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Eyewitness History

with Joshua Cohen

Eyewitness History Episodes
"I Was In The Central Intelligence Agency, As An Analyst, Instructor And Supervisor For 15 Years, From 1989 To 2014"
September 20, 2022 - 51 min
Jim Horacek served as an analyst, supervisor, and instructor in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1999-2014. A specialist in the ethnic conflicts that broke out after the break-up of the Soviet Union, his first assignment in the Agency was as an analyst in the Caucasus and Central Asia Group. After 9/11, he volunteered to join the newly created Office of Terrorism Analysis within the Counterterrorism Center (CTC). As an executive assistant in the CTC front office in 2002, he worked on both the internal and external reviews of the events of 9/11 and witnessed the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI’s Counterterrorism Analysis group. He then became one of the first analysts to follow the terrorist network that would become known as ISIS, with its founder Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi, and he served as a senior analyst in the Iraq Group during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2006-2008, he served as a supervisor in both the CTC Weapons of Mass Destruction Group and the National Counterterrorism Center’s CBRN Counterterrorism Group. After a tour as a leadership and management instructor in the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis, he became one of the CIA’s representatives to US Strategic Command in Bellevue, Nebraska in 2011.

Jim resigned from the CIA in 2014 in order to accept a position as a manager in Nebraska Medicine’s Project Management Office. In 2019, he became the lead project manager charged with opening the Nebraska Medicine-UNMC Global Center for Health Security. Jim returned to US Strategic Command in 2021, where he now works as a Sr. Deterrence Analyst in the Plans and Policy Directorate.
Steve Guerra on Freemasonry, The Catholic Church, and the Modern World
September 13, 2022 - 19 min
This is a sample of a recent episode of Steve Guerra's History of the Papacy Podcast ( about Freemasonry, the Catholic Church, and the modern world.
Special Release: "September 11 2001, I Was A Sergeant In The 909 Precinct"; Former Police Officer Gives His 9/11 Experience
September 11, 2022 - 44 min
After his exposure to toxic debris from the collapsed twin towers, Tom Wilson, a former NYPD sergeant on 9/11, recalled his eyes and throat burning.

Wilson secured the Manhattan side of the Williamsburg Bridge on 9/11, conducted security around Ground Zero in the month following, was involved in rescue efforts, and among other assignments, searched rooftops in lower Manhattan for remains. He also combed through the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island for hours at a time into April 2002, sifting and raking through debris for items like bone fragments, rings and personal belongings to bring victims' families closure.
Though cancers weren't yet covered by the World Trade Center Health Program for treatment in 2008, when Wilson was diagnosed, current federal figures note 23,710 program members, including responders and survivors, with at least one cancer, and by 2020, members had 50,611 noncancer WTC-related certifications. As of the end of July of this year, 4,627 program members had died, though data don't indicate the cause of death. According to CDC/NIOSH spokesperson Stephanie Stevens, the most common health conditions seen among responders and survivors include chronic rhinosinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) many types of cancer, asthma, sleep apnea, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.
Wilson went on to endure over one-third of his tongue removed and rebuilt with a skin graft from his wrist, along with two radical neck dissections to remove 39 lymph nodes and place an arterial graft in the neck to supply blood to the new tongue. He is still grappling with long-term effects from subsequent head and neck radiation, and deals with severe pain, dizziness and headaches.
"Steve Jobs Told Me That..."; Apple Co-Founder Gives His First Hand Story
September 6, 2022 - 49 min
Former Apple Co-Founder Ronald Wayne and I discuss getting on the ground floor of Apple, his relationship with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, his experience creating the very first Apple logo, and so much more!
Bonus Episode: Listener Feedback
September 1, 2022 - 4 min
Famed Boxing Announcer Gives Eyewitness Account Of Calling Some Of The Most Historic Matches
August 30, 2022 - 67 min
Barry Tompkins is a 48-year network television veteran. He is a play-by-play broadcaster, a four-time Emmy Award winner, and in 2006 was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his work as a boxing commentator.
Barry was born and raised in San Francisco and began his career in local television at KPIX TV in 1968. Since then he has spent five years at NBC, ten years at HBO, eight years at ESPN, fifteen years at Fox Sports and currently does the ShoBox and Championship Boxing series' for Showtime while continuing to do a full schedule of college football and basketball.
His credits include play-by-play commentary of The Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the NCAA Final Four, eight Olympic Games, The Tour de France, Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open Tennis, the World Gymnastics Championships, World Swimming and Diving Championships, World Figure Skating Championships, and horse racing's Triple Crown, World Cup Skiing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and over 200 World Championship fights.
In addition he has covered the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA golf events, The Indy 500, Baseball World Series, hockey Stanley Cup, and the Soccer World Cup.
Barry spent 35 years associated nationally with Pac 12 Conference football and basketball, and currently does Mountain West Conference football and Mountain West and WCC basketball for Time Warner Cable, Root Sports and Comcast Sports. He is also a weekly contributor on CSN Bay Area's Yahoo Sports Talk Live, a nightly one-hour sports conversation show.
In addition to his broadcasting work, Barry writes a humor column for the Marin Independent Journal and is a contributing columnist for Comcast Sports Net Bay Area. He also teaches Storytelling for Television at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.
He is married to author Joan Ryan. They live in Sausalito, California. They have a son, Ryan who is 24 and are parents to a 3-year old Border Collie-Great Pyrenees mix named Rosie.

World War 2 Veteran Talks Fighting In The Battle Of The Bulge, Concentration Camp Liberation, And So Much More!
August 23, 2022 - 71 min
This episode, I speak with Vince Speranza.

Speranza was drafted into the United States Army on October 25, 1943, and officially entered the service on November 15, 1943. He was sent to Camp Upton in New York where he stayed until he was sent to Fort Benning in Georgia where he trained for the Infantry with the 87th Infantry Division. He volunteered for the Parachute Infantry and was sent back to Fort Benning for training. He was sent overseas with Company H, 3rd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from Camp Shanks on board the Queen Mary. His unit arrived in France and would later fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

Speranza spent 144 days in combat. For his service, and other medals of distinction, He received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. After the war, Vince became a teacher at Curtis High School — most recently, he recounted the events attached to his years in the military in his books, “Nuts! A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne,”.
One Of The Surviving “Lost Airmen” Tells Us How He Fled The Nazis While Stranded Behind Enemy Lines
August 16, 2022 - 17 min
Encircled by Nazis and left abandoned after a team of British secret agents failed to secure their escape, eighteen U.S. airmen were left with little choice: flee or be killed. Lost Airmen: The Epic Rescue of WWII U.S. Bomber Crews Stranded behind Enemy Lines is a riveting narrative of survival and brotherhood told by the historian son of one of those gritty survivors, Charles E. Stanley Jr.

In winter 1944, Yugoslav peasants looked to the sky to see American airmen—dozens of them—parachuting from crippled bombers. Some landed in safety. Others were slaughtered by German fire. Lost Airmen is the shocking true story of the eighteen men who beat all odds to escape the grip of the Nazis. Some found harbor with the Chetnik royalist faction led by General Mihailovic. Most were herded by Marshal Tito’s Partisans into a small town. There they were trapped. Extreme weather closed the skies for an air rescue. The Germans blocked the path to the sea. British secret agents extracted sixty-six airmen but had to leave the rest behind. The Partisans were desperate to rid themselves of the soldiers and forced them to attempt the treacherous winter crossing of the Dinaric Alps at the prodding of a gun, and no turning back.

Drawing on over twenty years of research, dozens of interviews and previously unpublished letters, diaries, and memoirs written by the airmen, Stanley recounts the deadly journey across the blizzard-swept Dinaric Alps during the worst winter of the twentieth century—and the stories of the heroic men who fought impossible odds to keep their brothers-in-arms alive.

In this episode, Joe Foto tells his story.

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"The Tech Challenges Were Extraordinary"; The Inventor Of The Cell Phone Tells His Story
August 9, 2022 - 42 min
Martin Cooper is an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and futurist. He is
known as the “father of the cell phone.” He led the creation of the world’s first cell phone at
Motorola—and made the first public call on it. Over nearly three decades at Motorola, Cooper
contributed to the development of pagers, two-way radio dispatch systems, quartz crystal
manufacture, and more.

A serial entrepreneur, he and his wife, Arlene Harris, have cofounded numerous wireless
technology companies. This includes Cellular Business Systems, SOS Wireless
Communications, GreatCall, and ArrayComm. Cooper is currently chairman of Dyna LLC
and a member of the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council. He was the first to observe the
Law of Spectrum Capacity, which became known as Cooper’s Law.

In 2013, Cooper became a member of the National Academy of Engineering from whom he
received the Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering. He was awarded the Marconi Prize
“for being a wireless visionary who reshaped the concept of mobile communication.” He has
been inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame and Wireless History Foundation’s
Wireless Hall of Fame. The Radio Club of America awarded him a Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2010.

He is a lifetime member of the IEEE, was president of its Vehicular
Technology Society and received its Centennial Medal. In 2007, Time magazine named him
one of the “100 Best Inventors in History.” He is a Prince of Asturias Laureate.
"The Taliban And Al Qaeda Would Just Dump Rockets Into The Base"; Author Benjamin Sledge Tells Us His War Time Experience
August 2, 2022 - 52 min
Benjamin Sledge is a wounded combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving most of his time under Special Operations (Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command). He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals for his actions overseas. Upon returning home from war, he began work in mental health and addiction recovery. A prolific communicator, Benjamin has authored several viral articles in addition to being the author of two books. His work ranges from fiction, self-help, and investigative journalism to Christianity and the military. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his wife, daughter, and son.

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