Monday, September 10, 2012

Moyers & Company: What It's Like to Go to War

I fell behind on watching Bill Moyers. What It's Like to Go to War was aired July 29th and it's typical Moyers. A fascinating conversation that goes on for an hour that you can't turn away from, and you wonder why there's no other show like this on TV.

"America has been at war for over a decade now, with millions of soldiers having seen death and dying up close in Afghanistan and Iraq. But most Americans, watching comfortably on their TVs and computers, witness mostly to statistics, stump speeches, and ‘expert’ rhetoric, don’t get what’s really going on there. Bill talks to Karl Marlantes — a highly-decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes Scholar, author, and PTSD survivor — about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Bill intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life."

The full episode is online.

No comments: