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February 05 2014


Dig Set Spike

Posted In: Episodes Subscribe to the Podcast | View all EPISODES >> Episode 18:Dig Set Spike PublishedAug 28,2009 Click the image to listen to this episode... Other Episodes: ← Plummeting Approval Dam! → Music, Footnotes & Ephemera Start off with a piece from the creepy-ass soundtrack to the creepy-ass movie, The Descent. Move onto the intro to Caledonia by Crogmagnon (a favorite record of 1969 psychedelic nonsense of mine). Then, coincidentally, also from 1969, Gilberto Gil’s “Volks, Volkswagen Blue.” Then a couple things smushed together from Elmer Bernstein’s score for The Great Escape (why not). Then a nice piece from the score to whatdyacallit, that Errol Morris/Robert MacNamara documentary. Then Tuba Concerto II (which you can totally follow even if you didn’t see the first Tuba Concerto) by James Gourlay on the British Tuba Concertos album, but I don’t need to tell YOU that. Couple of notes: first, this escape inspired the movie The Great Escape. They of course, made it an allied escape. And, having produced this episode, I can relate: not only does no one want to sit through an hour and a half about clever Nazis, I found it a little weird empathizing (for the purposes of writing the podcast) with homesick members of the Third Reich–but I just love the thing about the river. I love that they screw themselves. Other thing: the captain in the story was eventually caught in Phoenix, though he lived successfully on the lam for some time. The kicker, however, is if you drank a St. Pauli beer back in the heyday of their questionable/skeezy “you never forget your first girl” ad campaigns with the buxom german barmaid, you helped pay Captain Wattenberg’s salary. He was the head of the St. Pauli brewery for decades. Duration [ 5:02 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Tags: 20th Century, Arizona, Cartography, Nautical, P.O.W., Southwest, Submarines, war, WWII 11 Comments | Leave a Comment 11 Comments on Dig Set Spike ward says: Ah, excellent! As soon as I heard “Gila R.” I knew what to expect… I’ve been by there on many a childhood road trip. Did you know that the German POWs in TX, upon seeing armadillos, were baffled by the creatures that they then named “panzer schwein”? Pretty good stuff. Keep up the good work! Posted on August 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm Colin says: Just wanted to let you know you have some fans. Always checking the site for any updates. Posted on September 2, 2009 at 8:59 am Eremita says: This is wonderful. Thank you. Looking forward to future postings — so will be checking back often. Posted on September 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm blackhawkmath says: My daughter and I love these. She wanted to hear the Kitty Cat Spy and the Messrs. Craft again and again. She is in 8th grade. I am a school teacher and I seek to teach my math classes using history and stories told in the way you do it. Keep up the good work. Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm Susie Gubengar says: Arrggh!! I wish I knew what happened afterwards with those POW’s just for closure!! Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm admin says: Hi Susie, You can click on over to “music footnotes ephemera” page for a little bit of the “what happened next.” thanks for righting in nate Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:10 pm humberto says: what you do is great thank you Posted on September 10, 2009 at 8:09 am Pingback: Listen to the Gears: 10 | newcurator kayentelve says: The rest of the story!http://home.arcor.de/kriegsgefangene/usa/camps_usa/papago_park.html Posted on September 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm Cecille says: your stories are absolutely lovely! Posted on September 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm StevenG says: Great podcast, as someone who is currently living in southern California, the ephemeral nature of the bodies of water during the summer months. Unfortunately, however, the movie “The Great Escape” was not based on this incident but on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill documenting an escape by British officers from Stalag Luft III (near Sagan, Poland) in March, 1944. As in the film, most everyone was re-captured and 50 were shot by the SS. Posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply Other Episodes: ← Plummeting Approval Dam! → http://thememorypalace.us/2009/08/episode-18-dig-set-spike/

August 04 2012


Stuff You Missed in History Class

The Match of Death -- After the Nazis invaded Kiev, a bakery owner asked some Ukrainian soccer players to form a team. Their team was pitted against occupying powers. Many say their crucial victory over the Germans led to their deaths. But how much of the story is true?

April 28 2011


Lale Anderson - Lili Marleen



April 03 2011


Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin on WNYC

"Yale University's Timothy Snyder discusses the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes, and looks at how both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain after World War II, leaving the history of mass killings there in darkness. In Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, he looks at what happened under totalitarianism, when Stalin killed millions of his own citizens and Hitler murdered six million Jews, as well as nearly as many other Europeans." From http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2010/dec/10/bloodlands-europe-between-hitler-and-stalin/ This is the best book I've read on WWII in years, from a reading habit of nearly 100 books. It's a side of the war only glimpse.

September 08 2010


The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII

In the early 1940s, the US Airforce faced a dilemma. Thousands of new airplanes were coming off assembly lines and needed to be delivered to military bases nationwide, yet most of America's pilots were overseas fighting the war. To deal with the backlog, the government launched an experimental program to train women pilots to fly military aircraft. http://www.radiodiaries.org/wasps.html
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