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'The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick' Episode Review: 'The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)'

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Episode Three: The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)

Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward
Directed by: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick
With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the South, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon's collapse, President Johnson escalates America's military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the North and deploying ground troops in the South. - from The Vietnam War's Episode List
On September 19, 2017, 300 PBS affiliates across the U.S. aired "The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)," Episode Three of The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (The War, Prohibition). Produced by Burns, Novick, and Sarah Botstein, this 18-hour examination of one of the most divisive events in modern American history was 10 years in the making. It features interviews of participants from all sides, including civilians and veterans from North and South …

'The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick' Episode Review: "Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)'

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Episode Two: Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)

Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward

Directed by: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds. - from The Vietnam War's Episode List

On September 18, 2017, PBS stations across the U.S. aired "Riding the Tiger (1961-1963), Episode Two of The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (The War, Prohibition). Produced by Burns, Novick, and Sarah Botstein, this 18-hour exploration of one of the most divisive events in modern American history was 10 years in the making. It features interviews of participants from all sides, including civilians and veterans from North and South Vietnam. (Hence the series’ tagline: “There is no single truth in war.”)




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'The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick' Episode Review: 'Deja Vu (1858-1961)'

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Episode One: Déjà Vu (1858-1961)

Written by: Geoffrey C. Ward

Directed by: Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two. Communists in the North aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the South. – from The Vietnam War’s Episode List.

On September 17, 2017, PBS premiered “Déjà Vu (1858-1961),” Episode One of The Vietnam War, a 10-part documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (The War, Prohibition). Produced by Burns, Novick, and Sarah Botstein, this 18-hour exploration of one of the most divisive events in modern American history was 10 years in the making. It features interviews of participants from all sides, including civilians and veterans from North and South Vietnam. (Hence the series’ tagline: “There is no single truth in war.”)





“Déjà Vu (1858-1961)” is an …

Documentary Review: 'Peter Jennings Reporting - The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy'

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On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy, the youngest Chief Executive ever elected, was mortally wounded by a series of rifle shots fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Within an hour, the President was declared dead at Parkland Hospital, and Lyndon Johnson, having been sworn into office aboard Air Force One, flew back to Washington, D.C. believing the assassination was part of a larger Soviet-led conspiracy to wipe out America's top leaders as a prelude to World War III.

Later that afternoon, Dallas police officers arrested Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old ex-Marine and avowed Communist sympathizer who had once defected to the Soviet Union, for the murder of Officer J.D. Tippett. Later it was determined that he was the only employee at the School Book Depository unaccounted for after JFK's shooting, and he became the prime suspect for the murder of the President.

Sadly, before Oswald could be pu…

'The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick' Blu-ray Review

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"I never make films about things I know about. I make films about things I want to know about." - Ken Burns on Twitter, September 11, 2017. 

On Sunday, September 17, The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour-long documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered on PBS with the episode "Deja Vu: 1858-1961." Written by Burns' frequent collaborator, historian Geoffrey C. Ward, this epic series seeks to explore a complex and still divisive topic - the Vietnam War. 

Two days later, PBS Distribution released The Vietnam War on DVD and Blu-ray even though the series is still (as of this writing) in progress. PBS affiliates all over the country will air "Resolve: January 1966 - June 1967"  tonight, although some PBS members are already able to stream the series as part of their paid supporter's perks.

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divi…

'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The Radio Drama' Episode Review: 'The Millennium Falcon Pursuit'

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The Millennium Falcon Pursuit

Cast:

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill)Han Solo (Perry King)ChewbaccaPrincess Leia Organa (Ann Sachs)See-Threepio (Anthony Daniels)Artoo-DetooDarth Vader (Brock Peters)TarrinWedge Antilles (Dan Scardino)TransportAdmiral Piett (David Rasche)General Veers (Gordon Gould)Imperial Pilot (Jay Sanders)Narrator (Ken Hiller)
Reviewer's Note: All quoted material is from the 1995 Del Rey book Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - The National Public Radio Dramatization. This edition contains Brian Daley's complete radio play, which differs slightly from the version of the Radio Drama which aired on National Public Radio in 1983 and the original 1990s HighBridge Audio cassette and compact disc editions. The version in Daley's script was recorded, but as with the original 1981 Star Wars Radio Drama, edits were made at the request of NPR due to the needs of the radio format. The longer version is available in HighBridge Audio's more expensive Limited Edition CD …