in the hometown of history's greatest war correspondent

The Ernie Pyle WWII Museum Podcast

Doug Hess shares with you pieces of Ernie Pyle’s life from his humble beginning on an Indiana farm to becoming a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist and war correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during WWII. The podcast is presented by Goose Creek Productions and JLJ Media.

Episode 50

Remembering Ernie Pyle's IU Ties (part 1)

In this episode, we examine Ernie Pyle ties to Indiana University-Bloomington where he attended college as an undergraduate. Listen.

Episode 48
Shattered Jade

In this episode, I spoke with author Larry Alexander to discuss his latest book “Shattered Jade: A Novel of Saipan.” Listen.

Episode 46
Wings of War

In this episode, I spoke with authors David and Margaret White about their book “Wings of War: The World War II Fighter Plane that Saved the Allies and the Believers Who Made It Fly”. The incredible, untold story behind the rise of the P-51 Mustang, the WW II fighter plane that destroyed the Luftwaffe and made D-Day possible. Listen.

Episode 44
'They just lay there, blinking.'

In this episode, I read an article Pyle wrote that was published on Saturday, April 21, 1954 titled “They Just Lay There, Blinking.” Listen.

Episode 42
The Ghost Army of WWII

In this episode, I discuss author Rick Beyer’s book “The Ghost Army of World War II” about a handpicked group of young GIs in 1944 who landed in France to conduct a secret mission. Listen.

Episode 40
In the movies

In this episode, I read an article from Ernie Pyle from wartime columns from Wednesday, February 14, 1945. Liston.

Episode 38
"Task Force Hogan"

In this episode, I spoke with author William R. Hogan about his book “Task Force Hogan: The World War II Tank Battalion That Spearheaded the Liberation of Europe.” Listen.

Episode 36
"Passionate Mother, Powerful Sons"

In this episode, I spoke with author Charlotte Gray on her book “Passionate Mother, Powerful Sons: The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt.” Listen.

Episode 34
"The Rifle"

In this episode, I interviewed Andrew Biggio about his book “The Rifle.” Tales of American combat and comradery in World War II all connected to the iconic rifle of the era, the M1 Garand. Listen.

Episode 32
"The Devils Will Get No Rest: FDR, Churchill and the Plan that Won the War." 

In this episode, I spoke with author James B. Conroy about his book “The Devils Will Get No Rest: FDR, Churchill, and the Plan That Won the War.” Listen.

Episode 30
"The Soldier's Truth: Ernie Pyle and the Story of World War II" 

A talk with David Chrisinger, author of a beautiful reckoning with the life and work of the legendary journalist Ernie Pyle, who gave World War II a human face for millions of Americans even as he wrestled with his own demons. Listen

Episode 28
Dominic Frisby

In this episode, I spoke with Dominic Frisby about his award-winning podcast Kisses on a Postcard. It tells the story of two young boys during WW II that try and escape the bombings of the Germans. Listen.

Episode 25
'About my books'

In this episode, I read from wartime columns (Tuesday, February 13, 1945), It is titled About My Books. In writing about his writing, Pyle showed elements of both ego and modesty.  Listen.

Episode 23

Author David Fisher, "The War Magician"

Based on an extraordinary true story and soon to be a major film produced by and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The War Magician is the remarkable tale of the man who used the powers of illusion to fight the Nazis. Listen.

Episode 21
Author Larry Alexander

In this episode I speak with author Larry Alexander about his last book “76 Hours A novel of Tarawa”. While this is a work of fiction the events regarding the 76 hours of Tarawa is true. Listen.

Episode 19
Under fire at the beachhead at Anzio

In this episode I have read a little from an article Ernie Pyle wrote about regarding the beachhead of Anzio. Listen.

Episode 11
First year tour guide Drew Hess

Episode 9
Judith Mackrell, author of "The correspondents: Six Women Writers on the Front Lines of WWII"

Episode 7
Indiana State University Professor Christopher Fischer

Episode 5
National Ernie Pyle Day

Episode 3
Ray Boomhower, "The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle"

Episode 1
Who was Ernie Pyle?

Episode 49
"Patton's Prayer" with Author Alex Kershaw

In this episode, I spoke with author Alex Kershaw regarding his book “Patton’s Prayer: A True Story of Courage, Faith, and Victory In World War II.” Listen.

Episode 47
'Killing is all that matters'

In this episode, I read the column, Pyle explains how servicemen going into battle will be changed by the experience. Listen.

Episode 45
Author Ronald Drabkin

In this episode, I spoke with author Ronald Drabkin on his book “Beverly Hills Spy The Double-Agent War Hero Who Helped Japan Attack Pearl Harbor.” Listen.

Episode 43
Dr. James Holsinger on General Patton's 'Tactician' 

In this episode, I spoke with Dr James Holsinger on “Patton’s Tactician: The War Diary of Lieutenant General Geoffrey Keys.” Listen.

Episode 41
Mapping and engineering the war

In this episode, I read one of Pyle’s columns about use of maps during . Listen.

Episode 39
Author Greg Fontenot

In this episode, I spoke with author Greg Fontenot regarding Ernie Pyle. We also spoke about his book “No Sacrifice Too Great: The 1st Infantry Division in World War II.” Listen.

Episode 37
"Patton's War Volume 1" 

In this episode, I discuss the book “Patton’s War Volome 1” with author Kevin M. Hymel. Listen.

Episode 35
"V is for Victory"

In this episode, I spoke with New York Times bestselling author Craig Nelson  regarding his latest book ” V is for Victory.” Listen.

Episode 33
"Patton's Way: An American General's Combat Leadership"

In this episode, I spoke with author Kevin M Hymel regarding his book “Patton’s War: An American Genera;’s Combat Leadership.” Listen.

Episode 31
"Patton Battling with History"

In ths episode I spoke with author Furman Daniel regarding his book “Patton Battling With History.” General George S. Patton Jr. is one of the most successful yet misunderstood figures in American military history. Listen.

Episode 29
Author Shannon Schmidt on First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

In this episode, I discuss with author Shannon McKenna Schmidt her book “The First Lady of World War II: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Daring Journey to the Frontlines and Back.” Listen.

Episode 27
10 Things I learned about Ernie Pyle

James Lott Jr leads this episode about the 10 Things He’s learned about the legendary Ernie Pyle! He also wants to thank Doug Hess (Regular host) for his hard work and the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum for their partnership! Listen.

Episode 24
'Angels Against the Sun: A WWII Saga of Grunts, Grit and Brotherhood"

In this episode I spoke with author James M Fenelon regarding his book “Angels Against The Sun: A WWII Saga of Grunts, Grit, and Brotherhood.” Listen

Episode 22
Ernie Pyle one-man show performer Rick Plummer

In this episode, I had a conversation with Rick Plummer who for 20 years played a one-man show about Ernie Pyle. Listen.

Episode 20
Ernie Pyle's personal items

In this episode we listen to a few personal items that Ernie wrote about on Monday, February 12, 1945. They focus on his father and Aunt Mary. Listen

Episode 18
"Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions"

In this episode, I discuss with author Carole Engle Avriett on her book “Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions.” Americans revere elite combat units, but one of these noble bands has been unjustifiably forgotten—until now. Listen

Episode 10
IU Professor Austin Francalacia

Episode 8

Steven Casey ,author of "The War Beat, Pacific: The American Media at War Against Japan"

Episode 6
Alexander G. Lovelace, "The Media Offensive: How the Press and Public Opinion Shaped Strategy during WWII"

Episode 4
Martha Bolton, "Dear Bob: Bob Hope's Wartime Correspondence with the G.I.s of WWII"

Episode 2
Florida State University Professor G. Kurt Piehler