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In this episode, Rob and Don explore how war is presented in popular culture – from books, to music, movies, and games. Working from the difference between Protest stories and Propaganda stories, they discuss how this dichotomy shapes almost all stories related to war. From there, they talk a lot about heavy metal, fantasy literature, and Sylvester Stallone. All this, and Rob’s mind being blown about the song 99 Red Balloons, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:
Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

“War! It’s FAAAAN-tastic!”
Marshall MacLuhan
The Ballad of the Green Berets
Jingo and THUD! by Terry Pratchett
CATCH 22
Johnny Got His Gun
Horatio Hornblower by C.S. Forrester
Aubrey-Maturin Novels by Patrick O’Brian
Sabaton
Bismarck (Sabaton)
Night Witches (Sabaton)
Snoopy vs The Red Baron
Billy Don’t Be a Hero by Paper Lace
Horse Soldier Horse Soldier
99 Luft Balloons
Born in the USA
Frank Stallone – Peace in Our Life
So Long Mom
Christmas at Ground Zero
Sink the Bismarck
Battle of New Orleans
Antiwarsongs.org
Birth of a Nation
Wonder Bar (1934) featuring Al Jolson
First Blood
The Park is Mine
Sgt. Rock
Enemy Ace
Joe Kubert
COMBAT TV Series
Kriegsspiel
Bucky O’Hare
The Price of Freedom RPG
Little Wars by HG Wells