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.

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Upcoming Vietnam War Programming

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 8:00pm
THE VIETNAM WAR, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere September 17, 2017, on WXXI-TV & PBS stations nationwide.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
Vietnam was the first war fought to a soundtrack, with over 4000 war-related songs written and recorded between 1965-73.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 9:00pm
This one-hour special sheds light on a question that has intrigued historians for decades: why was Lyndon Johnson unable or unwilling to extricate his country from a war that evidence now suggests he knew was unwinnable?

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.
Episode 1: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) on-demand through 10/17. 
THE VIETNAM WAR, Episode 2: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963) on-demand. 
Episode 3: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965) on-demand to 10/3 and again 10/10-10/24.
Episode 4: Resolve (January 1966-June 1967) on-demand to 10/3 and again 10/17-10/31. 
Episode 5: This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967) on-demand to 10/3 and again 10/18-11/7. 
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?
In this special edition of "Rochester History" in 1986, Assistant City Historian, Ruth Rosenber-Naparsteck, recounts the events of the Vietnam War era that took place in the City of Rochester.
Take a tour of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park in Rochester, NY
The 1968 My Lai massacre, its cover-up, and the soldiers who broke rank to halt the atrocities. Watch On-Demand
In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a Viet Cong ambush nearly wiped out an American battalion, prompting some in power to question whether the war might be unwinnable. On a campus in Wisconsin, a student protest against the war spiraled out of control, marking the first time that a campus anti-war demonstration had turned violent. Watch On-Demand
Podcast: Vietnam War Conversations during a special broadcast of Connections with Evan Dawson from The Little Theatre on August 24, 2017.
Listen to WXXI's Connections podcast interview with Lynn Novick, previewing the PBS Vietnam War Series to air in September. The ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick  is coming to PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
This film captures a complex aspect of the Vietnam War: the legacy of Latino veterans and their families during the conflict. Watch On-Demand
StoryCorps and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE partner to bring a collection of interviews with Vietnamese Americans and Vietnam Veterans.
"Tom's War," the newest animated short from StoryCorps, brings a new dimension to our current remembrance of Vietnam. See this animated short 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.
Over 20,000 American children lost their fathers during the Vietnam War. Their stories serve as powerful testimonies about the true cost of war. Watch On-Demand

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