArthur and his times? Download one of the MacArthur Memorial’s podcasts!

In addition to the basic audio tour of the museum and the World War I History Podcast series, the MacArthur Memorial also produces a monthly podcast on different aspects of the MacArthur story and history from 1865-1964. Topics vary, and if you have a special request, please contact Amanda Williams by email.

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Episode Seventy-Four: Rocky Boyer's War                                                                                                                                           (August 2017)

In August 2017, Dr. Allen D. Boyer visited the MacArthur Memorial and discussed Rocky Boyer’s War: An Unvarnished History of the Air Blitz that Won the War in the Southwest Pacific. Based on an “unauthorized” diary that was kept by Dr. Boyer’s father, Rocky’ Boyer’s War provides a soldier’s history of General George Kenney’s air war in the Southwest Pacific from New Guinea to the Philippines. (24:38)
Rocky Boyers War
Episode Seventy-Three: The Japanese Perspective on the Battle of Midway
(June 2017)

In June 2017, the MacArthur Memorial, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the VA WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission hosted a symposium to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  Anthony Tully, co-author of Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, explored the battle from the Japanese perspective. (39:37)
Shattered Sword
Episode Seventy-Two: Codebreaking and the Battle of Midway
(June 2017)

In June 2017, the MacArthur Memorial, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the VA WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission hosted a symposium to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  Elliot Carlson, author of Joe Rochefort's War, discussed how cryptanalysis and intelligence shaped the outcome of the Battle of Midway.  (29:15)
Joe Rochefort's War
Episode Seventy-One: USN Pilots at Midway
(June 2017)

In June 2017, the MacArthur Memorial, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the VA WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission hosted a symposium to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  Dr. Timothy Orr, co-author of Never Call Me a Hero, explored the role of USN pilots at the Battle of Midway.  (36:20)
Never Call Me a Hero
Episode Seventy: Sailing the Seas Towards Midway
(June 2017)

In June 2017, the MacArthur Memorial, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the VA WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission hosted a symposium to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.  Walter Borneman, author of The Admirals and MacArthur at War, kicked off the symposium with an overview of the Pacific War leading up to June 1942.  (36:47)
The Admirals
Episode Sixty-Nine: MacArthur's Spies
(May 2017)

Peter Eisner, author of MacArthur's Spies, spoke at the MacArthur Memorial in May 2017.  MacArthur's Spies tells the story of several people who resisted the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II.  Through espionage and sabotage, they helped pave the way for MacArthur's return to the Philippines in 1944.  (25:02)
MacArthurs Spies
Episode Sixty-Eight: Eve of a Hundred Midnights - Bill Lascher
(March 2017)

Bill Lascher, author of Eve of a Hundred Midnights, spoke at the MacArthur Memorial in March 2017.  Eve of a Hundred Midnights recounts the meteoric rise of Melville Jacoby, a dashing foreign correspondent who fell in love not only with a country - China - but with Annalee Whitmore, a whip-smart Hollywood scriptwriter-turned journalist.  Together they covered the opening days of World War II, reported on the besieged Chinese wartime capital of Chongqing, the fall of Manila and the struggle for Bataan.  (24:02)
Eve of a Hundred Midnights
Episode Sixty-Seven: MacArthur and Australia
(January 2017)

January 26 marks the birthday of General Douglas MacArthur.  It is also Australia Day.  On January 26, 2017, the MacArthur Memorial partnered with Air Vice Marshal Alan Clements, Head of Australian Defense Services (Washington), to mark each of these significant occasions.  As part of the program, MacArthur Memorial Archivist James Zobel gave a very short address on General MacArthur and the ties between the United States and Australia.  (6:44)
Flags
Episode Sixty-Six: Tokyo Rose
(August 2016)

During World War II, the Japanese recruited dozens of English speaking women to be part of a propaganda broadcast aimed at lowering the morale of Allied troops in the Pacific.  The broadcasters would report on Japanese successes and describe the overwhelming advantages of Japanese forces.  Often these reports were false, and most Allied troops knew it, but shows with the female broadcasters were just simply popular with the troops.  These female broadcasters became collectively known to American troops as “Tokyo Rose.”  At the end of the war however, only one of these women would be primarily identified as the “Tokyo Rose.”  Her name was Ikuko “Iva” Toguri.  Shockingly, she was also a U.S. citizen.  But how did she become the legendary “Tokyo Rose?" (12:26)  
Tokyo Rose

Episode Sixty-Five: Angels of the Underground – Dr. Theresa Kaminski 
(July 2016)

Dr. Theresa Kaminski, author of the book Angels of the Underground: The American Women Who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II, spoke at the MacArthur Memorial’s 2016 WWII Symposium.  During her presentation, Dr. Kaminski explored the lives of four different women who survived the fall of Manila and the several years of Japanese occupation that followed.  Relatively unknown today, these women served in a little known resistance movement that smuggled supplies and information to the guerrillas and POWs in the Philippines.  (39:12)

Angels of the Underground1
Episode Sixty-Four: War at the End of the World 
(July 2016)

James Duffy, author of the book War at the End of the World: Douglas MacArthur and the Forgotten Fight for New Guinea, 1942-1945, spoke at the MacArthur Memorial’s 2016 WWII Symposium.  During his lecture, Duffy outlined the epic four year fight for New Guinea and explained why New Guinea was one of the most hostile battlefields of the entire war. (34:42)

War at the End of the World1
Episode Sixty-Three: MacArthur at War 
(July 2016)

Walter Borneman, author of the book MacArthur at War, presented his latest research at the MacArthur Memorial's 2016 World War II Symposium.  During his lecture, Borneman traced MacArthur's evolution as a leader during the war and discussed the General's mastery of combined operations. (49:24)
MacArthur at War1
Episode Sixty-Two: Operation Vengeance
(May 2016)

In April 1943, American intelligence officers intercepted the flight plans and travel itinerary of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.  The plans indicated that the admiral would be traveling through zone that could be reached by American fighter planes.   Yamamoto was a high level target for a variety of reasons. He had been instrumental in the Pearl Harbor attack, at Wake Island, the Dutch East Indies, and in Burma.  He was also regarded by U.S. intelligence as Japan’s greatest strategist and his popularity with the Japanese military and civilians neared that of Emperor Hirohito. After careful deliberation, a decision was made to launch Operation Vengeance – a mission to assassinate Yamamoto.  (16:08)


Yamamoto