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Pritzker Military Museum & Library Podcasts

Summary: The Pritzker Military Library, located in Chicago, Illinois, has extensive collections in military history and military fiction, especially those works that illustrate the role of the citizen-soldier. The mission of the library is to build awareness of the importance of the military in our society by facilitating public debate and discussion on the impact of military issues. The Library has an extensive programming schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public. All programs are available as a live webcast and are also archived for later viewing at This master feed will provide all available PML programs including Medal of Honor with Ed Tracy, Front & Center with John Callaway, and Pritzker Military Library Presents series.

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 H.W. Brands: American Colossus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:37

From the beginning, the nation’s commander-in-chief and its capitalists have been uneasy partners in the American enterprise. But for a few decades, it was nothing short of love. In American Colossus, Brands chronicles an age when the railroads led the nation...

 Neil Hanson: Monk Eastman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:51

Heroes sometimes come from unlikely places. One day in 1917, a hero arrived in the New York National Guard by way of a cell at Sing Sing. Monk Eastman had been the most feared gangster in lower Manhattan.

 Donald Stoker: The Grand Design | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:59

In The Grand Design, Stoker charts the evolution of Union and Confederate strategies in the years between Fort Sumter and Appomattox, arguing that victory was not the inevitable result of Northern advantages in population or industry – it came down to the...

 John C. McManus: Grunts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:30

Technological innovations as far back as the chariot and the longbow were supposed to make foot soldiers obsolete, and yet they remain on the battlefield, taking on the hardest and most dangerous jobs under the most miserable conditions. No machine, however...

 Karl Marlantes: Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:23:34

As a young man, returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam, he began writing an epic novel about the war he experienced and the way that combat changes people. More than thirty years later, his work is done. Matterhorn draws from Karl Marlantes’ experience...

 Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF (Ret.): Eyes on the Horizon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:54:00

In Eyes to the Horizon, Myers looks back over his military career, casting particular emphasis on the mistakes he believes were made in the aftermath of September 11th.

 Bruce Gamble: Fortress Rabaul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:51

Fortress Rabaul describes the island’s role during the first year and a half of the war in the Pacific and the stories of the men who fought there, including Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare – who earned the Medal of Honor for turning back an entire wave...

 Medal of Honor Recipient Jon Cavaiani Interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:31:11

For his first few months in Vietnam, Staff Sgt. Cavaiani felt like the war was passing him by. But when the war found him, Cavaiani was ready to prove his courage several times over.

 Robert C. Doyle: The Enemy in Our Hands | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:35

The Enemy in Our Hands begins with the Revolution, when a captured British or Hessian officer could expect a relatively benign experience: housing in private residences or inns, permission to roam up to ten miles, and nothing more severe than having to sit...

 Matt Gallagher: Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:01

Gallagher joined the Army in 2005 and deployed to Iraq two years later with a commission in the armored cavalry. His platoon, nicknamed the Gravediggers, was based out of Saba al-Bor, in the northwest fringe of Baghdad Province.

 David Sears: Such Men As These | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:23

David Sears’ early career included service as a U.S. Navy officer with extensive sea duty aboard destroyer Gearing (DD-710) and a tour of duty as an adviser to the Vietnamese Navy.

 Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred Rascon Interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:10

Almost 34 years after what he described as “ten minutes of hell” in Vietnam, Alfred Rascon received the Medal of Honor from President Clinton.

 Medal of Honor Recipient Alfred Rascon Interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:56

Almost 34 years after what he described as “ten minutes of hell” in Vietnam, Alfred Rascon received the Medal of Honor from President Clinton.

 Robert M. Poole: On Hallowed Ground | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:48

On Hallowed Ground describes the evolution of Arlington National Cemetery and the origins of its most affecting memorials, like the eternal flame at the grave of President John F. Kennedy and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 Medal of Honor Recipient Walter Marm Interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:26:40

Walter Marm received the Medal of Honor outside the Pentagon on December 19, 1966, the first of three that were awarded for heroism in the Battle of Ia Drang.


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