Vietnam War

About THE VIETNAM WAR: In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

WXXI Programs & Events:

Check out video clips from the series, upcoming programs, community events and other on-demand Vietnam War public media programs:

Upcoming Vietnam War Programming

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Friday May 5, 2017 at 7pm on WXXI-World
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
The program profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War.  Airs Friday May 26, 2017 at 6-7pm & 9-10pm on WXXI-World
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:00pm
The first program in a 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
The second program in a 3-part series features the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and how support begins to waver.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:00pm
A 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9:30pm
A PBS Preview of THE VIETNAM WAR will air after the National Memorial Day Concert. Get a 30 minute preview of the ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 11:30pm
Searching for Home: Coming Back from War explores, in their own words, the Truth, the Healing and the Hope of veterans from all generations returning home from war, and their search for the “home” they left behind – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
In the forests of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, bustling camps of migrant workers hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom. Here, Kouy Loch, a 46-year-old former platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters crosses paths with Roger Higgins, a 75-year-old veteran sniper with the U.S. Special Forces in Vietnam.  

On-Demand Vietnam War Programming

Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
After war, our veterans enter a new kind of battle. This radio documentary shares deeply moving stories of numerous veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. And who are trying to put their lives back together at home. How do they heal from the trauma of war, psychologically and spiritually?
On-Demand
StoryCorps and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE partner to bring a collection of interviews with Vietnamese Americans and Vietnam Veterans.
This film captures a complex aspect of the Vietnam War: the legacy of Latino veterans and their families during the conflict. Watch On-Demand
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence leading a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam. Denton’s plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack, and for the next eight long years, he would battle the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Three generations of Minnesota's military women share their stories of service from WWII to Vietnam to Afghanistan. 
On-Demand: A 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.
The service of  women in the armed forces has been heroic, their sacrifices profound and their enormous accomplishments largely ignored.
Track American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.