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The WKSU newsroom looks back at two significant historical events with a collaboration with Western Reserve PBS. As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War approaches, WKSU presents "Looking Back at Vietnam" beginning April 13, a series of reports covering the war and its aftermath. WKSU's effort continues with stories related to the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. As part of a larger PBS project, WRPBS broadcasts the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Last Days of Vietnam" on April 28, directed by Rory Kennedy and part of PBS' "American Experience" program.

 

Western Reserve PBS presents a slate of prime-time specials and 90-second vignettes related to the Vietnam War. Find out more about the special programming.


A new film focuses on the event that led to the Kent State shootings
The film depicts the burning of the ROTC building, the event that brought National Guard troops onto campus

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State, when National Guard troops killed four students and wounded nine others. One of the students on hand that day was amateur filmmaker Robert Elan, who documented some of the events on and around May 4th. For the first time he’s sharing footage of the incident that brought Guard troops from the city onto campus.  In this installment of our series, “Looking Back at Vietnam,” WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair talks with Elan about the burning of the ROTC building two days before the shootings on May 4th, 1970.
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Vietnam's lasting impact on the arts
Forty years later anti-war music and art linger in memory

From pacifism to radicalism, opposition to the Vietnam War took many forms. And various art forms expressed everything from prayers for peace to howls of rage.  In the final installment of our series: “Looking Back at Vietnam,” WKSU’s Vivian Goodman looks at the national and local impact on the arts during and after the war.
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PBS documentary chronicles the fall of Saigon through new footage and stories
'Last Days in Vietnam' includes firsthand accounts and unseen video from the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War 40 years ago

An Oscar-nominated PBS documentary premiering tomorrow tells the story of the chaotic final evacuation of Saigon 40 years ago. "Last Days in Vietnam" follows Americans and their allies as they attempt to save as many South Vietnamese as possible.

In the latest installment of our series, “Looking Back at Vietnam,” Amanda Rabinowitz talked with the documentary’s co-writer and producer, Keven McAlester.
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The Hmong: America's fiercest allies -- once left behind -- now call the U.S. home
Third and fourth generations are now being raised in Akron and other Midwestern communities

Editor's note: Extended interviews about the escape from southeast Asia and life in the U.S. and Akron are continued below this story. Forty years after Vietnam officially came to a close for the U.S., the role of the Hmong people remains largely unknown here. But it’s had a lasting impact on second and even third  generations in Akron. As part of our series exploring the legacy of the Vietnam War in Northeast Ohio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with the Akron Hmong community about its attempts to honor the past and prepare for the future.
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Covering the Vietnam War on the front and back home in Northeast Ohio
Three Northeast Ohio reporters look back on a tumultuous decade

Vietnam was all over the network news in the 1960s. But it was different for local news in Northeast Ohio for much of the decade. In the latest installment in our series, Looking Back at Vietnam, WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia talks to some local journalists about their coverage of the war in Southeast Asia.
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Northeast Ohio's Vietnam vets look back over the decades
A glimpse of the changes wrought by a war on the other side of the world

Forty years after the fall of Vietnam, have the men and women who served in that conflict gotten a better handle on what happened, and why. In the first installment in our series, Looking Back at Vietnam, WKSU’s Tim Rudell caught up with a group of local vets.
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The course of Vietnam has impacted U.S. wars in the decades since
The U.S. invests much more in understanding culture and sensitivities in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Know your enemy: Not just the military capability, but the culture, norms, politics and religious beliefs.

That’s the lesson some U.S. Vietnam veterans brought home from that conflict decades ago. In this installment of our series “Looking back at Vietnam,” WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports it’s something that the U.S military has taken to heart. 
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