Ken Burns' The Vietnam War Coming to WSIU-TV; WSIU Seeks Local Stories

Sep 12, 2017

For Immediate Release

Artwork for Ken Burns' The Vietnam War.
Credit Florentine Films/PBS

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Marines marching in Danang. March 15, 1965.
Credit Associated Press

Press Contacts: Jennifer Fuller, WSIU News & Public Affairs Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6245,; Monica Tichenor, Promotions Coordinator, WSIU Public Broadcasting, (618) 453-6160,

South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta. 1963.
Credit Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

New Ken Burns Film, The Vietnam War, to Premiere on WSIU-TV Beginning Sunday, September 17  

Local Vietnam War Veterans Invited to Share Their Stories

Carbondale, IL – The Vietnam War, a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on PBS stations nationwide and WSIU Public Television, a service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, this Sunday night.

The series will air on WSIU-TV8 and WUSI-TV 16 at 7pm from Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 21, and Sunday, September 24 through Thursday, September 28. Each episode will repeat immediately following its initial broadcast. The series will be rebroadcast weekly in its entirety on Tuesdays at 8pm from October 3 through November 28.

Episodes will also be available via streaming, in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, at and on PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.

Ten years in the making, The Vietnam War features testimony from nearly 80 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. It includes digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.

WSIU is also seeking stories from local Vietnam War veterans, those on the homefront, and others who experienced events surrounding the war, which may be shared on the air on WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio, and/or online at Those interested in participating are invited to share their story, along with photos or audio/video files, online at or by contacting Jennifer Fuller, Associate Director, WSIU News & Public Affairs, at (618) 453-6245 or

Local sponsors for The Vietnam War and companion local features on WSIU-TV and WSIU Radio are Southern Illinois Healthcare, Megabytes Technology Services, and the Missouri National Veterans Wall (

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department. 

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 

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