Episode 64: The First Indochina War, Part 1



Although today is April Fool’s Day, I’m not going to tell a false story here.  Any prank I can think up will be more believable than the crazy stuff making headlines in the real world right now.  That being said, I do have an announcement; Episode 64 of the podcast is now online!  This is a “table-setting episode,” where I introduce the scene and the characters in 1945, at the beginning of the Indochina Wars.  These conflicts lasted more than forty years in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, so consider this the first in a series of several episodes.


Episode 63: Modern Burmese Birth Pangs



It’s that time of the month again!  Yes, I mean that a new episode of the podcast is now available.  This time we will learn about how modern Burma (Myanmar since 1989) became independent.  Although the Burmese do not have to fight the British anymore, their troubles will come in bunches.


Episode 62: The Hukbalahap Rebellion



For the next part of our narrative on Southeast Asia in the postwar/Cold War era, we will look at the Philippines, from 1945 to 1957.  Here independence comes to the islands on July 4, 1946.  Then a communist guerrilla movement, one that fought the Japanese during World War II, turns against both the government and the Americans.  Listen in to find out how a remarkable Filipino beat this challenge.


Episode 61: Who Killed the King of Siam?



I hope you had a good time with the special person in your life on Valentines Day — because that was yesterday.  Now it is time to listen to the latest episode of the podcast!  Today we look at Thailand between 1945 and 1957, as the Unconquered Kingdom seeks its place in the postwar, post-colonial world.  Also, we learn of the unsolved mystery around the assassination of King Rama VIII.


Episode 60: The Indonesian War of Independence



Later this weekend, we will have the third largest religious holiday in America, after Christmas and Easter.  Yes, I am talking about Superbowl Sunday.  So don’t wait, the latest episode is available now!  This episode begins our look at the conflicts in Southeast Asia during the Cold War era, by covering Indonesia’s struggle for independence, from 1945 to 1949.


Episode 59: Nationalism Triumphant


Here is the first podcast episode for 2019.  New years mean new beginnings, and because the previous episode finished what this podcast had to say about World War II, we will be making a new beginning here.  This episode is an introduction to the events that happened between 1945 and 1990, a time called both the Cold War era and the Age of Nationalism.