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Mandatory Fun

By We Are The Mighty

Mandatory Fun is a weekly podcast about the military and pop culture. Join us in breaking cultural tropes and bridging the military-civilian divide through storytelling and entertainment. The show is hosted by Blake Stilwell and Tim Kirkpatrick and produced by Orvelin Valle (O.V.).

  1. 1.
    The story of the slave who survived the Alamo19 June 2018
    27:06
  2. 2.
    Why Navy SEALs will storm the beaches of Normandy in 20185 June 2018
    35:17
  3. 3.
    How going to war brings out the best and worst in people28 May 2018
    25:03
  4. 4.
    It will make you angry to learn how a veteran lost $100k in benefits21 May 2018
    29:45
  5. 5.
    PTSD is temporary, here are the first steps to defeating it15 May 2018
    30:58
  6. 6.
    How to 'Conquer Anything,' according to a Green Beret1 May 2018
    29:08
  7. 7.
    Combat poetry reveals what life is like on the Afghan front lines24 April 2018
    27:44
  8. 8.
    4 survival skills that will help you thrive in a disaster or zombie apocalypse17 April 2018
    30:03
  1. 9.
    That time Senator Mitch McConnell was fooled by 'Duffel Blog'10 April 2018
    33:56
  2. 10.
    5 insane stories from the life of Britain's most successful double agent3 April 2018
    1:04:03
  3. 11.
    This corpsman wants to keep saving lives with 'Combat Medicine'20 March 2018
    22:06
  4. 12.
    Introducing This is War14 March 2018
    9:04
  5. 13.
    How a comedian can go from Hollywood to Kabul13 March 2018
    45:22
  6. 14.
    How to survive any dangerous situation with these deadly skills2 March 2018
    31:44
  7. 15.
    5 of the biggest changes coming to the US military27 February 2018
    36:38
  8. 16.
    6 military movies you need to watch in 201820 February 2018
    22:00
  9. 17.
    This is why it’s so damn hard to play a veteran, according to an actor13 February 2018
    42:30
  10. 18.
    We showed a civilian how to be a vet, here's what we got6 February 2018
    38:04
  11. 19.
    This Green Beret will change what you know about action movies30 January 2018
    36:55
  12. 20.
    This is why your next business book should be a military field manual23 January 2018
    30:56
  13. 21.
    How unconventional tactics won the battle for Ramadi16 January 2018
    38:18
  14. 22.
    Navy SEAL: No, the military does not destroy your creativity9 January 2018
    32:11
  15. 23.
    Military brats are highly skilled at reading people and bad situations26 December 2017
    43:58
  16. 24.
    This Army veteran's book focuses on the stories of the 'Frontline Generation'18 December 2017
    46:56
  17. 25.
    How the US Air Force tricked CSAF McPeak into staying in the military11 December 2017
    47:54
  18. 26.
    How the Vietnam War shaped the modern day US Air Force4 December 2017
    49:53
  19. 27.
    How playing cowboys and indians prepared this commander for war27 November 2017
    42:12
  20. 28.
    The best qualities about veteran entrepreneurs that investors love20 November 2017
    34:05
  21. 29.
    These vets may have the answer to the future of cannabis pharmaceuticals13 November 2017
    26:33
  22. 30.
    How Bergdahl’s stroll in Afghanistan affected a unit's operations7 November 2017
    24:19
  23. 31.
    How to stay fit and not get fat after you get out of the military6 November 2017
    39:32
  24. 32.
    How to see those never-before-published 'Terminal Lance' comics13 October 2017
    30:16
  25. 33.
    How post-9/11 vets are bringing new life to the American Legion12 October 2017
    29:37
  26. 34.
    The best military movies by service branch12 October 2017
    32:59
  27. 35.
    The real-life dictator who ruined his country and became a cannibal10 October 2017
    23:56
  28. 36.
    These fantasy benefits would make being a vet so much better9 October 2017
    25:36
  29. 37.
    The military superpower veterans have but sometimes fail to use28 September 2017
    46:14
  30. 38.
    How Taco Bell influenced a rapper to become a Marine21 September 2017
    40:03
  31. 39.
    How to kidnap Marines, according to combat training role player20 September 2017
    39:44
  32. 40.
    These are the Hollywood actors who train our troops for combat14 September 2017
    37:02
  33. 41.
    These simple luxuries can make your next deployment tolerable7 September 2017
    34:13
  34. 42.
    How an aspiring sergeant major became a stand-up comedian31 August 2017
    25:11
  35. 43.
    How drunken shenanigans earn fighter pilots their callsigns17 August 2017
    37:35
  36. 44.
    These are the wars we'd fight in if we had a time machine11 August 2017
    36:56
  37. 45.
    5 perks that will help you win your time in the military21 July 2017
    35:33
  38. 46.
    This is the World War II film Dale Dye wants to make with a cast of veterans26 June 2017
    48:10
  39. 47.
    Officers and enlistees confess the best and worst about each other29 May 2017
    51:25
  40. 48.
    What we learned from working with Iraq and Afghan locals5 May 2017
    33:23
  41. 49.
    10 things that will change the way you look at grunt officers20 April 2017
    50:43
  42. 50.
    How Navy corpsmen and Army medics work together in the field12 April 2017
    38:21
  43. 51.
    5 Air Force legends with incredible stories you need to know about24 March 2017
    41:20
  44. 52.
    20 stupid questions about the Coast Guard we always wanted answers to2 March 2017
    37:29
  45. 53.
    A corpsman's advice to ISIS militants who fake injuries to get out of jihad21 February 2017
    33:44
  46. 54.
    What you need to know about the Navy SEAL Trump picked for his cabinet9 January 2017
    45:47
  47. 55.
    This is what happens to every state in a modern Civil War16 November 2016
    38:55
  48. 56.
    The reason why Russia fears 330 Marines10 November 2016
    38:08
  49. 57.
    Spooky military ghost stories and urban legends25 October 2016
    48:36
  50. 58.
    This is what happens when you ask Rob Riggle to the Marine Corps ball20 October 2016
    43:28
  51. 59.
    These are the weapons you need to know about at AUSA 201613 October 2016
    45:11
  52. 60.
    3 incredible Medal of Honor stories that will blow your mind28 September 2016
    50:24
  53. 61.
    What every boot needs to know before partying in the Middle East for the first time21 September 2016
    16:48
  54. 62.
    How some famous military celebrities spent their time in service20 September 2016
    34:03
  55. 63.
    Why a new sidearm replacement is a big deal to the troops15 September 2016
    35:13
  56. 64.
    The origins behind some of the best military nicknames30 August 2016
    48:36
  57. 65.
    This is how the US will respond when World War III erupts22 August 2016
    40:02
  58. 66.
    What you need to know about North Korean threats9 August 2016
    35:26
  59. 67.
    The wars that could break out in the next 4 years pt. 23 August 2016
    40:22
  60. 68.
    Let's talk about America's rocky 'frenemy' relationship with Russia21 July 2016
    39:04
  61. 69.
    The wars that could break out in the next 4 years15 July 2016
    48:25
  62. 70.
    Every warrior should have this PTS healing experience9 July 2016
    41:08
  63. 71.
    These legendary military leaders were brilliant (and certainly crazy)1 July 2016
    50:56
  64. 72.
    How the Gurkha warriors of Nepal became so feared18 June 2016
    41:38
  65. 73.
    Sebastian Junger: How tribal connection may be the key to our psychological survival8 June 2016
    28:06
  66. 74.
    The insane Vietnam War adventures of legendary sniper Carlos Hathcock19 May 2016
    45:59
  67. 75.
    What we learned about the French Foreign Legion8 May 2016
    58:22
  68. 76.
    The best military movie characters of all time3 May 2016
    1:01:56
  69. 77.
    7 amazing badass war prisoners who defied their captors26 April 2016
    45:44
  70. 78.
    Max Uriarte on the future of ‘Terminal Lance’ and making movies14 April 2016
    54:10
  71. 79.
    Noah Galloway talks about joining the ranks of 'American Grit'12 April 2016
    51:41
  72. 80.
    Keeping up with Bryan Anderson6 April 2016
    47:15
  73. 81.
    What the OV-10 Bronco means in the fight against ISIS30 March 2016
    41:46
  74. 82.
    The US versus the world25 March 2016
    21:15

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