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Oct 14, 2021

We're continuing our look at the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the three episodes that cover Peleliu.

Episodes we're covering today:

5. Peleliu Landing
6. Peleliu Airfield
7. Peleliu Hills

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Sep 28, 2021

Today we're kicking off a three-part series on the HBO miniseries The Pacific by looking at the first four episodes.

Episodes we're covering today:

1. Guadalcanal/Leckie
2. Basilone
3. Melbourne
4. Gloucester/Pavuvu/Banika

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Sep 14, 2021

Roland Tec's mother, Nechama, wrote the book that 2008's Defiance was based on. He was also a co-producer on the movie, so we'll get to hear some stories from the set as well as the historical accuracy of the movie.


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Aug 27, 2021

The Marquis de Lafayette is a historical figure who has been largely left out of the cultural spotlight. So, instead of looking at a single movie, we'll instead look at a few different depictions of Lafayette with podcaster, historian and author Mike Duncan.

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Aug 4, 2021

Today we'll hear from Dr. Larson, the historical consultant on the 2019 movie Harriet about the life of Harriet Tubman.


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Get Dr. Larson's book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero

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