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Celebrating National Short Story Month

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.04.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

We all remember our first time. Mine was in 10th grade AP English in 1963. I was almost about to swear off reading and AP English when I stumbled upon a particular short story, maybe one of the shorter stories ever written, that grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

Mad Men Meets the Assassination of Martin Luther King

William Bradley | Posted 06.29.2013 | TV
William Bradley

The Flood is a good episode of Mad Men, especially in a Season 6 off to an uneven start. It came at a good time, too, reassuring that our characters are not all irretrievably stuck in tedious personal melodramas. That, actually, they can be very appealing people.

From the Lion's Den: An Open Letter (and Invitation) to Vietnam Veterans

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Mark A. Ashwill

What America owes Vietnam it can never repay, though there are many Americans in the U.S. and Vietnam today, including veterans, who are striving mightily and in myriad ways to contribute to the physical and spiritual healing process.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

Rear Echelon Writers

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.24.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

What I most appreciate about Fobbit is the dark, gallows humor that by and large only soldiers can truly appreciate.

Mad Men: Are You Not Entertained?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Will Mad Men regain the acclaim that made it the best drama on television? Based on the response to To Have and To Hold, so far the answer would have to be no.

277 Million Boston Bombings

Robert Scheer | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil. President Obama made clear that "any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror." But are we as a society prepared to be judged by that standard?

History Rhymes in Afghanistan

Ethan Casey | Posted 06.17.2013 | Books
Ethan Casey

Any summary a reviewer could offer would be the merest potted version of what took the author years of research to stitch together, so I prefer to urge you to read the book itself.

'We Made A Lot of Mistakes But We Were Right' -- Robert Redford Explores Radical Questions From the 60s and Today

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Rick Ayers

It has finally happened. We knew it was coming. With the release of Robert Redford's film adaptation of Neil Gordon's book The Company You Keep, the Weather Underground has achieved the status of a cultural trope.

Gale Force Winds of History Hit Mad Men, Which Still Finds the Time for Some Obvious Practical Lessons

William Bradley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
William Bradley

This was a workmanlike episode, Mad Men moving some plot elements further into place, another chapter in Matt Weiner's novel for television, with some deft direction from series star Jon Hamm.

Life's a Beach: China Beach Series Released

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.15.2013 | TV
Doug Bradley

I'll place my China Beach order on Monday and, within a few days, will begin to wend my way through all 62 episodes. I know there were be moments, probably a lot of them, when I'll be angry at how "wrong" the show is about "my" Vietnam.

The Elephant in the Room: Militarism

Jeff Cohen | Posted 06.12.2013 | Media
Jeff Cohen

I spent years as a political pundit on mainstream TV -- at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. I was outnumbered, outshouted, red-baited and finally terminated. Inside mainstream media, I saw that major issues were not only dodged, but sometimes not even acknowledged to exist. Today there's an elephant in the room: a huge, yet ignored, issue that largely explains why Social Security is now on the chopping block. And why other industrialized countries have free college education and universal healthcare, but we don't. It's arguably our country's biggest problem -- a problem that Martin Luther King Jr. focused on before he was assassinated 45 years ago, and has only worsened since then (which was the height of the Vietnam War). That problem is U.S. militarism and perpetual war.

Mad Men: On the Comeback Trail in a Changing Cultural Landscape

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Mad Men is back, and I'm glad. Even though the two-part premiere episode wasn't perfect, it brought some keen acting, sharp dialogue, and stunning visuals. And it brought the show fully into the beginning of the fire that consumed the late 1960s.

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War: Revising the Past, Revisiting the Lies

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Mark A. Ashwill

Instead of a historical whitewash, why not confront the monstrous reality that the Vietnam War, or the American War, as it's logically known in Vietnam, was unjust, unnecessary, and immoral?

What Every Parent Should Know About Monsanto

Toni Nagy | Posted 04.04.2013 | Green
Toni Nagy

Last time I checked, Earth is the only place we have to live, and what kind of future am I providing for my daughter if I am not cognizant of how my life, and the decisions of my government, effect our environment?

Taking It to the Streets: The VA Catches Up

Shad Meshad | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Southern California, 1971: I had just returned from Vietnam where I served as a psychiatric social worker, and I was finding vets like me living on the street, under bridges, or in temporary communities of hooches in vacant lots or remote beaches and canyons.

April 4, 1968

Janus Adams | Posted 06.04.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

The next day as my mother brushed my hair for school, I saw a different me in the mirror. At age 8, northern, white parents had spat on me and torn my clothes for trespassing what they saw as their "turf" and I saw as school. Now, touched by King, I felt cleansed.

Vietnam in the Aftermath of a Chemical Holocaust

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Fred A. Wilcox's Scorched Earth completes the story of why, in fact, the spraying of the Agent Orange was pernicious, especially to Vietnam and its people.

Sharing a Bourbon and Branch Water with LBJ

Charles Garcia | Posted 06.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Charles Garcia

Even the most powerful leaders are human, and at the core, it's emotion that drives human behavior. If you want to be a great leader you must have a laser-like focus on your people -- so simple, yet easy to .

WATCH: Jane Fonda's 'Unforgivable' Mistake

OWN | Posted 04.02.2013 | OWN

Jane Fonda was always an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. In 1972, the Academy Award-winning actress and activist traveled to North Vietnam and ...

'A Bond That Will Last Forever'

Thomas R. Combs | Posted 05.31.2013 | Fifty
Thomas R. Combs

With all this jet fuel and ammunition on board, the last thing we want is a fire of any kind. Quick reflexes would save lives and equipment. We had to be ready for anything.

PHOTOS: Rare Vietnam War Pics Rediscovered

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.24.2013 | World

Charlie Haughey was 24 when he was drafted into the U.S. army in 1967. The Michigan native had been in college but ran out of money and was working in...

After 40 Years, Vietnam Memories Still Strong

AP | JAY REEVES and DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics

The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam 40 years ago Friday, and the date holds great meaning for many who fought the war, protested it or otherwise ...

Vietnam Veterans Look Back

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics

Forty years ago, soldiers returning from Vietnam were advised to change into civilian clothes on their flights home because of fears they would be acc...

The Amazing Race Mistake and the Jerry Bruckheimer I Know

Kenneth Robinson | Posted 05.26.2013 | TV
Kenneth Robinson

CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race made a horrible mistake in judgment. In the fallout, the personal integrity and patriotism of Jerry Bruckheimer have been impugned.