Citizen Soldier

Airing on Chicago Public TV Station WTTW Channel 11, each content-rich 26-minute episode of Citizen Soldier explores topics on military history, affairs, and policy through interviews and panel discussions with scholars, military personnel, and authors, in collaboration with national sponsors.

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Keynote Discussion with 2019 Pritzker Literature Award Recipient Dr. John Morrow, Jr.: Overlooked Aspects of the Battle of the Bulge

2019 Literature Award recipient, Dr. John Morrow, Jr. discusses some of the lesser-known aspects of the Battle of the Bulge in honor of its 75th anniversary.

Keynote Discussion with 2018 Pritzker Literature Award Recipient Dennis Showalter

Nick Mueller interviews Dennis Showalter on receiving the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium. The Pritzker Military Museum…

War & Society: Peter Paret & Gerhard Weinberg

Renowned military historians and past Pritzker Literature Award recipients, Peter Paret and Gerhard Weinberg, discuss the interdependent relationship between war and society.

Citizen Soldier in the American Revolution

Expert panelists on the American Revolution explore the role of George Washington in the American Revolution. Throughout the episode, the  panel discusses and describes how General George Washington first established the citizen soldier tradition in…

USS Olympia

From the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War to its final mission to carry the body of the Unknown Soldier from France to the United States in 1921, USS Olympia represents the United States's emergence as a world naval power.

The First World War with Hew Strachan & Anthony Beevor

In this episode of Citizen Soldier, the preeminent scholar of WWI, Sir Hew Strachan, sits down with WWII historian Sir Antony Beevor to discuss the world’s first truly global conflict.

Enemy in the Vietnam War: Tim O'Brien & Karl Marlantes

In this episode of Citizen Soldier, renown authors and Vietnam veterans, Tim O’Brien and Karl Marlantes, discuss the difficult moral questions that go hand-in-hand with military conflicts as well as the concept of dehumanizing the “enemy”. These…

The American Revolution, with David Hackett Fischer & Rick Atkinson

Pulitzer Prize and Pritzker Literature Award winning authors David Hackett Fischer and Rick Atkinson discuss their work as military historians, with a focus on the American War for Independence. Supported by sponsors of the 2015 Liberty Gala.

Capturing the Faces of War: DASPO Photographers in Vietnam

Presented in conjunction with the opening of the Museum & Library's new FACES OF WAR exhibit, veterans of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO) Pacific Detachment discuss the vital role played by these elite special operations…