New Podcast: “Detroit in World War II” with Author Greg Sumner

Note:  This podcast was co-produced with Digging Detroit and can also be found at this link.


A look inside the “Arsenal of Democracy” as Professor Gregory Sumner of University of Detroit Mercy joins Digging Detroit’s Thomas J. Reed Jr. and Detroit History ToursBailey Sisoy Isgro at Detroit’s historic Abick’s Bar.   Sumner previews his upcoming book-signing, Detroit in WWIIat Abick’s on November 10, 2015.

Kevin Walsh, Prof. Greg Sumner, Bailey Sisoy-Isgro and Thomas J. Reed, Jr.

Kevin Walsh, Prof. Greg Sumner, Bailey Sisoy Isgro and Thomas J. Reed, Jr. at the recording session in Abick’s historic cigar room.

Thanks to our Abick’s host, Eric and Kit, we visit with Prof. Sumner in the cigar room–formerly a barber shop.  Amazing eats was provided once again by Andy Surowiec of Smokin’ Pole BBQ!

Topics include:

  • Advantages of being an Hoosier looking in at Detroit
  • Coming out of isolationism with the $1 men and patriotism of Joe Louis and  Edsel Ford
  • Warren Tanks and Willow Run–designed by the son of a German rabbi
  • Soldier Hank Greenberg’s home run–“hitting one against Hitler”
  • The third shift–and loosening of conventions for women and children
  • Female pay disparity greater now than in WWII
  • Racial tensions and the Detroit wartime riot
  • Detroit expressways created for WWII but ironically accelerating white flight–and who stayed.

Hosts:  Bailey Sisoy Isgro and Thomas J. Reed, Jr.

Producer:  Kevin Walsh and MyMediaDiary

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Special thanks to…

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Eric and Kit of Abick’s Bar 3500 Gilbert St, Detroit, MI 48210
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Andy of Smokin’ Pole BBQ

Bailey, our co-host, of Detroit History Tours

 

About Kevin Walsh

Before creating MyMediaDiary.com, Kevin taught high school video productions and language arts for 25 years. He is the producer of the web-series and blog, www.DiggingDetroit, founder and producer for MMD Productions at www.mmdphotovideo.com which offers quick, professional photography, video and multimedia solutions for individuals, organizations and businesses. His text, "Video Direct," is used in 40 states. He is the current president of the non-profit DAFT (Digital Arts Film and Television) which sponsors the Michigan Student Film Festival. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, is married to Patrice and is tolerated by his two teenagers. Follow Kevin on Twitter @kwteacher
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