For Veterans Day
With Good Reason’s Voices of Vietnam
(a four-part documentary series available as FREE stand-alone hour or half-hour programs)
The Vietnam War pulled America apart, dividing our country into factions. Nearly fifty years after the fall of Saigon, the War is still contentious, amongst citizens, policy-makers, and scholars. And yet, memories of the Vietnam War unite us. In Voices of Vietnam, With Good Reason explores the unresolved tensions in our understanding of the war and the perspectives and people it forever changed.
GETTING IN TO VIETNAM
Part 1: Trauma & The Vietnam War Why is it that trauma seems so central to how we talk about Vietnam? Historians explore how the self-image of America was shattered in Vietnam, and veterans share their stories of difficult returns home.
Part 2: The Draft The Vietnam draft was the biggest ever test of an audacious social experiment in selective service. We hear the accounts of youth plucked from suburban life and set on the road to war, and how the nation’s poor and people of color were disproportionately targeted by selective service.
FIGHTING ON TWO FRONTS
Part 1: African Americans in the Armed Forces The army that served in Vietnam was one of the most racially diverse America had ever fielded. But though the U.S. military was highly integrated, the charged racial politics of the home front often seeped onto the battlefield. Through personal narratives and expert comment, we explore what it meant to be a person of color fighting in the American forces.
Part 2: Indigenous Experiences of War For the indigenous peoples of America and Vietnam, participation in the Vietnam War was often complicated. In the highlands of Vietnam, the indigenous Degas or Montagnards fought alongside American soldiers, but were abandoned when the war ended. Plus, we hear the testimony of a Native American veteran who fought for the U.S. on foreign soil.
WOMEN OF WAR
Part 1: Women Who Served Alongside the army of men on the front lines of conflict was an army of women in support roles, formal and informal. From the nurses who treated wounded men to the journalists who reported the casualties, women were often a major part of soldiers’ experience of the war. We hear the stories of some of these women, and reflect with scholars on how women’s experience of Vietnam changed the gender politics of the era.
Part 2: War Wives & Resistance The war upended the lives of millions of women at home, some of whom turned to activism in an effort to bring their husbands home. We tell the stories of war wives who allied with anti-war activists to bring about the return of POWs
A LOST HOMELAND
Part 1: Leaving Vietnam The end of the war and American withdrawal also marked the final days of a homeland for more than a million South Vietnamese people. We tell the story of the chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam as seen from both sides of the war.
Part 2: Little Saigon Some of the Vietnam War’s most enduring legacies are the Vietnamese communities of America, who arrived en masse after the Fall of Saigon. In our final chapter we explore the stories of these neighborhoods and hear the accounts of South Vietnamese who watched their homeland disappear from abroad.
Check out these Sound Beat episodes that are perfect to air (or listen to) around HALLOWEEN.
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Keepin’ It Real, Cam Marston’s short, pithy observations
on the world and life, a popular feature on Alabama Public Radio each Friday at 7:45 am and 4:45 pm, are now available free on PRX and download.
With topics ranging from golf tournaments, his children’s activities, work-related travel, or his dog, Cam’s commentaries have quickly won both state and national awards.
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The Children’s Hour is A FREE, weekly one-hour program with intelligent, thoughtful topics and themes that appeals to the whole family.
Each episode seeks to entertain and educate while recognizing that almost no topic is too “sophisticated” for children.
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Solutions to California’s Wildfire Problem
A five-episode limited series
Natural disasters are increasing across the nation. In the West, these disasters often come in the form of wildfire, and perhaps no State understands the true cost of wildfire as California. While the Golden State has always had forest fires, these conflagrations are progressively becoming harder to control and more deadly. At the same time, California’s population has surpassed 40 million, pushing people further into wild spaces that have been adapted to fire. California Burning takes a deep and critical look at how the state’s fire-prone forests have been managed, and how we can all learn from the past to be better stewards of the land and avoid catastrophic wildfires in the future.