Monthly Podcast Season Eight

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-Nine: Sybil Kathigasu: Heroine of Malaya
(August 2018)

In 1948, Sibyl Kathigasu became the only Malaysian woman to receive the George Medal for gallantry, the highest civilian honor given by King George VI.  Why did she receive such an honor?  During World War II she actively resisted the Japanese occupation of what was then British Malaya.  As a trained nurse, she provided medical care for members of the guerrilla resistance movement.  She also passed along important information and helped smuggle guerrilla fighters through Japanese held territory.  Captured by the Japanese in 1943, she was repeatedly tortured but never betrayed the other members of the resistance movement.  Her commitment to the Allied cause made her a heroine to the people of Malaya and to the British. (26:33)



Kathigasu
Episode Seventy-Eight: Bataan Survivor
(April 2018)

In April 2018, the Memorial hosted a talk by Dr. Frank A. Blazich, Curator of Modern Military History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and editor of Colonel David L. Hardee's memoir Bataan Survivor: A POW's Account of Japanese Captivity in World War II.  Dr. Blazich gave a fascinating talk about Col. Hardee's POW experience and the research behind Col. Hardee's story.  (43:57)
Bataan Survivor
Episode Seventy-Seven: The Air War in Korea
(January 2018)

The Korean War always generates a lot of questions.  Did MacArthur really want to use nukes?  Did China make use of valuable intelligence from the Cambridge Five?  Where Russian pilots engaging American planes on the Yalu River?  Why was the air war in Korea so restricted?  Or was it?  To discuss these questions, the MacArthur Memorial staff sat down with Dr. Conrad Crane, ‎Chief of Historical Services and Support at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center and author of American Airpower Strategy in Korea, 1950-1953.  (19:04)
Air War in Korea
Episode Seventy-Six: Evaluating Ned Almond
(December 2017)

Ned Almond is regarded as one of the more controversial American generals of World War II and the Korean War. While most historians agree that Almond was talented and had a distinguished combat record, he also openly espoused the idea that black soldiers were less capable than white soldiers. This overt racism has dominated scholarship of his life, but does not help explain why men like George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, and Mathew Ridgway saw him as an asset.  To help unpack this complicated story, MacArthur Memorial staff recently discussed Almond’s career with Dr. Michael Lynch, a research historian at the US Army Heritage and Education Center. 

Ned Almond
Episode Seventy-Five: John Bulkeley and the Escape From Corregidor
(November 2017)

1942 was an eventful year for the United States military. To mark some of the interesting and important events that happened that year, the MacArthur Memorial and the Hampton Roads Naval Museum hosted a 1942" symposium in October 2017. At the symposium, Pete Bulkeley, son of the skipper of PT-41, discussed his father's role in MacArthur's escape from the Philippines. (24:01)
1942 Symposium