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The Vietnam War

A film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War is a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The program features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including those who fought in the war, those who opposed it and civilians from both sides who have lived with the consequences.

In addition to the documentary, KCTS 9 has produced two programs to shed light on the music of the era and local people and how the war influenced them.

On the Record

What were the songs that defined this generation? The popular music of each year tells the story of how music evolved with the war and other key historical and cultural events. Listen to the music of each year while exploring the pivotal events that shaped the Vietnam War era.

Read the intro, written by Doug Bradley,
author of We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Jump straight into the interactive timeline.

Our Vietnam Voices

A KCTS 9-produced series of stories about local people impacted by the Vietnam War.

Watch "Our Vietnam Voices"

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“Deja Vu”
After a long and brutal war, revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of...
President Kennedy and his advisors wrestle with how deeply to get involved in South...
With South Vietnam in chaos, Hanoi accelerates the insurgency, sending combat troops to...


Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi...
Enemy body counts and American casualties mount as GIs chase an elusive foe and face...
Seeing the violence and brutality of the Tet Offensive unfold on television, Americans...
With the country at odds over the war, draft-age Americans face wrenching choices. After...
Nixon resigns amidst Watergate, while a brutal civil war continues in Vietnam. North...
South Vietnamese forces fighting on their own suffer a terrible defeat in Laos. After...
When troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for....
Find out about the creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick,...


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