AUSA Releases 3 New Podcasts in March

AUSA Releases 3 New Podcasts in March

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing three new podcasts in March as part of its recently relaunched “Army Matters” series. 

First up is a podcast featuring Paul Szoldra, founder of Duffel Blog, the popular satirical website focused on military life, and The Ruck, a newsletter on national security.

A former Marine sergeant who is now an editor with Anduril Industries, Szoldra started Duffel Blog in 2012. The website quickly grew in popularity and has since entertained hundreds of thousands of people in and out of uniform.

During the podcast, Szoldra will talk about the effectiveness of satire and some of his favorite Duffel Blog articles. 

The episode is available March 1.

Next up is a conversation between retired Lt. Gen. Leslie Smith, AUSA’s vice president of Leadership and Education, and his wife, Vanedra Smith, and Lt. Col. Christopher Elson and his wife, Gina Viscusi-Elson, about building and nurturing a marriage in the Army. Elson, a member of the California Army National Guard who has served at least three deployments, and Viscusi-Elson, founder and principal designer of an interior design company, talk about their lives and careers, how the Army has impacted both, and provide advice for younger couples about to start their own military journey.

The podcast is available March 15.

Finally, on March 29, the podcast will feature retired Brig. Gen. Anne MacDonald, president of the Army Women’s Foundation. During the episode, MacDonald will discuss the foundation’s work to recognize and honor the service of all Army women including by telling their stories. 

She will discuss the foundation’s plans to induct six soldiers into its Hall of Fame and a new scholarship honoring the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first and only all-female, all-Black American battalion to deploy overseas during World War II.

First launched in February 2019, AUSA’s podcast underwent some major changes last year, with a new show design, increased storytelling chops and a focus on leadership lessons across the Total Army. The new version of “Army Matters” was officially introduced Oct. 10. 

Additionally, the series has moved from weekly releases to every other Wednesday and will feature inspirational leadership stories, current issues for NCOs, military families’ journeys and in-depth discussions on the Army’s past and future. 

Full details on the podcasts are available at Listeners also can subscribe to “Army Matters” for updates.