April 2015

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The following shows aired in April 2015. Click on the show date in the left column to listen to that show. Files are in MP3 format.
4/5/15 Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and WWII. Hollywood helped win World War II, and by that, we don’t mean John Wayne, but five of the country’s most celebrated film directors, who went to work making films for the War Department that showed Americans at war, overseas and in the skies, living,fighting, bleeding and dying. Those films changed America and changed the men who made them, including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, George Stevens, and Frank Capra.

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box offices were booming. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy. Hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too “un-American” in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew? Following Pearl Harbor, Hollywood had the chance to prove its critics wrong and did so with vigor, turning its talents and its business over to the war effort to an unprecedented extent.

No industry professionals played a bigger role in the war than five of America’s most legendary directors: Ford, Wyler, Huston, Capra, and Stevens. Between them they were on the scene of almost every major moment of America’s war, and in every branch of service army, navy, and air force; Atlantic and Pacific; from Midway to North Africa; from Normandy to the fall of Paris and the liberation of the Nazi death camps; to the shaping of the message out of Washington, D.C.

Join host Dale Throneberry and his guest, award winning author Mark Harris.

4/12/15 Our guests this week include: Jennifer Giering, Senior Director of the Hiring Our Heroes program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She will be talking about the Hiring Our Heroes program and its’ goal of helping America’s businesses hire over 500,000 veterans.

Next is Joyce Faulkner, former President of the Military Writers Society of America and current board member and co-founder of Red Engine Press. Red Engine Press is a small, independent publishing house. They produce hard cover books, trade paperbacks and compact discs. In particular, Red Engine Press encourages writers with veteran and military stories to submit their works for possible publication. Joyce’s goal is to help veterans record their piece of history—for themselves, their families, and their communities—and our country.

And one of Red Engine Press’s authors, Beth Underwood, who will be discussing her book, Gravity. Gravityis the story of a small group of Army National Guardsmen from the Volunteer State of Tennessee—otherwise simple men, who spent a year of their lives in the Triangle of Death, one of Iraq’s most hostile areas of operation. But their daily patrols and combat missions weren’t featured on the nightly news. Instead, they operated as silent professionals – ordinary men facing extraordinary circumstances, who carried out their jobs to the best of their abilities and prayed they’d stay alive. Continuing the legacy of citizen-soldiers throughout the ages, they stepped forward to protect their families, their neighbors, their countrymen—and their fellow warriors, even in the face of death. Theirs is a story that will live for generations to come.

The time is May, 1945. Germany surrenders to the Allies ending World War II in the European theater.  Join guest military authors John C. McManus and Kevin Hymel along with host Bob Gould as they discuss the events of 1933–1945.
4/26/15 Last Days In Vietnam
Last Days in Vietnam, the Academy Award-nominated documentary, is premiering on Tuesday 28 April 2015 at 9:00PM eastern on your local PBS station.

During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible. Our guest is retired U.S. Army Col. Stuart Herrington, who served as an intelligence adviser to the South Vietnamese army and was one of the last Americans to be helicoptered out of Saigon.

And Ed Ruckle, United States Air Force, retired , interviewer with the Veterans History Project and Veterans Tributes-Honoring Those Who Served by recording their stories.