The Battle for the Philippines, Part 2



Ten days ago, on March 6, 2018, the number of downloads of this podcast reached 100,000!  Yes, in the twenty months since the podcast was launched, people have listened to or downloaded episodes 100,000 times.  Thanks a million for your support!

The latest episode finishes what we started in Episode 38, the Japanese invasion of the Philippines during World War II.  Although the Japanese win again, as they have in other recent episodes, it takes them five months to conquer the islands, because both the Americans and Filipinos were united in resisting them.

The History Fangirl Interview



This episode is a break from the narrative usually presented.  Recently I was interviewed by Stephanie Craig for another podcast, History Fangirl, to give the historical background behind Thailand and Bangkok.  On the page hosting this episode is a link to the interview on; check it out to learn about the other places Stephanie has visited.

Japan Goes South



Normally I upload new episodes of my podcast on the 1st and 16th days of each month, but because February is the shortest month, I am giving you the second episode a day early.  For Episode 39 we will see how the Japanese conquered most of Indonesia, an area the Dutch had dominated for more than three centuries, in only three months.

The Battle for the Philippines, Part 1



Yesterday Dan Carlin, the "Godfather of history podcasting," presented his latest contribution, and now my latest podcast episode is available!  The podcasters I hang out with do not speak evil of each other’s work, so go ahead and plan your day around listening to Dan’s episode (I certainly will), but I will be happy if you listen to mine, too.

Episode 38 continues on the topic the podcast has been covering since the year began — World War II in Southeast Asia.  This time we will see the Japanese invasion of the Philippines begin, but it won’t finish in this episode; resistance to the Japanese is far tougher here than it was in Malaya and Singapore.  And this episode will also give the biography of the American commander, Douglas MacArthur, up to 1941, because he will be a key figure in the war from this point on.

Japan Strikes, The Fall of Malaya and Singapore



As promised, Episode 37 of the podcast is now available!  In the last episode you heard about Japan invading China, occupying French Indochina, and bombing Pearl Harbor.  Now this episode covers the 1941 Japanese invasion of Thailand, Malaya, and Singapore.  Are you ready?

Prelude to the Pacific War


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Happy New Year!  To begin 2018, the podcast will cover the course of World War II in Southeast Asia.  For this episode, we will start by looking at the events in the early twentieth century that motivated Japan to conquer most of East Asia and the western Pacific, and we will finish with the event that brought the United States into the war, the attack on Pearl Harbor.

French Indochina, Part 4



This is the last episode in the French Indochina mini-series (the others are Episodes 25, 26 and 34), and the last episode for 2017.  Here we wrap up by looking at the development of nationalist movements in Vietnam before World War II, with special emphasis on Ho Chi Minh, who will be the most important nationalist after the war.  And then we will meet the Cao Dai and Hoa Hao, two new religious sects that got started in South Vietnam in the early twentieth century.