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Hundreds of letters, written between brothers fighting in the Pacific during World War II. Almost one a day, for every day of the war.

The letters detail everything from the monotony of training, to the struggles of the Great Depression back home, to the prospects for the Chicago Cubs, and ultimately the horrors of some of the most intense and significant battles of the war in the Pacific. In this podcast, you’ll hear the story of these brothers — the Eyde brothers — and of World War II, as told through their letters, in their own words.

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Bringing the letters to life are modern U.S. military veterans. At key moments in the story, we’ll talk to them about how these letters compare to their own experiences — what’s universal about war and what’s changed. How they felt reading the words of these men who fought some 70 years ago. And why everyone who picks up these letters feels like the Eyde brothers become a part of their family.
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» How the story came together

Artwork by Bill O'Leary, Matt McClain and Ricky Carioti. Reported and hosted by Dan Lamothe. Voice actors: Michael Ball, Zachary Burgart, Jeff Chiang, Brendan Wentz and Rachel Zeigler. Produced by Carol Alderman along with Julie Vitkovskaya and Jessica Stahl, with contributions from Ashleigh Joplin, Dalton Bennett and Bridget Reed Morawski for The Washington Post

Episodes:
Updated: January 3, 2018

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December 1, 2017
An introduction
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December 6, 2017
1941: The calm
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December 13, 2017
1942: The start
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December 13, 2017
Discussion: Part I
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December 20, 2017
1943-1944: Battles
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December 27, 2017
1944-1945: The end
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December 27, 2017
Discussion: Part II