Program
Now Tell Us All About the War
Producing Organization
WCNY
H.S. Holland Associates (Firm)
Contributing Organization
WCNY (Liverpool, New York)
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-35-36tx99h9
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Description
Program Description
"Politically, it's all over, except when some senator wants to haul it out as a warning against the perils of 'getting involved.' It's been reviewed, rehashed, and revised. But basically, it's over. Except for the men and women who fought there; thousands of them in combat, about eight million altogether in the course of America's ten year war in Vietnam. For them the war was waged at the cost of their youth, their innocence, and all too often, their lives. For years, a bitter silence was all the veterans had to offer about Vietnam. But recently, at first as a [trickle] and more lately, a flood, veterans have been talking - and writing, and painting, and memorializing, and organizing. This program focuses on eight of these veterans, each of them 'taking whatever talents they had to tell us all about the war.' The words in the program are all veterans'. There are seven sections, each introduced by combat photographers' works and a reading from the poetry or prose of veterans (read by Martin Sheen). The sections loosely follow the tour of duty of a young soldier, going to war, living through it, coming home, and then finally finding a way, as these men did, to really come home, that is, make peace with an experience his own countrymen could not honor, or understand, and finally, leaving all this to us as a sort of last act of duty. "It is their words, their recollections, and feelings which tell the story. Through their various points of view, a single story begins to emerge. The story parallels the stories found in the great war literature of the world: an innocent youth goes off to war, figuring it to be a glorious experience, only to find that it' horrible, and death is real. And in Vietnam, he couldn't even find the comfort of a country, or a world, that valued his effort. Instead, the warrior became confused with the war. He returns, often radicalized, always changed, never again young. And, as David Christian sums it up, 'If I could give my life, say 'kill me' and never have another act of war, I would stand at attention, and I would give my life, and I would give it for the rest of America."--1984 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1984
Created Date
1984
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
01:00:19.316
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Credits
Producing Organization: WCNY
Producing Organization: H.S. Holland Associates (Firm)
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WCNY
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Generation: Master
Duration: 00:58:28
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-69e7823279c (Filename)
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Citations
Chicago: “Now Tell Us All About the War,” 1984, WCNY, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-35-36tx99h9.
MLA: “Now Tell Us All About the War.” 1984. WCNY, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-35-36tx99h9>.
APA: Now Tell Us All About the War. Boston, MA: WCNY, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-35-36tx99h9