Tag Archives: Podcast

Podcast: “We Have Ways of Making You Talk”

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(See my other podcast related posts) – I like to listen to podcasts while I am out walking. One of the newer ones I have begun following is “We Have Ways to Make You Talk”. This is a  a production by James Holland and Al Murray. From their website:

Achtung! Achtung! Comedian Al Murray and historian James Holland are creating a new podcast all about the Second World War. We Have Ways of Making You Talk will be a weekly show exploring the war in close up. The two men will tell battlefield tales and bring forgotten events back into sharp focus. If you’re looking for a comprehensive history, marching through events date by date, forget it.  We Have Ways of Making You Talk will roam down forgotten front lines, cast new villains and make the case for unlikely heroes. Each week will also see Al and James bring along a World War Two artifact which will be poked, prodded and examined, before having its full story told. Battle stations!

These are frequently released episodes, but typically only last 10-50 minutes. These two cover all sorts of issues mostly answering questions from listeners. There are more than 80 podcasts ready for you to listen to. If you are interested in WWII history you will find this podcast of interest. Just to give you an idea of what you will find in this podcast, the first few episodes are names are:

  1. The Spitfire, the Major and Monte Cassino
  2. Rations, the Ritz and Nazi FM
  3. Machine guns, Nazi menswear and an Italian massacre
  4. Arnhem, Eastwood and Normandy antics

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

WWII History Podcast: The 6888th Postal Battalion

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(See my other WWII related posts) – While driving across country recently my wife and I listened to several episodes of the Stuff You Missed in History podcast. One that I wanted to share is related to WWII and deals with the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. 

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The 6888th was an all-black Women’s Army Corps (WAC). unit. It was the only all-black, all-female battalion to serve overseas during WWII. The battalion was organized to work through the large backlog of undelivered mail addressed to troops serving in the European Theater. They arrived in England in February of 1945, then later moved their operation to France. 

I thought that this was an interesting story from the WWII era that few had heard about. If you are interested you can find the episode here. 

(Top image “Battalion Commander Maj. Charity Adams and Executive Officer Capt. Abbie Noel Campbell inspect the first Soldiers of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion to arrive in England, February 15, 1945.” from Flickr. The second image “Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d’Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stake“. )


After I released the original post I received this Tweet from Cummings & Cummings LLC (@ccllc2008) and wanted add it to this post:

Support the 6888th Congressional Gold Metal Bill; need #67votes to pass in the #Senate and #290votes to pass the House of Representatives. Eight known #SixTripleEight veterans are still alive


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

  • The “World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Missed in History Podcast: “The Night Witches”

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While traveling with my wife during the past few weeks we listened to several episodes of the Missed in History Class podcast. This particular show was on The Night Witches. Per the Missed in History website:

The Night Witches were an all-female bombing regiment in the Soviet Air Force. Flying biplanes meant for dusting crops and training new recruits, they dropped 23,000 tons of bombs on German forces in WWII.

If you are interested, you can listen to this 32-minute podcast at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/the-night-witches.htm. It gives a view of WWII from a perspective that many have missed.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

The US 1944 Ghost Army

(See my other WWII & Podcast  related posts) – While driving across the country with my wife a week or so ago we listened to several Missed in History Class podcasts. One that I wanted to share was on “The Ghost Army”.

The Ghost Army refers to a special and very secret tactical deception unit, officially named the 1st Headquarters Special Troops. This 1100 man unit was given the mission of impersonating other US units and deceiving the Germans. They participated in more than 20 battlefield deceptions between early 1944 and the end of the war.

The members of the unit were recruited for their artistic and creative thinking skills. They used dummy tanks and artillery, fake aircraft, and giant speakers broadcasting the sounds of men and artillery to make the German forces believe they were facing far larger forces than they were. The unit was kept “Secret” for more than 40 years.

If you are interested in the unit, you can listen to the 34 minute Missed In History Class podcast here.

Recently I read the book “Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis” that goes into this unit further.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 330 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

The “About WWII” page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

A Podcast about Kristallnacht

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(See my other Podcasts  and WWII related posts) – A few weeks ago I listed to the Kristallnacht episode of the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. I listen to Missed in History on a regular basis. It is one of the many podcasts I subscribe to.

This episode dealt with Kristallnacht, the wave of antisemitic violance that occurred across Germany on November 9-10, 1938. The event was named for the shards of glass left littering the streets of Germany after Jewish homes and businesses were vandalized in more than a thousand cities and towns.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find this podcast of interest. You can use the link below to listen to the episode.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 310 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Podcast: “World War II Nation”

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Podcasts – WWII – I listen to many different podcasts and I am very interested in the World War II period of our history. One of the podcasts that I began following a short time ago is from World War II Nation. The most recent episode I have listened to is “Part One: Talking Operation Husky – The Allied Invasion of Sicily 1943” which was released in August of 2018. This is a site that looks at WWII from a British perspective. As they say on their website:

Join us on a journey into the past & present as we set out to explore the history of WW2.

Our travels take us from the Homefront to the battlefields of Europe and beyond.

Travel with us as we revisit historical locations, track down wartime relics, pick the brains of veterans and historians and pay our deepest respects to the greatest generation; as we set out to try and keep this period of history alive for future generations to learn from.

We are not historians and do not pretend to be so, we just have a great passion for WW2 history and are determined to learn as much as we can about this time in history and share our experiences with you, the WW2 Community.

If you are interested in the WWII period of history you may find this podcast very informative. Unlike many podcasts, the WWII Nation episodes come out on an irregular schedule. If you subscribe to this podcast you will not be flooded with episodes, in fact, they have only posted 13 episodes so far since they began in February of 2016.


If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 200 links to museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds (including WWII Nation) with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.

Podcast: “Limetown”

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Podcasts – I do listen to many podcasts. I came across Limetown a short time ago, though it had first appeared in 2015. It is a production of Two Up Productions. Two seasons of six episodes each, with a few short podcasts in between, have been released thus far. The first season was a top podcast in 2015. The synopsis:

Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. American Public Radio reporter Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”

Unlike most podcasts, this is more of a science fiction radio drama. If you like science fiction and podcasts, you might want to give this series a try. The series is available on iTunes.

There is a prequel novel to the podcast also named “Limetown“. If you enjoy the podcast, you will want to read the novel.

The Story of Claude Shannon​ – The Father of Information Theory

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Podcasts – I have mentioned the Internet History Podcast before. It is one of the podcasts that I subscribe and listen to on a regular basis. While the podcast “CLAUDE SHANNON, FATHER OF INFORMATION THEORY” was published back on May 27, 2018, I finally just got around to listening to it today and I wanted to share it.

This episode of the Internet History podcast deals with Claude Shannon. Specifically, it is an interview with authors Jimmy Sony and Rob Goodman. They have published the biography of Claude Shannon entitled “A Mind At Play, How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age“. During the interview, they give a brief glimpse of Shannon’s life.

Shanon was a mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer. he is most noted though for being the ‘father’ of information theory. His 1948 paper “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” laid the groundwork for modern digital communications. Just as important though was his work in digital circuit design theory. His Masters Thesis at MIT demonstrated that electrical applications of Boolean algebra could construct any logical numerical relationship. This is a foundation of modern digital computers.

In information theory, the Shannon–Hartley theorem gives the maximum rate at which information can be transmitted over a communications channel of a specified bandwidth in the presence of noise. This formula, which I saw repeatedly in graduate school, is:

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where (from the Wikipedia page)

 

  • C is the channel capacity in bits per second, a theoretical upper bound on the net bit rate (information rate, sometimes denoted I) excluding error-correction codes;
  • B is the bandwidth of the channel in hertz (passband bandwidth in case of a bandpass signal);
  • S is the average received signal power over the bandwidth (in case of a carrier-modulated passband transmission, often denoted C), measured in watts (or volts squared);
  • N is the average power of the noise and interference over the bandwidth, measured in watts (or volts squared); and
  • S/N is the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) or the carrier-to-noise ratio (CNR) of the communication signal to the noise and interference at the receiver (expressed as a linear power ratio, not as logarithmic decibels).

If you are interested in computers, mathematics or engineering, you might want to dedicate an hour to listen to this podcast.

Tech of the Death Star

Podcasts –  Star Wars – I listened to the two episodes of the Tech Stuff podcast that deal with the Star Wars Death Star earlier this week. These episodes, “Death Star Support Systems” and “Death Star Weaponry”, aired May 7 and May 4 of 2018 respectively.

The host of Tech Stuff looks at the possible propulsion system, artificial gravity, and the main system weapon among other topics and tried to apply a technical explanation as to how they might have (or have not) worked.

As you can tell I am running behind on my podcast listening, but being eight months old did not diminish them in any way. If you are a fan of things Star Wars you may find these podcasts of interest. All of the Tech Stuff podcasts are available through iTunes.

Podcasts: “Apple Context Machine”

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Podcasts – As you may have read on previous posts, I like to listen to podcasts. One that I subscribe to is “Apple Context Machine” hosted by Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin from The Mac Observer. As they say on their website:

The Apple Context Machine is Mac, iPhone, and iPod news and analysis that puts the facts in perspective brought to you with a sense of humor.

This isn’t the program to learn the latest technical details of Apple products, but it does give an interesting perspective on the company and their products. It is one of the programs that I regularly listen to.

If you are interested in the world of Apple, this is a Podcast that you should try.