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World War II

Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1

 Executive Order 9066 & Japanese Internments, Part 1

Roughly 122,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens were removed from their homes on the West Coast and incarcerated for much of the U.S. involvement in WWII. See more »

April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance

 April Calahan on France's Fashionable Resistance

Fashion historian April Calahan joined Holly for a talk about the surprising ways that women of France protested German occupation during WWII. See more »

Live From FanX: Nazis, the Occult and Indiana Jones

 Live From FanX: Nazis, the Occult and Indiana Jones

It’s fairly common knowledge that the Nazis were prolific looters and that there was occult interest among the officers of the organization. How weird did things actually get, and how close are the Indiana Jones movies to what really happened? See more »

WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

 WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 2

The duties of the women of the WASP evolved over time, and some of them were quite dangerous. And once the program ended, there were -- and still are -- controversies over whether the women involved should be recognized as military veterans. See more »

WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

 WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft, and potentially free up male noncombat pilots to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Our expert guest reveals that there's so much more to the story, though. See more »

China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid

 China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid

After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the punishment that Japanese forces doled out in China for their part in helping the U.S. was brutal and devastating. From terror occupations to biological warfare, many of China's towns were systematically destroyed. See more »

Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

 Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid was an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the mission was a legend long before his daring efforts in WWII. See more »

Sir Christopher Lee

 Sir Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee wasn’t just a film star – he was, by any account, an amazing man. He spoke multiple languages, was an incredible singer and had fantastic fencing skills. He also had ties to many important historical events and people. See more »

Macario Garcia

 Macario Garcia

Macario Garcia was a Mexican-born soldier who served in the U.S. military in WWII, earning a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. But after his homecoming as a hero, he was involved in an incident which launched a debate about racial discrimination. See more »

The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

 The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

We love to talk about shipwrecks, but Violet Jessop was a shipwreck survivor -- several times over. She traveled the world aboard some of the most famous ocean liners of all time. See more »