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Welcome to Historic Voices Podcast: Global History and Culture. Learn from the past through voices that made history. The podcast brings voices from the past that make history alive through personal accounts, public speeches, and entertainment programs.  Their voices are political leaders, ordinary citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times.  I provide a short introduction to the recording and another at the end to provide historical context.

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Dec 22, 2016

Bob Hope: The USO’s One-Man Morale Machine

By Ann Oldenburg.  Ann Oldenburg is a Washington area-based freelance writer and former Washington Post and USA Today writer. This story appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of On Patrol, the magazine of the USO. Thursday, Feb 4, 2016

—   Original version of the article can be found online at

He started his career in the 1920s as a vaudeville comedian, but was needed to bring laughter to a different kind of venue. Hope lightened the mood in deadly serious situations. And he thrived on the crowd’s response. “They were just amazing audiences—with their courage and their love of laughter and humor,” Linda said. “I think one can’t be near that in large doses and not be touched. It was always something he felt compelled to do.”