The Extraordinary Life of Ken Burns' Scriptwriter
Geoffrey C. Ward has written scripts for Ken Burns for the past thirty years, and his incredible life uniquely fits him for the job. He survived polio, hunted tigers in India as a teenager, and has an ancestor who bankrupted Ulysses S. Grant.
The Last Time the Democratic Party Was Torn Apart
The Democratic National Convention of August, 1968, held in Chicago, was a defining moment of the Vietnam era and a watershed in American politics. What actually happened during that devastating event that pitted police against protesters and ripped apart the Democratic Party?
A Timely Reunion Across Four Decades and the Globe
While serving in Vietnam, Marine Phil Seymour promised a watch to a Vietnamese boy who lived near his base. Forty years later, he finally delivered, reigniting a lost friendship and profoundly changing the lives of both men and their families.
Commemorating the Vietnam War Around Chicago
More than three million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians and more than 58,000 American soldiers died in the Vietnam War. Nearly 3,000 American soldiers were from Illinois. What memorials, in various forms, exist near Chicago to honor them?
Celebrating Chicago’s Vietnamese Community
Axis Lab seeks to preserve the culture and history of the Vietnamese community centered on Argyle Street in Uptown, as well as support the local businesses, through innovative artistic means. "It's up to us to continue our parents' work," says the executive director.