The On War & Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. Host Kyle Falcon sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’

On War & Society E34: The Medic’s Tale with Ted Barris

At the age of 13, Ted Barris asked his father a common question: “Dad what did you do in the war?” This began a fifty-seven-year investigation into his father’s war experiences as a sergeant medic in the US Army during its bloodiest campaign during the liberation of Europe. The book that grew out of this question: Rush To Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire shares stories of combat medics from the American Civil War to more recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I sat down with Ted to discuss his book and the one burning question that he never had a chance to ask his father: what motivates medics to rush into danger?

Ted Barris is a journalist and award-winning author of 18 books. He lives in Oxbow, Ontario.

Past Episodes

E01 | The War Junk Historian with Alex Souchen

E02 | Somewhere Between War and Society with Terry Copp

E03 | Complicating History with Mary Chaktsiris

E04 | Canada’s Arctic Laboratory with Matthew Wiseman

E05 | Did You Fall Into the Vimy Trap? with Geoff Hayes

E06 | Dunkirk with Terry Copp

E07 | The Conscripted with Patrick Dennis

E08 | In Search of the Canadian Officer with Geoff Hayes

E09 | Treating Wounds of the Mind with Meghan Fitzpatrick

E10 | Destruction and Dissent in the Marshall Islands with Martha Smith-Norris

E11 | Civil War and Identity with Alec Maavara

E12 | A Microhistory of an Ace with Graham Broad

E13 | Family at the Front with Kristine Alexander

E14 | Rewriting the Great War with Mark Humprhies

E15 | Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part I with Amy Milne-Smith

E16 | Unpacking the Trauma Kit, Part II with Amy Milne-Smith

E17 | Why Military Families Matter, Part I with Geoffrey Hayes

E18 | Why Military Families Matter, Part II with Geoffrey Hayes

E19 | How to Write 7,000 Words in a Week with Tim Cook

E20 | Uncovering the Secret History of Soldiers with Tim Cook

E21 | Rural Canada at War with Jonathan Vance

E22 | Shell Shock with Mark Humphries

E23 | Stalin’s Gulag with Wilson Bell

E24 | Ambitions Unrealized with Linda Quiney

Special | D-Day in 14 Stories with Elliot Halpern

E25 | Ted Barris and the Dam Busters

E26 | Nazis, Canadian Jews and the Second World War with Ellin Bessner

E27 | Assault on the Winter Line with Terry Copp

E28 | The Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists with Blaine Chiasson

E29 | Making a Historian with Roger Sarty

E30 | Malplaquet: The Myth of Decisive Battle with Darryl Dee

E31 | Haunted by Hitler with Robert Teigrob

E32 | The American Civil War: Under the Knife with Shauna Devine

E33 | Voicing Dissent during the First World War with Geoff Keelan