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Episode 16: Churchill (Part 1) Over the years, many people have told me they like how I can help them make connections between people and events in history and our lives today. That is a goal for this episode, where we look at the life of Winston Churchill, especially his strong will, bravery, humor and amazing way with words. After the sudden fall of France in June 1940, until Hitler’s foolish invasion of the USSR one year later, tiny England basically stood alone against the Nazi onslaught. (The British Empire, though large, powerful, and helpful, was far away.) It is incredible to think that, to a great extent, it was Churchill’s powerful personality and oratory that kept the British Empire (and thus the cause of freedom) afloat in an Axis ocean. We have much to learn from Churchill, and we owe him a debt of gratitude. Word of the Day: evacuation (noun) a large retreat or withdrawal from a place of danger to a place of safely. The evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940 was a turning point in World War II. Question of the Day: Do you think Churchill was a politician or a statesman? What is the difference? Have a question or feedback? Maybe a topic you’d like to hear in a future episode? Please email Scott at We’d love to hear from you! If you enjoy our podcasts, please subscribe, write a review, and share them on social media and by word of mouth! Those are GREAT ways to help more people find our podcasts. Please also visit us at; check out the blog posts at the bottom of the page for more information about life in the USA and the crazy English language.

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