Key Battles of American History Episodes

Show notes for all the latest episodes of Key Battles of American History.

Show notes for all the latest episodes of Key Battles of American History.


Bonus Episode – Gung Ho! (with Steve Guerra)

James and Steve Guerra, host of the Beyond the Big Screen Podcast, discuss the 1943 war propaganda movie Gung Ho!, which is loosely based on the formation and first combat action of the elite World War 2 Marine unit called Carlson’s Raiders.

Bonus Episode – Truman and the Atomic Bomb (with Richard Lim)

Was President Harry Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary and justified?  In this episode, James is joined by Richard Lim, host of the This American President podcast.  James and Richard break down the various factors that figured into Truman’s decision in an attempt to answer…

CVE Carriers

In this episode (written by Sean McIver), James tells the story of the small but important CVE (or “Jeep”) aircraft carriers, which played an outside role in the Pacific Theater of World War II.  This episode was commissioned by Major Bob McCullough of Early’s Raiders.  For more information on supporting…

Bonus Episode – Who Would You Save?

In this episode, James, Scott Rank (host of History Unplugged), Steve Guerra (host of Beyond the Big Screen and History of the Papacy) and Richard Lim (host of "This American President") discuss the following question: "If you could go back in time and save one person who died prematurely, who…

Nathan Gorenstein – John Moses Browning

In this episode James interviews Nathan Gorenstein, author of The Guns of John Moses Browning: The Remarkable Story of the Inventor Whose Firearms Changed the World.  Nathan explains how Browning, son of a gun repairman in small-town Utah in the mid-nineteenth century, went on to design many of the most…

Col. Cleland Early on Tarawa

In this episode (James’ favorite), James and fellow podcaster Steve Guerra recreate an interview given in 1989 by James’ father Col. Cleland Early about his experiences as a young Marine who fought in the Battle of Tarawa.  Listen all the way to the end for a special treat! 

Geography and the Battle of Okinawa

In this episode, James again interviews Air Force historian Evan Muxen. This time, we discuss how the geography of Okinawa influenced the battle that occurred there.  While on active duty with the US Army, Evan lived on Okinawa and spent much time investigating sites critical to the battle.  Evan’s personal…

Geography and the Battle of Iwo Jima

In this episode, James interviews Air Force historian Evan Muxen about how the geography of Iwo Jima influenced the battle that occurred there.  Evan has visited Iwo Jima multiple times and even led tours there, and his expert knowledge of the terrain, as well as of the battle itself, provides…

Interview with Greg Jackson

In this episode, James interviews Gregory Jackson, Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University, host of the outstanding History That Doesn’t Suck Podcast, and the voice who introduces this podcast!  James and Greg discuss Greg’s podcast, the disconnect between academia and history podcasting, and the state of history podcasting.  …

US Presidents in WW2 (Part 2)

In this episode, James concludes his two-part series about United States presidents who served in World War 2.  In Part Two, James discusses the wartime service of Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, as well as the near service of Jimmy Carter.  

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