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HISTORY WITH MARK BIELSKI PODCAST

On History with Mark Bielski, tune in to hear Mark discuss history from ancient to modern times with experts in their fields of study, with special attention to the Civil War and WWII. We leave the textbooks behind and delve into the characters, backstories and often the intrigues that drove events throughout history.

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January 18 – Tudor England in the Media

Professor Bill Robison joins Mark to discuss Tudor England and its portrayal in film and TV—especially the series The Tudors and the interpretations of key characters such as Henry VIII, Ann Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Thomas More and Cardinal Wolsey.

January 11 – January Events in American History

The beginning of a new year has often seen major developments in U.S. history.  We review some of the key events such as the Battle of New Orleans and the Emancipation Proclamation.

January 5 – Preview of Upcoming Episodes Early 2018

Mark gives a preview of some of the historical topics he’ll be discussing and the historians who will join him on History with Mark Bielski for the “Spring Semester.”

December 20, 2017 – Christmas During Wartime Part II

This episode reviews some of the happenings that American and Allied soldiers experienced during WWII. There are a few items from the home front and some from where the fighting occurred, as well as a few segments from POWs. For accompanying images click here.

December 14, 2017 – Christmas During Wartime

War brings few joyous moments. Over the years, Christmas time has provided a few glimmers of warmth. From a surprise victory for George Washington, to mules masquerading as reindeer in the Civil War, to a flare-lit soccer game between Brits and Germans in WWI, Mark shares some wartime Christmas memories. For accompanying images click here.

December 8, 2017 – Operation Overlord: D-Day Preparation

Mark discusses Operation Overlord, the planning of the D-Day invasion, on this podcast. It includes excerpts from Dr. Stephen Ambrose’s lectures on Operation Overlord. To see accompanying map and images click here.

November 30, 2017 – Lewis & Clark

Montana historian Hal Stearns joins Mark to discuss Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery. They had their talk at Fort Clatsop, the winter encampment of the Expedition.  The restored fort is near present day Astoria, Oregon on the Columbia River.

November 23, 2017 – The Ghost Army Part II

Writer and filmmaker Rick Beyer returns to discuss in further detail the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and co-authored the book,The Ghost Army of World War II. To see maps and images related to the Ghost Army click here.

November 16, 2017 – The Ghost Army

In this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer visits with Mark to discuss the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and co-authored the book,The Ghost Army of World War II. For additional information about Rick, his book and documentary click here.

November 9, 2017 – D-Day Beach Landings

Guest historian, Marty Morgan, returns to discuss the invasion operations, Omaha Beach landings and actions at Vierville Draw on D-Day. To see accompanying map and images click here.

 

November 1, 2017 – Conspiracy Theories: JFK and Pearl Harbor

On this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Mark interviews historian Marty Morgan on “Conspiracy theories: JFK and Pearl Harbor.” They discuss Lee Harvey Oswald, the new JFK documents being released and conspiracy theories that have revolved around the Pearl Harbor attack.

October 25, 2017 – D-Day Airborne Operations

Mark and guest historian, Marty Morgan, discuss the airborne operations and actions of the American 82nd and 101st Airborne and the British 6th Airborne Divisions on D-Day. This podcast originally aired on the anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 2017. We highly recommend you listen to Mark’s follow up conversation with Marty on the June 21 D-Day Beach Landings podcast, where they discuss the invasion operations, Omaha Beach landings and actions at Vierville Draw on D-Day. To see an invasion map click here.

October 18 – Patton Part II: Post WWII

Kevin Hymel returns for a discussion of Patton’s post-war governance in Germany and the actual story of his fatal accident and death. For additional information click here.

October 11 – General George S. Patton: Early Years and WWII

Kevin Hymel, writer and Patton historian, joins Mark to discuss one of America’s greatest generals. They cover Patton’s background, his early years and his career leading up to and into WWII.

October 4 – Civil War New Orleans: Prelude to Conflict

Mark takes a comparative look at developments leading up to the Civil War and the importance of the city of New Orleans to the Confederacy. To see the additional information discussed in the Podcast click here.

September 27 – Antietam Part II

Gerry Prokopowicz returns to discuss the battle, its consequences and aftermath and the response from both sides. We include Abraham Lincoln’s writing the the Emancipation Proclamation.

September 20 – Antietam Part I

Professor Gerry Prokopowicz joins Mark to discuss the events leading up to the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. We cover the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) that August, Robert E. Lee’s reasons for taking the Army of Northern Virginia into Maryland and the beginning of the battle. For a summary click here.

 

September 13 – Preview of Autumn Historians and Topics

Host Mark Bielski provides information on the background of the historical topics he’ll be discussing and the historians who will join him on History with Mark Bielski this fall.

August 30, 2017 – The Ghost Army Part II

Writer and filmmaker Rick Beyer returns to discuss in further detail the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and co-authored the book,The Ghost Army of World War II. To see maps and images related to the Ghost Army click here.

August 16, 2017 – The Ghost Army

In this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer visits with Mark to discuss the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Rick made the PBS documentary The Ghost Army and co-authored the book,The Ghost Army of World War II. For additional information about Rick, his book and documentary click here.

July 26, 2017 – Part II with WWII Vet Mort Sheffloe

Combat veteran Mort Sheffloe continues discussing his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Mort talks about Operation Cobra and being shot by a German sniper near Brest. To see maps and images click here.

July 12, 2017 – Interview with WWII Vet Mort Sheffloe

In this episode of History with Mark Bielski, Mark is on location in Normandy with a group of graduate students and veteran Mort Sheffloe, who discusses his WWII experiences in Normandy and Brittany in 1944. Some of the interviews took place while walking the sands and in cafés at Utah and Omaha Beaches. To see accompanying map and images click here.

June 21, 2017 – D-Day Beach Landings

Guest historian, Marty Morgan, returns to discuss the invasion operations, Omaha Beach landings and actions at Vierville Draw on D-Day. To see accompanying map and images click here.

June 6, 2017 – D-Day Airborne Operations

On the anniversary of D-Day, Mark and guest historian, Marty Morgan, discuss the airborne operations and actions of the American 82nd and 101st Airborne and the British 6th Airborne Divisions on D-Day. To see an invasion map click here.

May 31, 2017 – Operation Overlord Part II: Deception Plan

In this podcast, Mark covers the grand plan to fool Hitler about the D-Day invasion. To see accompanying maps and images click here.

May 24, 2017 – Operation Overlord: D-Day Preparation

Mark discusses Operation Overlord, the planning of the D-Day invasion, on this podcast. It includes excerpts from Dr. Stephen Ambrose’s lectures on Operation Overlord. To see accompanying map and images click here.

Introduction 

Mark discusses his new podcast, History with Mark Bielski, giving you an idea of what you can look forward to hearing in the coming weeks and months.

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