The American War

11 EpisodesProduced by The Washington Post

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 l… read more

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Preview: 'The American War,' a podcast guide to the new PBS documentary 'The Vietnam War'

September 11th, 2017


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 …

Episode 1: “We are possessed by a desire not to know about Vietnam.”

September 18th, 2017


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 …

Episode 2: “To me, JFK was God.”

September 19th, 2017


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 …

Episode 3: “We are behaving like ugly Americans.”

September 20th, 2017


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 …

Episode 4: “We want the dead to come back to us.”

September 21st, 2017


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 …

Episode 5: “I only killed one human being in Vietnam.”

September 22nd, 2017


As African Americans fought for their rights at home, anti-Asian racism shaped American policy in Vietnam and became a coping tool for soldiers. …

Episode 6: “It's very rare to see a photograph of a person who was in the act of dying.”

September 25th, 2017


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 …

Episode 7: “It's torturing me and I needed to tell you this.”

September 26th, 2017


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 …

Episode 8: “You have these two parallel threads on a collision course and that's where they meet.”

September 27th, 2017


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.

Episode 9: “The Marine Corps was the thing that I did that gave me my own confidence in myself.”

September 28th, 2017


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 …

Episode 10: “Let it be.”

September 29th, 2017


“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 …

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