Letters From War

8 EpisodesProduced by The Washington Post

Hundreds of letters, written between brothers fighting in the Pacific during World War II. Almost one a day, for every day of the war. In this podcast, you’ll hear the story of these brothers — the Eyde brothers — and of World War II, as told through their letters, in their own words. Bringing the l… read more

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An introduction

December 1st, 2017

3:25
About a year ago, a man in Mesa, Ariz. emailed The Washington Post saying he had hundreds of letters written by a single family during World War II. When reporter Dan Lamothe began reading them, he couldn’t put the lette…

1941: The calm

December 6th, 2017

23:08
Meet the Eydes, four brothers from Rockford, Ill., living through the Great Depression. Even with two away at basic training, and Adolf Hitler’s conquest of Europe well underway, war still seemed a remote possibility. Un…

1942: The start

December 13th, 2017

17:22
With the country at war, the Eyde brothers await their fates. Frank and Ralph inch closer to action, as they anxiously try to keep younger brother John away from the front lines.

Discussion: Part I

December 13th, 2017

20:29
The actors in this podcast are all veterans themselves. They join Dan to discuss their experiences reading the letters, and what is universal about the story of the Eyde family.

1943-1944: Battles

December 20th, 2017

17:28
Frank has seen his first combat, as Ralph and John prepare for their own deployments. Facing war has the brothers engaged in intense battles -- both physical and mental.

1944-1945: The end

December 27th, 2017

22:54
Back at home, Ralph and Frank struggle to recover and readjust to civilian life. Meanwhile, as the Allies move towards victory, John’s role in the war is just about to begin.

Discussion: Part II

December 27th, 2017

23:39
The voice actors join Dan to discuss the second half of the story, and how those in the armed services are shaped by their experiences with war.

1946-2017: After

January 3rd, 2018

19:23
The Eyde brothers continued writing each other long after the end of the war. In their letters over the next decades, it’s clear that their experiences in the war changed the course of their lives in dramatic, and in ver…
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