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.
||CleanEpisode 10: “Let it be.”||“The Vietnam War” begins with Henry Kissinger’s call to put Vietnam behind us. It ends with the Beatles’ “Let It Be.” Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explain the difference, and how the painful lessons of the Vietnam era can help us today.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: “The Marine Corps was the thing that I did that gave me my own confidence in myself.”||Some soldiers in Vietnam fought bravely, and then came home to oppose the war they’d served in. Their experiences are a reminder that Vietnam mixed up American notions of patriotism. As Ken and Lynn explain, we’re still trying to piece it back toget||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: “You have these two parallel threads on a collision course and that's where they meet.”||The Kent State massacre was one of the most searing domestic moments of the antiwar movement. Alyssa talks to Ken and Lynn about their memories of the shooting, and about finding new ways to tell the Kent State story.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: “It's torturing me and I needed to tell you this.”||In America, the My Lai massacre helped turn Americans against the war, while in Vietnam, atrocities such as the massacre at Hue are still taboo subjects. Alyssa asks Ken and Lynn about telling stories of brutality and survival.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: “It's very rare to see a photograph of a person who was in the act of dying.”||The Vietnam War produced indelible wartime photography. “The Vietnam War” takes a closer look at the stories behind the photos, including Eddie Adams’s famous picture of a street-corner execution in Saigon during the Tet Offensive.||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: “I only killed one human being in Vietnam.”||As African Americans fought for their rights at home, anti-Asian racism shaped American policy in Vietnam and became a coping tool for soldiers. Alyssa talks to Ken Burns about his career-long focus on race as a key part of the American story.||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: “We want the dead to come back to us.”||Many of the Gold Star parents who lost their children in Vietnam are aging, and as they are, their stories are being lost. Alyssa finds out how Lynn Novick and Ken Burns found Jean-Marie Crocker, a Gold Star mother.||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: “We are behaving like ugly Americans.”||To truly understand what happened to America in Vietnam, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick knew they had to talk to our former opponents. Alyssa talks to Lynn about what it took to go to Vietnam and find the veterans and civilians who shared their stories.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: “To me, JFK was God.”||It’s easy to say now that the Vietnam War was always a doomed endeavor. But Americans who went to fight in Vietnam thought they were answering John F. Kennedy’s call to public service. Alyssa asks Ken Burns how our ideals went so wrong.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: “We are possessed by a desire not to know about Vietnam.”||In the premiere episode of “The American War,” Alyssa talks to Ken Burns and Harvard professor Fredrik Logevall about Episode One of "The Vietnam War," discussing the stories Americans tell ourselves about what happened to our country during the Vie||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreview: 'The American War,' a podcast guide to the new PBS documentary 'The Vietnam War'||Over 10 episodes, host Alyssa Rosenberg will be joined by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and other collaborators on the film to discuss how America lost its way in Vietnam and how this documentary tries to help us find our way back.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
"I was older then. I'm younger than that now. "
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.