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


(Order yours on Amazon.)

Special thanks to…


Eric and Kit of Abick’s Bar 3500 Gilbert St, Detroit, MI 48210

Andy of Smokin’ Pole BBQ

Bailey, our co-host, of Detroit History Tours


Tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

About Kevin Walsh

Kevin began in 2013 as an experiment that was as simple as "What's a blog?" and ended up becoming a forum for fellow writers. He's been a high school teacher for 28 years and worked as an administrator and instructor in colleges for 10 years since then. Contact him at: He is also the producer of the web-series and blog, www.DiggingDetroit, founder and producer for MMD Productions at which offers quick, professional photography, video and multimedia solutions for individuals, organizations and businesses. His high school media production text, "Video Direct," has been used in 40 states--and he occasionally still sells a few. 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 kids Aidan and Abby who have all graciously allowed him to write about them on occasion.

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

  1. Pingback: New Podcast “Detroit in World War II” with Author Greg Sumner at Historic Abicks Bar | Digging Detroit