Monthly Archives: September 2017

Vietnam War veteran Len Brooks, from New Jersey, places his hands on names on the Wall That Heals, which is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is on display on the LBJ Presidential Library plaza everyday of the  Vietnam War Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus. 
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Episode 039 Ken Burns and Coming to Terms with The Vietnam War


This week I speak with America’s most acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, about his new project, The Vietnam War. This 10-part, 18-hour epic debuts on PBS on September 17, 2017. Vietnam has long been one of the most divisive events in recent US history. And yet, after making films on the two most popular wars in US history, the Civil War and World War II, Ken Burns has taken on this extraordinarily complicated and emotion-filled topic. It’s sure to generate a lot of commentary and — as he and I discuss in this interview — hopefully, many conversations in homes across the US. This episode begins with a short set-up piece, kind of a Vietnam 101, and then moves on to the main event, my interview with Ken Burns. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did.

Among the many things discussed in this episode:

Why Ken Burns chose to tackle the Vietnam War.

Why Americans initially supported the Vietnam War.

What eventually made the Vietnam War so controversial.

Why Ken Burns thinks his film has the potential to bring a divided America together.

How the Vietnam Wall went from controversy to sacred space.

About Ken Burns – website

Further Reading

Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns, The Vietnam War: An Intimate History (2017)

David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (1972)

Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (1991)

Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (1989)

Smithsonian, The Vietnam War: The Definitive Illustrated History (2017)

Karen Gottschang Turner, Even the Women Must Fight: Memories of War from North Vietnam (1998)

Music for This Episode

Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (JayGMusic.com)

Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)

Hefferman, “Discovery” (Free Music Archive)

Blue Dot Sessions, “Sage the Hunter” (Free Music Archive)

Hefferman, “Winter’s Trek” (Free Music Archive)

The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

Production Credits

Executive Producer: Lulu Spencer

Technical Advisors: Holly Hunt and Jesse Anderson

Podcasting Consultant: Darrell Darnell of Pro Podcast Solutions

Photographer: John Buckingham

Graphic Designer: Maggie Cellucci

Website by: ERI Design

Legal services: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too

Social Media management: The Pony Express

Risk Assessment: Little Big Horn Associates

Growth strategies: 54 40 or Fight

© Snoring Beagle International, 2017

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Episode 038 Classroom Wars! The History Behind the Fights over Bilingual Ed and Sex Ed in US Public Schools


It’s September, so this history podcast is rolling out its annual back-to-school episode. This go around, we address the question: What do the controversies in the 1960s and 1970s surrounding sex education and bilingual education have to do with each other? Well, quite a bit, as it turns out. And that’s why I’ll sit down with historian Natalia Petrzela to talk about her book, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press). It’s a fascinating examination of the history of education policy and how it both reflected and shaped political discourse about immigration and diversity, as well as attitudes about sex and sexual mores, in the mid-20th century. We also talk about Natalia’s role as a co-host of another fabulous history podcast, Past Present (http://www.pastpresentpodcast.com).

Among the many things discussed in this episode:

How political conservatives in the 1960s advocated bilingual education and cultural exchange with Mexico.

Why bilingual education became more controversial, in part, due to increased political activism by Latino rights groups like La Raza.

How efforts to promote bilingual education also led to increased acceptance of Latino culture and diversity in public schools.

How and why sex education became politicized in the 1960s.

How some conservatives in the 1960s linked sex education to promoting communism.

Why, despite great opposition, both sex education and bilingual education gained wide acceptance by the 1980s.

What Natalia Petrzela enjoys most about co-hosting the Past Present podcast.

About Natalia Petrzela
website
Twitter @NataliaPetrzela

Further Reading

petrzela book coverNatalia Petrzela, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (2016).

Carlos Kevin Blanton, The Strange Career of Bilingual Education in Texas, 1836-1981 (2007).

Jessica Fields, Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality (2008).

Janice M. Irvine, Talk About Sex: The Battles over Sex Education in the United States (2004).

Adam Laats, The Other School Reformers: Conservative Activism in American Education (2015).

Guadalupe San Miguel Jr., Contested Policy: The Rise and Fall of Federal Bilingual Education in the United States, 1960-2001 (2004).

Music for This Episode

Jay Graham, ITPL Intro (JayGMusic.com)

Kevin McCleod, “Impact Moderato” (Free Music Archive)

Lee Rosevere, “Going Home” (Free Music Archive)

Hefferman, “Winter Trek” (Free Music Archive)

The Bell, “I Am History” (Free Music Archive)

Production Credits

Executive Producer: Lulu Spencer

Technical Advisors: Holly Hunt and Jesse Anderson

Podcasting Consultant: Darrell Darnell of Pro Podcast Solutions

Photographer: John Buckingham

Graphic Designer: Maggie Cellucci

Website by: ERI Design

Legal services: Tippecanoe and Tyler Too

Social Media management: The Pony Express

Risk Assessment: Little Big Horn Associates

Growth strategies: 54 40 or Fight

© Snoring Beagle International, 2017