The Vietnam War

Daryle Ray Walker pulls up into the driveway on his black Harley Davidson motorcycle. After living in Texas for years, he recently moved back to Ohio where he was born.

Tim Revell / Columbus Dispatch

Decades have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, but U.S. veterans - along with the rest of the country - are still grappling with its legacy.

Ken Burns became a star on PBS a generation ago by telling the story of the Civil War in a huge — and hugely popular — documentary series. Since then, he and his collaborators have done invaluable work, including a lengthy and superb examination of World War II.

Ken Burns and The Vietnam War

Sep 13, 2017
Ken Burns, Lynn Novick discuss The Vietnam War
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Acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will premiere The Vietnam War, their latest documentary epic, on WOSU TV September 17th at 8pm. They join us to discuss the film, challenges faced during production, and the timeliness of this particular retrospective today.

Later, author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Philip Caputo adds to the conversation by looking back at his 1977 memoir, A Rumor of War, an account of his service in the initial stages of the Vietnam War.