THIS MONTH IN HISTORY
By Paul Letters and Noreen Mir (RTHK Radio 3)
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Each month historian Paul Letters delves back into events from This Month in History. The focus is on modern history, with anaylsis of how historical events shape our modern world. For example, we talked to the US fighter pilot who stepped into the March 1969 conflict between China and the USSR which caused the "Madman" nuclear alert.
||CleanBattle of Hong Kong Special||A one-legged Chinese Admiral and triad vigilantes make the most out of the period during the Battle of Hong Kong when the Imperial Japanese Army held the mainland side of the water and the British/Indian/Canadian/Hong Kong forces retreated within their||12 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1956 – Hungary and Mao||Mao pokes his nose into Hungary in 1956 and concludes, "Eastern Europe just didn’t kill on a grand scale…We must kill." Paul Letters is a historian, journalist, educator and novelist. See paulletters.com for more history, including a daily ‘On-Th||6 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNazis invite USSR into Axis Alliance||Noreen and I visit Berlin in November 1940 where Stalin’s Foreign Minister, Molotov, is wooed by Ribbentrop and Hitler: they want the USSR, already in bed with Germany in the Molotov-Ribbentrop (or Nazi-Soviet) Pact to join the Axis Alliance and carve||31 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSun Yat-sen and the 1911 Chinese Revolution||Noreen and Paul delve into the reasons why China discarded their emperors and empresses for an unemployable medical doctor - and why he handed rule to an opportunist who makes Donald Trump look shy. Paul Letters is a historian, journalist, educator an||23 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump v Clinton v 1960||Noreen and I examine the rhetoric of the first presidential debates, in 1960, compared with 2016 Trump v Clinton. We consider whether 'civility' was or is an important trait in US presidential candidates. (On air I mention an article I wrote on civility||16 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUSA, Taiwan and Mao goes nuclear||We focus on the Taiwan Strait Crises of the 1950s and how close the world came to nuclear war. We see how the tail wagged the dog as little Taiwan bent the US to its will in the 1950s. And, throughout the crisis, we will see how Mao’s provocations ent||10 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMadman Nuclear Alert 1969||We look at war between the two communist giants, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union – a conflict which began in March 1969. And we’re going to be joined by a special guest who, as a US air force pilot, found himself too close for||2 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFilipinos ‘massacre’ Americans / How Chiang Kai-shek threw away China||Our irregular guest historian Bruce Gordon joins us. As well as being an eye witness to the Pearl Harbor attack, a US air force pilot in Vietnam and Korea and - inadvertently - saving the planet from World War III , Bruce was born in the Philippines. He||25 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWW3:Cuba / The living pop star who ‘died’ in 1969 / WW2 China v China v Japan [sic]||Why World War III didn’t happen – when it looked odds on in October 1962. And we look at the three-way war in China in 1940. We investigate the 'evidence' that made the world believe a famous pop star, who is still alive today, “died” in 1969.||19 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJFK v Nixon / Why Japan joined the Axis powers / Sporting cheats||We look at the first US presidential election debate in history, and we’ll see how an afternoon by a hotel pool helps win that election and save humanity from World War III. And we examine what provoked the Japanese to join in alliance with Germany a||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBattle of Shanghai / Mona Lisa||In the first half, we take ourselves to Shanghai in August 1937 and the forgotten battle for the city. We’ll see why Chiang Kai-shek decided to take a stand in Shanghai, making the Battle of Shanghai the first major clash between the Imperial Japanese||5 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChurchill & Chiang / ‘I Have a Dream’ / Best clothing invention||Chiang Kaishek and Winston Churchill in 1940: Churchill the Appeaser and Chiang the Artful? Also, we ask what is it about Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech that makes it so good? And we mention probably the greatest oratory on race delivered||29 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Burma Road: Churchill appeases Japan / A punk band, a writer and God end communism in Eastern Europe / Amelia Earhart’s disappearance||Why did Churchill appease the Japanese in 1940 and close the Burma Road? How did a punk band, a writer and God end communism in Eastern Europe? We look at the great Amelia Earhart, whose aircraft disappeared over the Pacific on July 2nd 1937 - and now||21 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoland to Paris in 1940 / Japanese expansion & Pearl Harbor before ‘Pearl Harbor’ / North Korea invades South: why?||Join us for a trip through June 1940 and June 1950. Get to know the Norwegian whose treachery added his name to the dictionary in at least five European languages. Find out why Mussolini waited until June to join in the war and why that delay helped my||14 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
The guy on the podcast obviously knows his stuff, which in turn makes for an interesting and informative listen. Listening to him reminds you of the presenter Chris Packham, (he's got a touch of the 'Packhams'!) which, love it or hate it, makes for an enjoyable addition to your podcast library. Recommended
Interesting, informative and easy to listen to. Learn more history!
This is a fun podcast which covers an interesting range of events each month.