In this episode, British author and filmmaker Damien Lewis sits down with Dave to discuss his new book, Churchill’s Shadow Raiders: The Race To Develop Radar, WWII’s Secret Invisible Weapon. The discussion (and the book) centers on a Top Secret mission to “snatch and grab,” Adolph Hitler’s prize possession; a rather highly advanced radar that enabled German anti-aircraft guns to decimate British bombers and otherwise run roughshod over anything and anyone that stood between the Third Reich and Hitler’s dreams of conquest. The daring courage and relentless tenacity of fledgling airborne commandos, spurred on by Winston Churchill over the objections of senior government officials, literally saved the war effort and became the genesis of the SAS. It’s a fascinating book, and a riveting conversation that you don’t want to miss.

Dave also welcomes Ricochet Member and Moderator Randy Weivoda onto the program to talk about various happenings with Ricochet Members, including plans for a large Ricochet Member Meet Up, next year in Louisiville, Kentucky.  Interested? Listen for details!

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  1. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    That turned out better than I expected, although I am embarrassed that I once said “him” when I should have said “he.”  But here are the show notes!

    For those of you curious about the Mustang we were talking about, I present “Wildfire.”  And if you are really curious, I actually wrote a whole post about it once.

    People who are new to the concept of Ricochet Meetups can find out about them in the Ricochet Meetup Group.  You can click on the Meetup Details button to find out about upcoming and past meetups.  And since we talked a bit about the Nashville Mega Meetup in particular, here are the posts that were written about that.

    http://ricochet.com/245564/archives/why-should-you-join-ricochet-to-humiliate-me/

    http://ricochet.com/246555/archives/nashville-meetup-lessons/

    http://ricochet.com/246487/archives/nashville-mega-meet-up-the-recap/

    Since I mentioned the song Designated Drinker, I reckon I ought to put that in here.

    Thank you for having me on, Dave.  I hope to see you in Kentucky next year.

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  2. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
    @DaveCarter

    And that’s how comprehensive comments are done!  Randy, thanks so much for being on the program!  It was great talking with you!  Good to see photos of your ride to. Hoping to make it to the gathering in Louisville! 

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  3. SkipSul Inactive
    SkipSul
    @skipsul

    I have driven Randy’s Mustang – it is very very nice.

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  4. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Loved the British writer. Sounds like an interesting book.

    Hearing from Randy was also fun. Interesting dialect.

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  5. colleenb Member
    colleenb
    @colleenb

    Thanks for the interviews Dave. I now have Mr. Lewis’ book on my (never to be completed before I die) reading list. Thanks also to @randyweivoda for the show notes. He has set a high bar.

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  6. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge
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    @Patrickb63

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Loved the British writer. Sounds like an interesting book.

    Hearing from Randy was also fun. Interesting dialect.

    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

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  7. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Thanks for the interviews Dave. I now have Mr. Lewis’ book on my (never to be completed before I die) reading list. Thanks also to @randyweivoda for the show notes. He has set a high bar.

    Excellent. May I suggest that you nudge Mr. Lewis, book toward the top of your list?  It really is that good. 

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  8. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Loved the British writer. Sounds like an interesting book.

    Hearing from Randy was also fun. Interesting dialect.

    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

    I’m sure I have mentioned on Ricochet how much I like your voice.  We should talk about getting you to do a phone-in part for the next time we make an audio episode of @garymcvey‘s Ricochet Silent Radio.  Or better yet, Patrick, come to the Black Hills Meetup and you could record with the others on-site!

    colleenb (View Comment):
    Thanks also to @randyweivoda for the show notes. He has set a high bar.

    Aw shucks.  I’m happy that someone appreciates them.

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  9. Arahant Member
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    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):
    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

    You both have dialects, they’re just different dialects. Did I ever mention my great-great-granddaddy was born in Louisville back before The War?

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  10. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito
    @HankRhody

    Catching up on podcasts. One quick note, Mr. @MattBalzer drove with me up to the Fargo meetup, also from five hours distant. 

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  11. Vectorman Inactive
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    SkipSul (View Comment):

    I have driven Randy’s Mustang – it is very very nice.

    Ditto.

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  12. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Vectorman (View Comment):

    SkipSul (View Comment):

    I have driven Randy’s Mustang – it is very very nice.

    Ditto.

    I also offered to let @rushbabe49 drive it as she has a history of driving performance vehicles, but she declined.  But I did take her for a drive in Wildfire in Montana, while listening to bluegrass music.

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  13. Charlotte Member
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    @Charlotte

    Damien Lewis was interesting, and I wish him every success with his new book.

    But @randyweivoda? Are you kidding me? He’s, like, Ricochet royalty! Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride😍!

     

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  14. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Damien Lewis was interesting, and I wish him every success with his new book.

    But @randyweivoda? Are you kidding me? He’s, like, Ricochet royalty! Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride😍!

     

    Oh please, Charlotte.  Do continue.

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  15. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Charlotte (View Comment):
    Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride

    He didn’t even talk about growing up with his father’s pet tiger.

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  16. Dave Carter Podcaster
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Damien Lewis was interesting, and I wish him every success with his new book.

    But @randyweivoda? Are you kidding me? He’s, like, Ricochet royalty! Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride😍!

     

    Oh please, Charlotte. Do continue.

    Okay, Randy,…next time we have red carpet and the whole royal treatment. This will be fun! 

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  17. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Dave Carter (View Comment):
    Okay, Randy,…next time we have red carpet and the whole royal treatment. This will be fun! 

    And the tiger on the carpet rolls.

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  18. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Dave Carter (View Comment):
    Okay, Randy,…next time we have red carpet and the whole royal treatment. This will be fun!

    And the tiger on the carpet rolls.

    Better give the people some pictures, if they haven’t seen them before.

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  19. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Damien Lewis was interesting, and I wish him every success with his new book.

    But @randyweivoda? Are you kidding me? He’s, like, Ricochet royalty! Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride😍!

     

    Oh please, Charlotte. Do continue.

    Okay, Randy,…next time we have red carpet and the whole royal treatment. This will be fun!

    I just thought of this this second.  And here I go volunteering someone else to do some work.  Do you have any portable recording equipment, Dave?  If you came to the Bourbon Trail Meetup next year, it might be fun to set up a table with you and a few members and have a chat. People could discuss the pros and cons of the bourbons they’ve tried so far!  And whatever other topics you want to bring up.  Maybe do it a second night with a different group of members.  I think I speak for a lot of us that we really do enjoy hearing from people whose articles and comments we’ve been reading for years.

    I need to write a new announcement for that meetup, by the way.  I don’t care for the new policy that disallows new comments on posts that were written more than six months ago.

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  20. Charlotte Member
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    @Charlotte

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    I don’t care for the new policy that disallows new comments on posts that were written more than six months ago.

    Oh dear. Is this really a thing? Sometimes it takes me that long to get caught up on my reading and podcast backlog…

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  21. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Charlotte (View Comment):
    Oh dear. Is this really a thing? Sometimes it takes me that long to get caught up on my reading and podcast backlog…

    Yep. Max though it would help something or another with performance.

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  22. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):
    Oh dear. Is this really a thing? Sometimes it takes me that long to get caught up on my reading and podcast backlog…

    Yep. Max though it would help something or another with performance.

    I never saw an announcement by Max about making the change, but @hankrhody must have seen something about it.  At least I think he’s the one whose comment I saw regarding the new policy. It’s a drag for me, because I wrote the Bourbon Trail Meetup post 08/19/2019 (the meetup dates will be in October 2021), so if I want to keep the topic commentable I have to write a new post every six months, which means multiple posts saying the same thing.

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  23. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    It’s a drag for me, because I wrote the Bourbon Trail Meetup post 08/19/2019 (the meetup dates will be in October 2021), so if I want to keep the topic commentable I have to write a new post every six months, which means multiple posts saying the same thing.

    Copy and paste.

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  24. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):
    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

    You both have dialects, they’re just different dialects. Did I ever mention my great-great-granddaddy was born in Louisville back before The War?

    Did he fight on the Union or Confederate side?

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  25. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito
    @HankRhody

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):
    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

    You both have dialects, they’re just different dialects. Did I ever mention my great-great-granddaddy was born in Louisville back before The War?

    Did he fight on the Union or Confederate side?

    Yes.

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  26. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    It’s a drag for me, because I wrote the Bourbon Trail Meetup post 08/19/2019 (the meetup dates will be in October 2021), so if I want to keep the topic commentable I have to write a new post every six months, which means multiple posts saying the same thing.

    Copy and paste.

    Yeah . . . I could.  But it feels like cheating.  I’ve got to have something a little more original.  Since @patrickb63 and I are co-hosting it, maybe we could take turns writing a new post every six months.  Patrick, if you want to write the next one, let me know.  If I don’t hear from you in the next few days, maybe I will post a new Bourbon Trail Meetup announcement next weekend.

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  27. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):
    Randy says I’m the one with a dialect.

    You both have dialects, they’re just different dialects. Did I ever mention my great-great-granddaddy was born in Louisville back before The War?

    Did he fight on the Union or Confederate side?

    To my knowledge, neither. He was born in 1852. But his father was in a Confederate cavalry regiment. The family moved west to Illinois after the war.

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  28. Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito Contributor
    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito
    @HankRhody

    Arahant (View Comment):
    But his father was in a Confederate cavalry regiment. The family moved west to Illinois after the war.

    There’s a Reb cavalry man buried in a cemetery here in Eau Claire WI. I wonder about his story.

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  29. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Hank Rhody, Badgeless Bandito (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):
    But his father was in a Confederate cavalry regiment. The family moved west to Illinois after the war.

    There’s a Reb cavalry man buried in a cemetery here in Eau Claire WI. I wonder about his story.

    An interesting thing about my great-great-great-grandfather was that he was known by two different names. I’ve always wondered if that had something to do with the war or whether he just never could decide. Sometimes he was known as “John Augustus,” and sometimes he was “August John.” Maybe he decided to switch the order of his given names after the war.

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  30. Dave Carter Podcaster
    Dave Carter
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Damien Lewis was interesting, and I wish him every success with his new book.

    But @randyweivoda? Are you kidding me? He’s, like, Ricochet royalty! Awesome hearing about his origin story, meetups past and future, and his sweet sweet ride😍!

     

    Oh please, Charlotte. Do continue.

    Okay, Randy,…next time we have red carpet and the whole royal treatment. This will be fun!

    I just thought of this this second. And here I go volunteering someone else to do some work. Do you have any portable recording equipment, Dave? If you came to the Bourbon Trail Meetup next year, it might be fun to set up a table with you and a few members and have a chat. People could discuss the pros and cons of the bourbons they’ve tried so far! And whatever other topics you want to bring up. Maybe do it a second night with a different group of members. I think I speak for a lot of us that we really do enjoy hearing from people whose articles and comments we’ve been reading for years.

    I need to write a new announcement for that meetup, by the way. I don’t care for the new policy that disallows new comments on posts that were written more than six months ago.

    Sorry,…just saw this.  My recording equipment is not very portable at all.  But I can always record on iphone and then send as Mp3 to include in a podcast, etc.   I like the idea! 

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