Tag Archives: U.S. Military

Remembering D-Day, Band of Brothers, The War, and The Cold Blue

Today, June 6, 2019, is the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “It plays like the stuff of military myth or legend, but it’s remarkably true: A disparate group of American recruits transformed into an elite rifle company, parachuted into France on … Continue reading

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Gun Control and the War at Home

Today is Pearl Harbor Day  It’s hard to believe that 74 years have passed since a stealth attack by Japanese air and naval forces decimated our U.S. naval base at Oahu Island’s Pearl Harbor.  It was a day–December 7, 1941–that would forever be stained … Continue reading

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Last Days in Vietnam Not To Be Missed on American Experience

I’ve always been fascinated by the offspring of super achievers. If their moms, dads, grandparents or great grandparents are heavy hitters in politics, the arts, medicine, sports, the military or scholarly pursuits, these kids have quite an act to follow. Independent filmmaker Rory Kennedy, … Continue reading

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Rebel Honors Latina Soldier in the American Civil War

I’m generally not a fan of documentaries that incorporate dramatic re-enactments into the mix. However, I applaud filmmaker María Agui Carter—Rockefeller fellow and native of Ecuador—who includes some quite lovely and effective dramatic moments in her new hour-long film, Rebel, premiering on PBS on Memorial Day … Continue reading

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The Invisible War Debuts Monday Night on PBS

Tomorrow night, the PBS series Independent Lens will host the broadcast premiere of a documentary I first covered during its theatrical release last summer (FrontRowCenter, July 2012).   Given the horrifying jump in sexual assaults in the military (current statistics were released by the … Continue reading

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Nora Ephron and The Invisible War

While I’ve been dragging my feet about how to frame my coverage of yet another powerful documentary about the U.S. military, I was shocked like many others to hear of Nora Ephron’s untimely death at 71.  No connection, you say?  Well, perhaps; … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Premieres Powerful Doc on Memorial Day

In light of the drastic funding cuts recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts, it’s more important than ever to support such hard hit PBS series as Independent Lens, P.O.V. and American Masters.  Independent Lens, produced by ITVS in … Continue reading

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