BBC R4 & RA.CC: The Night Witches

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BBC Radio 4RadioArchives.ccMost folks have probably heard of “Rosie the Riveter” the iconic image of women building bombers for America’s bomber pilots – (in fact she’s been adorning our website for nearly two years now). We all know that women did their part in WWII. That’s not new, but did you know that in Russia, during WWII, Soviet women were flying combat missions?

Indeed, the brutal totality that was the Eastern Front during WWII demanded that everyone, men, women and even children were enlisted to fight against the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. I first read about this in Battlefields: The Night Witches a comic by writer Garth Ennis and penciller Russ Braun. BBC Radio 4 recently aired a fascinating documentary on exploits of Russia’s WWII aviatrixes. It is currently available for online listening |HERE| – but, if that link isn’t valid by the time you read this post, fear not, you can also get it via torrent over on RadioArchive.cc.

BBC Radio 4 - Night Witches by Lucy AshNight Witches
By Lucy Ash
1 Broadcast – Approx. 30 Minutes [DOCUMENTARY]
Broadcaster: BBC Radio 4
Broadcast: November 02, 2009
Lucy Ash tells the extraordinary but little-known tale of Russia’s three all-female regiments that flew more than 30,000 missions on the Eastern Front during Second World War. At home they were celebrated as Stalin’s Falcons, but terrified German troops called them the Night Witches. Lucy travels to Moscow and Rostov-on-Don to meet a number of these formidable women, who are now grandmothers in their 80s and 90s. She discovers that their bravery has inspired aerobatic champions, comic book artists and even a Dutch heavy metal band.

BBC R4 has also put up a brief sideshow for this programme, it features period photographs and images from the comic as well as accompanying audio. View that |HERE|

Battlefields: The Night Witches

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Comic News Insider: interview with Garth Ennis

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Comic News InsiderThe folks at Comic News Insider podcast have the one and only podcast interview with Garth Ennis on the internet (as far as I could find). This is a shame. I can find more information about more contemporary authors online than I could ever want. The exception is Garth Ennis.

For my money there’s nowhere near enough Garth Ennis info on the internet. Ideally what I’d like is an official author’s blog, telling me which new Garth Ennis comics are out now in trade paperback. I loves me my Ennis.

Part 1 |MP3| Part 2 |MP3|

Podcast feed:

http://cni.libsyn.com/rss

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The Sofanauts No. 14: Jeff Carlson, Jeremy Tolbert, and Jesse Willis

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The SofanautsItching to hear more Jesse Willis on a podcast?

Ya, I new you were.

Tune in to the newest StarShipSofa spin-off show: The Sofanauts No. 14 to hear what literally makes me cry and why I think Apollo 11 sucks vacuum… This podcasts features me, along with host Tony C. Smith and two other guests (SF author Jeff Carlson and Escape Pod editor Jeremy Tolbert).

Topics discussed:

Barnes & Noble Plans an Extensive E-Bookstore

Amazon’s Kindle fulfilling 1984 by George Orwell

Launch Pad

The Fallout from Last Year’s Locus Magazine Reader’s Poll

Tor.com celebrates the moon landings with guest posts from the cream of SF

Did the Moon landing spoil SF

This week’s picks:

Staked by J.F. LewisNovel: Staked by J.F. Lewis

Valve - Portal (PC)PC Game: Portal

Battlefields Vol. 2 Dear BillyComic Book (in trade paperback): Battlefields Vol. 2 – “Dear Billy” by Garth Ennis and Peter Snejbjerg





Have a listen |MP3| or subscribe to the feed:

http://sofanauts.com/category/podcast/feed

iTunes 1-Click |SUBSCRIBE|

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The SFFaudio Podcast #031 – NEW RELEASES/AUDIOBOOK: Founding Fathers by Robert Bloch

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The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #031 – Jesse (that’s me) and Scott (my buddy) are again joined by Rick Jackson of Wonder Audio. We talk about audiobooks, new and newer, a little about radio drama, throw in some politics, some Canada bashing, and then add in two complete short stories. The first short story is read by me (it is only two sentences long) and the other runs about 40 minutes and is performed by a professional narrator. Enjoy it folks!

Talked about on today’s show:
Full Cast Audio, Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Hugo Nominees, Young Adult novels, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow |READ OUR REVIEW|, The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman |READ OUR REVIEW|, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins |READ OUR REVIEW|, On Basilisk Station by David Weber, Grover Gardner, Shards Of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold, Barayar, The Honor Of The Queen, Paul W. Campbell, Honor Of The Clan by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, Cally’s War, Audible Frontiers, Brilliance Audio, Paperback Digital, Hyperion by Dan Simmons, The Canterbury Tales, The Kick-Ass Mystic Ninjas, Black Library Audio, Warhammer 40,000: Heart Of Rage by James Swallow, Warhammer 40,000: Slayer Of The Storm God by Nathan Long, Infinivox, The Year’s Top Ten Tales Of Science Fiction edited by Alan Kaster, Ted Chiang is awesome, Zombie Astronaut posts 5 adaptations of Knock by Frederic Brown, Earthmen Bearing Gifts, Expedition, Arena, Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men On The Moon by Craig Nelson, Penguin Audio, 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11, Digital Apollo by David A. Mindell, MIT Press, Wernher von Braun, I Aim For The Stars (1960), Ascent by Jed Mercurio |READ OUR REVIEW|, Voyage by Stephen Baxter (and adapted by Dirk Maggs to radio drama), Four Sided Triangle by William F. Temple, Ray Bradbury, Damon Knight, William Coon, The Fabulous Clip-Joint by Frederic Brown, The Alcoholics by Jim Thompson, Audible.com/wonderaudio, Rule Golden by Damon Knight, Worlds Of The Imperium by Keith Laumer, Mark Douglas Nelson, This Crowded Earth and Other Stories by Robert Bloch, overpopulation, James Powell, The Vanishing Venusians by Leigh Brackett, noir, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Lawrence Kasdan, Body Heat (1981), Wolfbane by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth, Plague Of Pythons by Frederik Pohl, Passengers by Robert Silverberg, The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi, Old Man’s War, Zoe’s Tale, The Sagan Diaries, Lord Valentines Castle by Robert Silverberg |READ OUR REVIEW|, Stephan Rudnicki, Greg Margarite, LibriVox.org, Deathworld by Harry Harrison, Philip K. Dick, Andre Norton, William Coon, Amazon Kindle, ebooks, where the great lakes came from, Comics, The Iliad by Homer; Adapted by Roy Thomas, The Punisher: From First To Last by Garth Ennis, The Golden Slave by Poul Anderson, The Lies Of Loch Lamora by Scott Lynch = Lankhmar meets Oliver Twist, Harry Potter, Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert, messiahs, clairvoyance, the dangers of charismatic leaders, Dune, Harkonnen government was poor management, BBC versions of the Falco books by Lindsey Davis, Radio Downloader, the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, The Name Of The Rose (1986), Umberto Eco.

And last, but not least, a complete short story, courtesy of Wonder Audio, by Robert Bloch:

This Crowded Earth and Other Stories by Robert BlochFounding Fathers
By Robert Bloch; Read by William Coon
Approx. 40 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Podcaster: The SFFaudio Podcast
Podcast: July 20th, 2009
A humorous time travel tale.
First published in Fantastic Universe July 1956.

Get more Robert Bloch read by Willam Coon HERE.

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