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Preble Hall Podcast

A naval history podcast from Preble Hall - the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to more current events. 

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Latest Episode

EP20: Baseball and the Navy

28:57
Feb 19th, 2020

Megan Churchwell, Curator of Bremerton's Puget Sound Navy Museum, discusses their recently concluded exhibit "When Baseball Went to War," a history of baseball and the Navy from the 1860s through the end of World War II.

Past Episodes

Feb 11st, 2020
EP19: The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War (45:21)
Hampton Roads Naval Museum Director John Pentangelo and Director of Education Laura Orr discuss the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and the special exhibit currently on display in Norfolk.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP18: Sink the Montana! Part II (40:06)
Episode Summary In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP17: Sink the Montana! Part I (49:56)
In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Jan 30th, 2020
EP16: The Legend and Reality of Philo McGiffin (53:32)
Philo McGiffin was not a mythical graduate of the US Naval Academy, but a real life 19th century student who became a Chinese naval officer, superintendent of the Chinese Naval Academy, and commanded a Chinese warship at the Battle of Yalu. In this episode, museum curator Grant Walker discusses McGiffin's legend and life and exhibit designer Bill Rogers explains how the special exhibit on McGiffin was conceptualized and designed.
Jan 25th, 2020
EP15: Wings on the Severn: Naval Aviation in Annapolis, 1911-1961 (47:32)
What was the real birthplace of U.S. naval aviation? Ken Sabel discusses its birth and growth at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Station in Annapolis.
Jan 19th, 2020
EP14: Royal Navy Incidents at Sea, 1939-40 with Dr. Alexander Clarke (50:54)
The Royal Navy is associated as an organisation with a code of honour, a high moral standard and a rule based conduct. Yet in four key episodes; the Tsingtao Incident, the Battle of the River Plate, the boarding of the Asama Maru and the Altmark Incident the RN either ignored, flouted or used force majeure to disregard International Law, Maritime Convention or pre-existing standard… most of which had either been written or heavily influenced by Britain and the RN in the first place.
Jan 11st, 2020
EP13: Navy Boat Models: Craftsmanship, Techniques & Technologies (44:36)
Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum discusses the craftmanship, technologies and history behind boat model construction and restoration.
Jan 3th, 2020
EP12: Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy and North Atlantic Station with Dr. Chris Rentfrow (39:51)
In the post-Civil War period, the U.S. established a squadron on the Atlantic Coast. Dr. Chris Rentfrow discusses how it evolved and the role of squadron exercises.
Dec 31st, 2019
EP11: Historical Eras of U.S. Navy Innovation with Dr. Jerry Hendrix (51:07)
Dr. Jerry Hendrix, former Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, discusses the 1890s, the Interwar Years, and the 1950s as historical eras of innovation for the United States Navy
Dec 30th, 2019
EP10: Britain, the Royal Navy and the Barbary States with Dr. Caitlin Gale (55:32)
While the U.S. Navy was fighting off Tripoli (1801-1805), the Royal Navy had larger concerns in a great power competition. Dr. Caitlin Gale discusses British diplomacy and the Barbary States and Royal Navy operations.
Dec 21st, 2019
EP9: The Battle of Port Gamble with J. Overton (31:54)
The Battle of Port Gamble is a little known story of an 1856 naval action in the new Washington territory. Our guest discusses the battle and lessons learned for the 21st century with non-state actors and right-sized ships.
Dec 11st, 2019
EP8: The Anglo-Dutch Wars (44:23)
Grant Walker, one of the curators at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and author, discusses the 17th century Anglo-Dutch Wars.
Dec 7th, 2019
EP7: Episode 7: Jet Girl (41:35)
CAROLINE JOHNSON was an F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the US Navy. During her deployment aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, she flew missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and was one of the first women to neutralize ISIS. Later during her Navy career, Caroline became a Senior Leadership instructor at the United States Naval Academy. She is now a professional speaker in the private sector.
Dec 2nd, 2019
EP6: The USNA Honor Concept, Rickover, & Naval Leadership (29:07)
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman interviews Vice Admiral James Sagerholm, President of the Class of 1952 who, with others, created the honor concept in 1951 that is still in place today. VADM Sagerholm also discusses his own experience with Admiral Hyman Rickover.
Nov 25th, 2019
EP5: History of Maritime Irregular Warfare (47:58)
Navy Lieutenant Kai Cumpston of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses a history of irregular warfare in maritime operations from Sir Francis Drake to Underwater Demolition Teams of World War II.
Nov 19th, 2019
EP4: Marines in the Spanish-American War (38:59)
Captain Marko Stawnyczyj, USMC, of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses the Marine Corps in the post-Civil War period with focus on operations during the Spanish-American War. Also discussed is the Battle of Cuzco Well and educating midshipmen through an archeological survey of the battle site in 2018.
Nov 10th, 2019
EP3: The Tripoli War with guest Dr. Abby Mullen (51:11)
From 1801-1805, the United States Navy conducted its first major, sustained operations against Tripoli. Dr. Abby Mullen from George Mason University discusses the major events, characters, and activities in that conflict.
Nov 6th, 2019
EP2: The Punic Wars and Experiential Learning with guest Prof. Kelcy Sagstetter (40:58)
Professor Kelcy Sagstetter discusses the causes, battles, and outcome of the First Punic War and how those lessons can be taught outside of a classroom environment.
Oct 29th, 2019
EP1: Nelson, Gunners & Impressment with guest Kate Jamieson (50:41)
University of Exeter graduate student Kate Jamieson joins us to discuss Admiral Nelson, Trafalgar, Impressment, and her research on gunners in the Royal Navy.




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