Airs Tuesday, November 11 at 7 p.m. In the 1960s, it took almost three weeks to cross the sea from America to Vietnam. Three weeks for young men in crowded cabins with salt water showers and absolutely nothing to do but think about home, the war, and what might be next. In this Memorial Day special episode we focus on a single troopship, the General Nelson M. Walker , and a few of the soldiers who traveled on it. There’s the man who wrote home about the voyage to Vietnam—about tanning oil, hillbilly radio, and a run-in with a typhoon. Another who survived the jungles of Vietnam, only to return home and feel as though democracy had passed him by. And then there’s the fiancée who snuck on board to say one last goodbye to her lover before he was killed in action. Through found tape and contemporary interviews, we recreate the troopship experience and capture the moments outside of combat—three weeks there, and, for the lucky ones—three weeks back. Later in the show: Women journalists who covered the Vietnam War are often not given their proper due when the history of the conflict is told. Joynce 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. Plus: 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.
Air Monday, December 12 at 1:00 p.m. Join the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they pay tribute to those who sacrifice and serve our nation through music. You'll hear the Choir in America the Beautiful, The Star-Spangled Banner, Our God Is Marching On, Prelude on My Country, 'Tis of Thee', Distant Land, Spoken Word, The Last Full Measure of Devotion, Cohan's Big Three, God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand, This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is Your Land, The House I Live In, Our God Is Marching On, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, and My Country, 'Tis of Thee.
Airs Monday, November 12 at 9:00 p.m. It was one of the greatest jazz orchestras ever assembled, led by a popular bandleader who took it overseas to raise the morale of the Allied soldiers fighting World War II in Europe—and who then vanished at the height of his popularity.
“Glenn Miller Goes To War With the Army Air Force Band” features interviews with AAF band member Nat Peck (who signed on with Miller’s military ensemble in 1943 at the age of 19), historian Michael McGerr, and the music of the AAF in all of its configurations—ballads with singer Johnny Desmond, uptempo swing numbers featuring the big band, easy-listening with-strings recordings, a modern-jazz small group side with pianist Mel Powell, and a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Bing Crosby in England in August 1944.