Episode 6: Pseudoscience, the occult and the rise of Nazi Germany
In this episode of Military Matters, cohost Jack Murphy talks with Dr. Eric Kurlander, author of "Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich," about the Nazi obsession with the occult and how Hitler convinced a country to abandon science for the allure of mysticism.
Fast Take: A hypothetical war with China
In this Fast Take episode of Military Matters, cohosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy revisit their three-part series about a hypothetical future war with China, taking into account the history of past U.S. wars — especially the just-concluded, 20-year Afghanistan War.
Episode 5: The rise of China, part three — war with China
Military Matters’ previous episodes on the growing threat from China examined the country’s rise as a global leader and its efforts at espionage against the United States. In the third and final episode of the series, co-host Jack Murphy and guest Roger Cliff take a look at the worst-case scenario: war.
Fast Take: An inside look at the fall of Afghanistan
In this Fast Take episode, host Rod Rodriguez talks with Daniel, a U.S. Special Forces service member and intelligence professional who was working in Afghanistan and was recently evacuated. Daniel, whose name and voice were changed to protect his safety and to avoid retribution, shared his thoughts about why Afghanistan fell the way it did, the chaos at the U.S. embassy in Kabul and what he thinks will happen next.
Episode 4: On the ground at the Battle of Kunduz
With the Afghanistan War drawing to a close, Military Matters co-host Jack Murphy examines one of the conflict’s most controversial episodes: the closing days of the Battle of Kunduz in 2015 and the U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed at least 42 people.
Fast Take: Afghanistan, Chinese espionage and what it means to ‘win’ a war
This Fast Take addresses the rapidly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, as well as last week’s episode, which shed light on misconceptions about China’s intelligence operations.
Episode 3: The rise of China, part two — Chinese espionage
Military Matters co-host Jack Murphy continues with the second of his three-part series on the rise of China. Matthew Brazil, a former intelligence officer with the U.S. Army and co-author with Peter Mattis of the 2019 book, “Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer,” joins Murphy to examine the past and present of Chinese intelligence operations.
Fast take: How China could become an existential threat
In this Fast Take episode of Military Matters, co-hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss Murphy’s interview with former CIA analyst Gail Helt in last week’s episode, and examine how China could become an existential threat to the U.S.
Episode 2: The rise of China, part one
Military Matters co-host Jack Murphy will examine the rise of China in a three-part series that kicks off this week with an interview with former CIA analyst Gail Helt.
Fast take: Can the military lead the way in progressive ideas?
In this Fast Take episode of Military Matters, co-hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy continue the discussion about critical race theory and “wokeness.”
Season 4 premiere: Critical race theory and a 'woke' military
In the Season 4 premiere episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez discusses “wokeness” and critical race theory in the military with guests, Brian “BK” Kimber, Air Force veteran and host of the weekly podcast, “World News with BK,” and John Witte, professor emeritus from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the departments of political science and the Robert La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Looking back at Military Matters' third season, and what comes next
With the addition of co-host and former Special Forces member Jack Murphy, the podcast tackled everything from extremism in the ranks, to mold and other issues in military housing, to the disappearance of former West Point cadet Maura Murray.
Episode 10: A former West Point cadet vanishes without a trace
Former West Point cadet Maura Murray disappeared in a small New Hampshire town 17 years ago, and the case continues to stump investigators and the Murray family. On this week’s Military Matters, co-host Jack Murphy speaks with Maura’s sister, Julie Murray.
Fast take: Vaccine skepticism among service members and other COVID unknowns
This week's episode looks again at the U.S. military vs. the vaccine, including Fort Carson's different approach to the skepticism: A flyer examining 12 reasons service members have been reluctant with responses to each.
Episode 9: Service members vs. the vaccine
All Department of Defense personnel and beneficiaries have been eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as of April 19, but many service members have declined to take it.
Fast take: Artificial intelligence, coming to a battlefield near you ...
Virtual reality is rapidly changing how the U.S. military conducts training, and artificial intelligence is a key component in creating a truly immersive virtual training experience. But what exactly will AI’s role be on the battlefield of tomorrow?
Episode 8: The US military is betting big on virtual reality
The future is now for virtual reality and augmented reality. The U.S. military knows it and is exploring how to best use the technology for training, to stay ahead of adversaries and to keep service members safe.
Episode 7, Part 2: Tenant bill of rights isn’t fixing the problems military families face
In Part 2 of Military Matters' look at the problems with military housing, co-hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the issues with two military spouses who have been in the middle of the fight.
Episode 7: Mold, lead, lawsuits and the troubles with military housing
Military Matters talks with Rachel Christian, who became an advocate after her own military housing nightmare, and Rob Metro, a lawyer who represents a number of families who are litigating for damages against the private companies that manage the housing.