Living History with Mat McLachlan

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A special update from Mat about exciting developments in the world of Living History.
Mat is joined by historian Pete Smith to discuss the world of collecting militaria. What is it, why do we do it, and how can you do it too? Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Pete Smith Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to Dr Lachlan Grant from the Australian War Memorial about the vital role played by Australian airmen who served in Bomber Command in the Second World War. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Dr Lachlan Grant Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
A special bonus episode of our new podcast series, BattleWalks, which explores the great battlefields of Europe. This episode features the Sunken Road sector of the Somme battlefield. Subscribe to BattleWalks on Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, or on your favourite podcast app.
Mat reviews the classic Australian film 'Gallipoli', starring Mel Gibson and directed by Peter Weir. How does it rate for both entertainment value and historical accuracy, and has it stood the test of time? Presenter: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to author Kathy Mexted about her new book, Australian Women Pilots, and the incredible tales of daring and adventure that define Australia's female aviators. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Kathy Mexted Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat visits the Australian National Library to examine the maps of Charles Kingsford-Smith, that tell the story of his epic first flight across the Pacific in 1928. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Martin Woods Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Our new podcast series, Battle Walks, which takes you across the great battlefields of Europe, is launching on November 4! In this episode, Mat speaks to co-host Peter Smith about exploring military history by walking the ground. Subscribe to Battle Walks on your favourite podcast app. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Peter Smith Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat travels to the UK National Archives to examine the original document signed by Guy Fawkes confessing his role in the attempt to blow up Parliament in 1605. The date of the 'Gunpowder Plot', November 5, is still celebrated in Britain as Guy Fawkes Night. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to historian Dr Aaron Pegram about the fascinating items relating to the Red Baron featured in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Dr Aaron Pegram Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
In the 1830s British woman Dorothy English Paty moved to Newcastle, NSW, with her husband and young family. There she began painting watercolours of the strange and intriguing native plants and flowers she encountered. Today her watercolours are part of the collection of the Australian National Library, and they tell more than just a story of botany and art. They tell the story of an extraordinary pioneering woman, and her life, love and grief in her new home. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Nat Williams Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to historian Alexandra Churchill about the Great War Group, her new online community that aims to give new perspectives on the First World War. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Alexandra Churchill Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
This week marks the 49th anniversary of the Battle of Nui Le, Australia's last major battle of the Vietnam War. To commemorate the anniversary, here is a special replay of the interview Mat conducted with veteran Gary McKay, who was a platoon commander in 4RAR in Vietnam. Gary was badly wounded during the battle, and was awarded the Military Cross for his leadership and courage. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Gary McKay MC Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to author and historian Richard van Emden about the 270 Great War veterans he interviewed in the 1980s and 1990s, and how their words and photographs have influenced his understanding of the First World War. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Richard van Emden Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to battlefield historian John Anderson about British soldiers trapped behind German lines in the First World War, who were sheltered at great risk by French and Belgian families. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: John Anderson Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat visits the State Library of NSW to examine an extraordinary collection of century-old photographs, which tells the story of one of Sydney's earliest and most significant burial grounds. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Elise Edmonds Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to historian and battlefield tour guide Jo Hook about the Battle of Mont St Quentin, claimed to be one of the 'finest Australian feats' of the First World War. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Jo Hook Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
In the latest in our series of walks across the battlefields of the First World War, Mat takes us to Passchendaele, scene of one of the most horrific battles of the war. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
This week Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for an act of valour that occurred in 1942. In this episode, Mat speaks to historian David Howell about this unique decision, and the actions that led to Teddy losing his life, but winning our greatest gallantry award. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: David Howell Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
On the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mat speaks to historian Richard B. Frank about new evidence that exposes just why America dropped the bombs. Were the Japanese ready to surrender before the bombings? How was the Soviet Union involved in ending the war? What role did code-breaking play in revealing Japan's final plans? Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Richard B. Frank Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to music producer and former Capital Records CEO Andrew Slater about his new documentary, 'Echo in the Canyon', which tells the story of the music scene in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon in the mid-1960s. The music of the Byrds, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, Buffalo Springfield and more is brought to life through interviews with original bandmembers and new musical interpretations of some of the biggest songs of the 60s. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Andrew Slater Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat is joined by WW2 historian James Holland to discuss 'Greyhound', the new Tom Hanks movie that tells the story of an American destroyer doing battle with U-Boats in the mid-Atlantic in 1942. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: James Holland Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Battlefield historian Peter Smith joins Mat to discuss the Battle of Fromelles, the most costly 24 hours in Australian military history. On this terrible day, 5533 Australians were killed, wounded or captured.  Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Peter Smith Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
In this special episode, Mat is interviewed by Adam Blum about the Battle of Pozieres, which was fought as part of the Somme campaign in July and August 1916. In six weeks of brutal fighting, more than 23,000 Australians were killed or wounded, making it the most costly battle in Australian history. Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Mat McLachlan Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
Mat speaks to historian Michael Tyquin about the role of animals on the battlefields of the First World War, and the bonds they formed with their human comrades. Presenter: Mat McLachlan Guest: Michael Tyquin Producer: Jess Stebnicki For more great history content, visit www.LivingHistoryTV.com, or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/LivingHistoryTV Don't forget to subscribe and review the podcast!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Mat McLachlan
Podcast Status
Potentially Inactive
Started
Nov 24th, 2017
Latest Episode
Jan 14th, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
172
Avg. Episode Length
36 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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