(Stars and Stripes)

Longtime Military Matters co-host Jack Murphy delivered his final interview for the show in last week’s episode.

Now Military Matters itself is approaching the end of the road. But this Fast Take is not goodbye — the show will continue through September with new episodes, as host Rod Rodriguez made clear.

“You might hear some episodes that we are updating,” Rodriguez said, “regardless of which, we have an obligation and we are going to fulfill that obligation and we are not going to compromise the quality of the show one bit. And I'm very proud of everything we've done.”

Rodriguez also reflected on Murphy’s time with the podcast and how he pushed to have him as a cohost. Murphy brought an investigative flair to the show with deep dives into North Korea, Russia and China, as well as closer looks into the cases of Mark Leshikar and Bowe Bergdahl.

“You don't want to be on the other end of the stick when it comes to dealing with investigative journalists like Jack Murphy,” Rodriguez said. “He said it before and I think it's a very poignant feeling, that he's going to cover what you give him to cover. So when it comes to the government, when it comes to special operations, when it comes to the military as a whole, if you're doing something wrong, it's going to be exposed and needs to be exposed.”

You can find Military Matters on Twitter @stripesmmpod.

Follow Rod Rodriguez on Twitter @rodpodrod.

A transcript of the episode can be found here.

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Brian McElhiney is a digital editor, podcast editor and occasional reporter for Stars and Stripes. He has worked as a music reporter and editor for publications in New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Oregon. One of his earliest journalistic inspirations came from reading Stars and Stripes as a kid growing up in Okinawa, Japan.

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