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 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)  
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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)

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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)

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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)
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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)