During the 1970s, Americans were riveted by stories of prisoners of war coming home from Vietnam. One part of the story that often went untold, though, was that there were many POWs from Hoa Lo Prison who opposed the war. How were these dissenters portrayed at at the time and why was their story purged […]
“Since 1945, the U.S. has a history of imposing conflicts on other places,” says renowned Indian historian and journalist Vijay Prashad. “I don’t like terms like Vietnam War, Iraq War—these are very ideological ways of understanding history. No, these are U.S.-imposed wars on the Vietnamese and Iraqi people.” For today’s show, Allen reflects on the […]
On the fiftieth anniversary of the My Lai massacre, substitute host Gil Halsted re-visits the context and implications of the massacre with author and professor emeritus Howard Jones, Vietnam veteran and photographer Don Unrau, and publisher Norm Stockwell, who recently attended the My Lai remembrance ceremony in Vietnam. More information on the Madison Quakers group […]
Allen Ruff speaks with historian David Parsons about his recent book exploring the GI coffeehouse movement, called “Dangerous Grounds — Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era.” You can subscribe to David Parsons’ podcast, “Nostalgia Trap,” here.
Helicopter pilots and crew played a crucial role in the Vietnam War, and over 4,700 lost their lives in battle. Bob Hesselbein of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association discusses his group’s proposed memorial to the pilots in Arlington National Cemetery, as well as their function in the war. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – VHPA Memorial
How did U.S. troops use music to connect to others and cope with the complexities Vietnam War? Today Allen Ruff talks with Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of the recently released “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War,” which looks at the impact of popular music on the […]