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The Leonard Lopate Show

Escaping the Vietnam War, But Getting Close to the Enemy

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about his debut novel, The Sympathizer, which examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. 

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The Takeaway

Risking Death for Freedom: An Escaped Survivor Looks Back at Vietnam

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In 1975, just days before Saigon fell to the Viet Cong,13-year-old Pascale Phuong Dang escaped Vietnam with her mother. For Story Corps, Pascale recounts the tale to a friend.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stationed in Saigon, a Bank Manager Saves His Staff

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Former Vice President of Citibank John P. Riordan talks about his role in the rescue of 106 Vietnamese people in the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

On Our Minds: Quan Barry Writes Vietnam

Sunday, March 08, 2015

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the first US combat troops landing in Vietnam. In the United States, we tend to view Vietnam almost exclusively through the lens of the American war there. So here’s something different, a debut novel from poet Quan Barry. It’s the story of a little girl who can hear ghosts. Her name is Rabbit, and she’s born at the height of the Vietnam War, on the night of a full moon, in her mother’s grave.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Myth and Reality From the Vietnam War

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Christian Appy examines the relationship between the realities and myths from the Vietnam War and its impact on our national identity and postwar foreign policy. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Docs: Last Days in Vietnam

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The filmmaker Rory Kennedy talks about her Oscar-nominated documentary "Last Days in Vietnam," which examines how the American evacuation from Saigon echoed the entire war.

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On Being

Thich Nhat Hanh, Cheri Maples, and Larry Ward — Mindfulness, Suffering, and Engaged Buddhism [remix]

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We visited Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

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[Unedited] Thich Nhat Hanh with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We visited Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

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On Being

[Unedited] Cheri Maples with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We visited Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

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[Unedited] Larry Ward with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We visited Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh at a retreat attended by police officers and other members of the criminal justice system; they offer stark gentle wisdom for finding buoyancy and “being peace” in a world of conflict, anger, and violence.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Burning Dollars and Boarding Helicopters: A Kennedy Revisits Vietnam

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Rory Kennedy discusses her documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” a recounting of the 1975 military evacuation of Saigon, with Col. Stuart Herrington, who's featured in the film.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Films About Fitting In, Standing Out, and Pulling Out of War

Thursday, September 04, 2014

How we approach getting dressed every day. John Waters on his 50 year career. Jen McGowan and Juliette Lewis on their new movie. Rory Kennedy's new documentary about Vietnam.

The Takeaway

A Kennedy's Return to Vietnam

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Rory Kennedy's new documentary, "Last Days in Vietnam," travels back in time 40 years to the run-up to the 1975 evacuation of Saigon.  

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PRI's The World

Rising sea levels mean trouble for Vietnam's rice farmers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you find yourself buying rice anywhere in the world, there’s a good chance that what’s in your cart came from Vietnam. The small country cranks out a fifth of the world’s rice exports each year. But oceans are expanding — right up into some of Vietnam’s richest rice-growing areas — which is bad news for farmers.

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The Takeaway

Remembering the Vietnam War's 'Lost 74'

Monday, August 04, 2014

In June 1969 during the Vietnam War, an Australian aircraft carrier collided with an American ship in the South China Sea. There were 200 lost that day, including 74 U.S. sailors. But these 74 names have not been included on the Vietnam Memorial.

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The Takeaway

For Many, Iraq's Chaos Hits Too Close To Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014

As Iraq seemingly unravels, how do veterans feel about the situation? Listeners who served in Iraq, along with veterans and visitors to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, weigh in on America's obligation as Iraq again spirals into chaos.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Protesting the Draft and Going to Prison During the Vietnam War

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bruce Dancis became the first student at Cornell to defy the draft by tearing up his draft card and soon became a leader of the draft resistance movement in the 1960s.

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The Takeaway

Vietnam: The Ukraine of the Pacific?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last week, a giant Chinese oil rig suddenly stopped and began exploring waters claimed by Vietnam. Is this conflict a hint of things to come? As China flexes its muscles, will Vietnam become the Ukraine of the Pacific?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bruce Dancis became the first student at Cornell to defy the draft by tearing up his draft card and soon became a leader of the draft resistance movement in the 1960s. He was the principal organizer of the first mass draft card burning during the Vietnam War. Dancis spent 19 months in federal prison in Ashland, Kentucky, for his actions against the draft. Dancis gives us an insider's account of the antiwar and student protest movements of the 1960s and at the prison experiences of Vietnam-era draft resisters. He writes about it in Register: A Story of Protest and Prison During the Vietnam War.

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On The Media

Rewriting History

Friday, February 21, 2014

Historical understanding doesn’t always move ahead. Sometimes it slips backwards. Case in point: In 2012, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of official US involvement in Vietnam, the Pentagon quietly launched VietnamWar50th.com. Bob talks to historian Nick Turse, the author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, who noticed that the website’s version of the war seems stuck in the past, reasserting misinformation long since debunked by journalists, historians, and the government’s own Pentagon papers.

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