My podcast consists of the “brain drippings” of a NERD that has practiced the martial arts for 47 years and taught them for 43. They weave in and out of a variety of subjects, from granular martial arts “how-to” essays, to the intersection between the martial arts and other fields like philosophy, science, skepticism, language, and history; and with occasional lame attempts at humor! I especially like poking rhetorical pins into misconceptions about the martial arts.
- 220 The Forgotten War Part 9by Jeff Westfall on July 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm
The leaders of the Philippine independence movement had tremendous admiration for the American founding fathers and the government they wrought!
- 219 The Forgotten War Part 8by Jeff Westfall on June 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm
The depth and breadth, the sheer comprehensiveness of Filipino martial technology stands as a shining example, a tribute to defiance in the face of tyranny and oppression!
- 218 The Forgotten War Part 7by Jeff Westfall on May 19, 2020 at 11:51 pm
But it turns out that the Filipino people didn't WANT themselves and their property to be the property of the United States!
- 217 The Forgotten War Part 6by Jeff Westfall on May 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm
On June 12, 1898, the Filipino rebels officially declared independence from Spain, in a document that, ironically, in light of what was to come, drew elements from the American Declaration of Independence.
- 216 The Forgotten War Part 5by Jeff Westfall on April 24, 2020 at 9:18 pm
Pershing was an instructor at West Point when the war broke out, and quickly sought to rejoin his old unit, the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry.
- 215 The Forgotten War Part 4by Jeff Westfall on April 6, 2020 at 9:22 pm
In order to get to Santiago, his troops would need to get past the fortified San Juan Heights on its outskirts, which loomed across their path like a fortified roadblock.
- 214 The Forgotten War Part 3by Jeff Westfall on March 24, 2020 at 11:22 pm
The history of the world in the upcoming decade would have played out quite differently if Teddy Roosevelt had perished on that hot June day in the Cuban jungle!
- Calm Down, People!by Jeff Westfall on March 19, 2020 at 3:08 pm
If there's one thing that can be learned from human history, it's that there is no crisis so bad that it cannot be made worse by our tendency to engage in over-emotional, "monkeys in shoes" behavior!
- 213 The Forgotten War Part 2by Jeff Westfall on March 3, 2020 at 4:10 pm
When you picture a scene from the old west in which the cavalry comes charging to the rescue, in reality at least ten percent of the time those "boys in blue"...were black!
- 212 The Forgotten War Part 1by Jeff Westfall on February 17, 2020 at 2:29 am
The epic story of the relationship between the USA and the Philippines started in war a little over a century ago.