Coming to KSPS: THE VIETNAM WAR by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 6:00 am

From Sandra Kernerman, Director of Special Giving, KSPS Public Television

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, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Six years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Get an advance look at one of our Preview Screenings, featuring interviews with filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series.

KSPS Preview Screenings

The documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War, premiers on KSPS on September 17. You can watch a special pre-screening version of the documentary, and KSPS staff will be available afterward to answer questions.

Sunday, Aug 13, 2–3:30pm

Monday, Aug 14, 6:30–8pm

Saturday, Sep 9, 2–3:30pm

Tuesday, Sep 12, 6:30–8pm

Hosted by Whitworth University
Tuesday, Sep 12, 7–8:30pm

After the documentary series premiers, you also have the opportunity to listen to live music from the era.

Rhythms of Controversy: Songs from the Vietnam War Era

Brad Keeler and Linda Parman perform music of the Vietnam War era and explore the culture and politics surrounding the songs.

Monday, Sep 18, 3–4pm

Thursday, Sep 21, 7–8pm

Saturday, Sep 23, 3–4pm

Thursday, Sep 28, 7–8pm

Saturday, Sep 30, 11am–12pm

Thursday, Oct 5, 6:30–7:30pm

Sunday, Oct 8, 2–3pm

Monday, Oct 9, 4–5pm

Saturday, Oct 14, 3–4pm

Sunday, Oct 15, 2–3pm

From August 24–27, The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, will be at Mirabeau Meadows at Mirabeau Point Park in Spokane Valley. You can pay your respects and visit the mobile education center anytime from Thursday, August 24, 10am through Sunday, August 27, 4pm. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, 9am.

For more information, please visit The Vietnam War Project at the KSPS website.

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  • Bob May

    I left Vietnam the first time almost 50 years ago… I was a Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine Rifle Company (C Co. 1st Bn. 5th Marines)… I do not dwell on if our involvement was right or wrong…my job was to care for wounded Marines…I hope that my service made a difference…I am still humbled to this day by the sacrifices these young men made…God bless every man and woman who served.

  • truthtester

    I left Vietnam in 1969. I could see there was no will to win this war when I arrived in 1968. Bob McNamara was a dimwit micromanager. In spite of McNamara, we were winning when I left.

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    • ravi

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      • truthtester

        I don’t hate Muslims, it is they who hate all the rest of us, as is demonstrated by your vile spewing of hate.

        • ravi

          Once a Muslim hater always a Muslim hater