Stories during wartime: an inter-generational conversation, Part I

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What does it mean to live through war? People across nations and generations experience war from very different perspectives: as veterans, civilians, conscientious objectors—voices you’ll be hearing during Stories During Wartime.

The interviewers are students from Sala Burton High School in San Francisco—young people coming of age in a time of American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some spoke with their grandparents, bystanders from countries directly affected by invading troops. Others spoke with American soldiers, men who were just teenagers themselves when they witnessed events that left them scarred decades after their tours of duty ended.

All the stories from China, Iraq, Vietnam, the Philippines and right here in the United States underline the ongoing impact of war on our communities and the importance of listening across generations to understand the meaning of war to real people and their lives.

Stories During Wartime is a production of KALW, Burton High School, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University. It was made possible by support from the California Story Fund by the California Council for the Humanities, Adobe Youth Voices and the San Francisco Education Fund.

This program originally aired in May 2008.