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The American War

By The Washington Post

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A podcast guide to "The Vietnam War," the new documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Washington Post Opinion columnist Alyssa Rosenberg breaks down each episode of the film with Burns and Novick themselves, getting the story behind the stories, and grappling with the lessons the United States learned -- and failed to learn -- in Vietnam and at home. Listen after you watch each episode of "The Vietnam War" for a new perspective on how the film was made and what it all means.

Customer Reviews

Well Done

I spent all of 1967 just south of the DMZ in South Vietnam. The first episode of the Burns/Novick film is excellent. This follow-up pod cast is a great companion to that piece. I anxiously await the next installment.

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The American War podcast

Had to shut it off & unsubscribe due to presenter's persistent vocal fry & terrible audio quality of phone interviews w/ filmmakers. Producer should hire voice actor to narrate & better audio engineer for her next podcast effort. It's an auditory medium, & requires quality sound work.

Incredibly shallow and not what I had hoped for

If you want about 15 minutes of chat with Ken Burns about the making of each episode, you're in luck - this is it. But in a world where each hour long episode of Game of Thrones can support multiple 2 hour podcasts going into the "history" behind it, was hoping we'd get something more like that: a deeper dive into the history that they had to cut for time in the TV show. This is not that at all. Particularly sad given that episode 1 "covered" 100 years of Vietnamese history and all they could do here was 20 minutes on the production of the TV show. Honestly, this podcast is a waste of an opportunity and a sad commentary on what the Washington Post thinks a companion podcast should be.

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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