“The Vietnam War” on KIXE Channel 9 Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

What: KIXE to air the first of a 10 part series “The Vietnam War” on KIXE Channel 9 at 8pm. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
Broadcast Dates: Premieres Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8pm
Where: KIXE TV, Channel 9 (PBS)

Why: THE VIETNAM WAR is a 10 part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. An immersive 360-degree narrative, the series tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. THE VIETNAM WAR features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, produced by Sarah Botstein, Novick and Burns, it includes rarely seen, 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 revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The series features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from many of the greatest artists of the era, and original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

Thank you to your local program sponsor Dignity Health.
Episodes/ Premier date/ Repeat date
101: Déjà vu (1858 – 1961) Sept 17 8 PM Oct 3,9 PM
102: Riding the Tiger (1961 – 1963) Sept 18 8 PM Oct 10, 9 PM
103: The River Styx (Jan 1964 – Dec 1965 Sept 19 8 PM Oct 17, 9 PM
104: Resolve (Jan 1966 – June 1967) Sept 20 8 PM Oct 24, 9 PM
105: This is What We Do (July 1967 – Dec 1967) Sept 21 8 PM Oct 31, 9 PM
106: Things Fall Apart (Jan 1968 – July 1968) Sept 24 8 PM Nov 14, 9 PM
107: The Veneer or Civilization (June 1968 – May 1969) Sept 25 8 PM Nov 21, 9 PM
108: The History of the World (Apr 1969 – May 1970) Sept 26 8 PM Nov 28, 9 PM
109: A Disrespectful Loyalty (May 1970 – Mar 1973) Sept 27 8 PM Dec 5, 9 PM
110: The Weigh of Memory (Mar 1973 – onward) Sept 28 8 PM Dec 12, 9 PM

KIXE has partnered with the Shasta College Foundation and The McConnell Foundation to bring a voice to the local Vietnam experience “Vietnam Shasta Stories”. Beginning September 17th KIXE will air ten nights, one “Vietnam Shasta Stories” in-conjunction with the national airing of “The Vietnam War” episodes featured. Each Story will depict a local community member’s real life experience who lived it. All 10 individuals who are featured in our locally sponsored
“Vietnam Shasta Stories” can be located on KIXE’s YouTube Channel
and will be featured in a joint effort over the new few weeks on KIXE TV, Shasta College and the McConnell Foundations Facebook Pages.

On PBS.org http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/vietnam-stories KIXE’s local “Vietnam Shasta Stories” have been featured as two of the top three “Example Stories” nationally for an extended period of time. This is quite an honor as this site encourages all communities to upload their “Stories of Service” and we were chosen from many real life experiences.

Listed below you will find a brief description of our “Vietnam Shasta Stories” individuals.
1. Greg Caldwell: Enlisted right out of high school and was in Vietnam about six months later. Talks about growing up really fast and how when he returned home a lot of people were afraid of him and it was hard to relate to your peers.
2. Mike Stuart: Enlisted because he believed in what Kennedy said about doing our part to prevent the spread of communism. Served for 13 months before returning home. Retired school superintendent.
3. David Sachao: Of Mein decent, both sides of his family fought in the secret war in Laos. They fled to a refugee camp in Thailand before coming to the United States. He was born a couple months after they landed in America.
4. Waul McMahon (version 2): An Army medic. For his first year and a half deployed he traveled and treated battalions in the field. Spoke about larger Vietnam picture and was the war worth it?
5. Yoon Nam: Of Mein decent, his father served alongside the CIA in the secret war in Laos.
6. Leon Green(version 2): Was part of the first combat battalion in Vietnam. Talked about Agent Orange.
7. Mike Dahl: Enlisted as a Marine. Recently lost his son who suffered traumatic brain injury after serving in Iraq.
8. Songkeo and Kaison Souryaseng: A couple from Laos. He was a teacher before he was recruited to fight alongside the CIA in the secret war. They met in a POW camp where they were married and started their family. They were in the POW camp for nine years before escaping in 1984. They made it the United States in 1986.
9. Waul McMahon (versions 1): An Army medic. For his first year and a half deployed he traveled and treated battalions in the field. For his last six months he flew in what they call a Dust-off where he flew in a medical helicopter to recover those who had died or were injured.
10. Roger Yellowknife: Enlisted, worked with radar to detect threats.
11. Mey Chao-Lee: Her father and grandfather both fought in the secret war in Laos. She was a young child and has memories of seeing her grandpa tortured. She also remembers fleeing across the Mei-Con river into Thailand.
12. Leon Green(versions 1): Was part of the first combat battalion in Vietnam. Spoke about Race.

Additional local Partnerships for “The Vietnam War” 10 part series include:
Chico State Screener “Vietnam War; Tthe Hmong Chapter” Join Us Tonight September 14, 2017 for a reception, preview, and panel discussion made possible by a grant from WETA and our local partners the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology in a collaborative program with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, for a reception and special exhibition on Hmong culture and the war coupled with a preview and panel discussion. Hear from Hmong elders and historians and explore the museum’s exhibition, Hmong Reflections: Stories of Our Own.
Discover how North State stories and insights align with the voices of Ken Burns’ new documentary The Vietnam War. The event is free and open to the public. 5:30-6:30 Reception at the museum, featuring traditional Hmong foods. 7:00-7:30 Preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, The Vietnam War, 7:30-8:30 Panel Discussion, in Colusa Hall, room 100A, CSU Chico

Lynn Fritz will be producing 8 extended radio interviews of our local “Vietnam Shasta Stories” during “Enjoy Exceptional Living” radio program on KLXR Radio beginning November 11 thru December 2, Saturday mornings at 8am.

ANewscafé reporter Chad Grayson wrote a wonderful story as one of our media partners https://anewscafe.com/2017/09/10/ken-burns-the-vietnam-war-to-air-on-kixe/

Shasta College Foundation, The McConnell Foundation and KIXE will hold a Screener and Panel discussion regarding “The Vietnam War” and our local “Vietnam Shasta Stories” on November 7th, noon in the Shasta College Theatre. During this screener our audience will experience STORYTELLING, HEALING, EDUCATION and experience the Vietnam War through the experiences and stories of five Shasta County residents who lived it. Hosted By: Chris Rodriguez PANEL DISCUSSION • QA • CLIPS OF VIETNAM WAR This free event is open to all students, staff, faculty and the public.

KCNR “Radio Hour” in partnership with Shasta College Foundation will hold a live
discussion/interview on October 9th “The Vietnam War” and “Vietnam Shasta Series” along with the November 7th panel discussion to be held at Shasta College in the Theatre at noon. This screener is made possible by the Shasta College Foundation and The McConnell Foundation.

Enjoy magazine will feature a two page in-depth story in its October issue regarding the national program “The Vietnam War” as well as focusing on community collaborative “Vietnam Shasta Stories” and the November 7th screener held at Shasta College in the Theatre. This screener is made possible by the Shasta College Foundation and The McConnell Foundation.

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