Aired: September 22, 2017

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

PFC Frank Williams, Combat Engineer, 173rd ENGR BN, 173rd ABN BDE, plays his harmonica during a lull in the operations at Dak To, 26 November 1967. U. S. Army photograph, National Archives.

  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place (28 min.)

    With: Doug Bradley and Craig Werner

    U.S. troops turned to popular music as a way of coping with the war in Vietnam. In this sound-rich show, the authors of “We Gotta Get Out of this Place”, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, play songs the soldiers listened from that era and explore how that music became the soundtrack of the war.

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  • On Their Own (13 min.)

    With: Joyce Hoffman (Old Dominion University)

    Women journalists who covered the Vietnam War are often not given their proper due when the history of the conflict is told. Joyce Hoffman is the author of On Their Own: Women Journalists in Vietnam. She shares stories of women who won esteemed prizes for their reporting and several who broke new ground covering the war.

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  • Military Mothers (11 min.)

    With: Mona Ternus

    In recent years, more and more military mothers have been deployed throughout the world. Mona Ternus says there’s a connection between the length of time military mothers are deployed and an increase in drug use, attempted suicide, and other risk factors for their children.

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