Hosted by Barbara Harrison with co-host Andrew Carroll
Produced by Barbara Harrison and Celia Straus
Directed by Richard Craig
The BTL podcast is hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Barbara Harrison, who explores centuries of extraordinary letters with New York Times bestselling author Andy Carroll, who has made saving our nation’s war letters his life’s work. More than twenty years ago, Andy launched a national, nonprofit initiative with a mission “to seek out and preserve America’s war letters.” Since that time, Americans have shared with Andy and the organization he founded — the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University — an estimated 150,000 correspondences from every conflict in U.S. history, including handwritten missives penned during the Revolution up to emails from Iraq and Afghanistan. The project is ongoing and correspondences continue to come in.
Throughout the podcasts, Andy shares with Barbara and their listeners fascinating information about the letters featured and heard in each episode, putting them into context – e.g., which wars they’re from, who the letter writers are, and what happened after the letters were posted. Thanks to the generosity of Simon & Schuster’s donation of recordings from the audio versions of two of Andy’s books, listeners will hear the letters (sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes truly hilarious) voiced by A-list actors and other famous individuals including Tom Brokaw, Rob Lowe, Joan Allen, Julianna Margulies, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Stanley Tucci, Hank Williams Jr., B.D. Wong, Noah Wyle, David Straitharn, Adam West, Giovanni Ribisi, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
BEHIND THE LINES (BTL) episodes will be accessible on major podcast platforms, as well as this website, which also includes information about seeking out and preserving additional war-related correspondences from the public (www.WarLetters.us), and, if available, will spotlight photos of the actual correspondences featured in the podcasts and the letter writers, themselves.
BTL presents a rare opportunity to listen to a program that viscerally captures the hearts, minds, and souls of our military service members, veterans, and their loved ones — from the Revolutionary War through today, reminding this generation and those to come of the sacrifices these individuals have made and continue to make for this nation. And, with countless letters to choose from, we anticipate that the program will run for years to come.
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