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Adam Graham Presents the War

Joining host Adam Graham on a podcast that explores World War II through Old Time Radio featuring news programs, comedy, drama, and music. The series begins with pre-War programs and takes listeners through the War to Victory and the post-war era.

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Episode 178: Guadalcanal Diary

The Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the 1943 movie about the Marine campaign on Guadalcanal. Original Air Date: February 28, 1944 Click here to add to Itunes.

57mins

15 May 2014

Rank #1

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Episode 020: Pearl Harbor

News reports from December 7, 1941 on Pearl Harbor as well as President Roosevelt’s address to Congress. The March of Time from December 11, 1941 re-enacts the great events of Pearl Harbor and the days following. The program concludes with an episode of the Screen Guild Theatre, Between Americans from December 7, 1941.

1hr 20mins

7 Dec 2013

Rank #2

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Episode 200: D-Day 70th Anniversary Program

News coverage from NBC News. Featuring comments from Kate Smith, King George VI, President Roosevelt, Bob Hope, and Red Skelton. Original Air Date: June 6, 1944 Click here to add to Itunes.

2hr 40mins

6 Jun 2014

Rank #3

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Episode 219: Heroes of the Merchant Marine

Master Mariner Edwin L. Johnson tries to out-maneuver  a German sub in Episode 2 of the series. Master Mariner Carl William Janeke returns to his damaged ship to continue to battle the Nazis in Episode 10. Original Air Dates: 1945 Click here to add to Itunes.

30mins

25 Jun 2014

Rank #4

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Episode 060: The Flying Tigers

A man joins the ace pilots who protected the Chinese from Japanense attacks,  with dollar signs in his eyes, but soon he finds something else to fight for. From the Cavalcade of America. Original Air Date: January 25, 1943

16 Jan 2014

Rank #5

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Episode 218: Bob Hope at Camp Borden

Bob Hope performs for Canadian servicemen at Camp Borden. Original Air Date: September 19, 1944

29mins

24 Jun 2014

Rank #6

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Episode 157: Malta Spitfire

The story of a Canadian pilot who fights to learn to fly and join the RAF. From Words at War. Original Air Date: August 21, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

31mins

24 Apr 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 136: The Ship

C.S. Forester’s tale of a British sea battle in the Mediterranean. From Words at War.  Original Air Date: July 24, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

32mins

3 Apr 2014

Rank #8

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Episode 163: Wings to Victory

A C-54 crashes on an Island occupied by the Japanese. Original Air Date: May 27, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

32mins

30 Apr 2014

Rank #9

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Episode 208: All Western Program

An All Western Program featuring the Andrews Sisters, Roy Rogers, and more. Hosted by Bob Hope. From Command Performance. Original Air Date: June 24, 1944 Click here to add to Itunes.

31mins

14 Jun 2014

Rank #10

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Episode 188: To Your Good Health from the House of Squib

Two episodes of the music show, To Your Good Health from the House of Squibb. Guests Regina Readick and Sylvia Marlowe Original Air Dates: April 5 and May 3, 1944 Click here to add to Itunes.

32mins

25 May 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 061: Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star in this half hour Screen Guild Theatre adaptation of one of the most beloved films of all time Casablanca. Original Air Date: April 26, 1943

17 Jan 2014

Rank #12

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Episode 253: On a Note of Triumph

CBS Special by Norman Corwin looks back at VE Day: Who we defeated, what it costs, what we learned, and how another war can be avoided. Original Air Date: May 13, 1945 Click here to add to Itunes.

59mins

29 Jul 2014

Rank #13

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Episode 156: Nine Men Against the Arctic

Nine men crash over Greenland and are stranded in the Arctic. From Cavalcade of America. Original Air Date: August 2, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

31mins

23 Apr 2014

Rank #14

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Episode 147: Hitler’s Children

An American girl of German descent is taken and forced into the dark world of Hitler’s Germany. From Lux Radio Theatre Original Air Date: May 24, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

1hr 1min

14 Apr 2014

Rank #15

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Episode 169: Rent the Spare Room to a War Worker

Fibber McGee and Molly prepare the spare room for a war worker. Original Air Date: October 5, 1943 Click here to add to Itunes.

31mins

6 May 2014

Rank #16

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Episode 071: This is War

A joint production of all networks laying out the state of America in war from the series, This is War.  Original Air Date:  February 14, 1942 Click here to add to Itunes.

31mins

27 Jan 2014

Rank #17

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Episode 211: Kansas City War Bond Drive

George Burns goes to perform at the Kansas City War bond drive under the belief that he’s Kansas City’s favorite singer when it’s really guest Dinah Shore. Original Air Date: June 13, 1944 Click here to add to Itunes.

32mins

17 Jun 2014

Rank #18

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Episode 057: Dear Adolf

Americans express their opinions to Adolf Hitler loud and clear in these letters to Adolf. Includes opinions of an American work, an American soldier, and a foreign born American. Original Air Dates: July 5, July 26, and August 2 1942

46mins

13 Jan 2014

Rank #19

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Episode 039: Eagle to Britain

The story of men transporting planes to Great Britain in the early day of the US involvement in the war. From Cavalcade of America. Original Air Date: September 21, 1942

32mins

26 Dec 2013

Rank #20