The following podcast is brought to you courtesy of A World of Possibilities and The Mainstream Media Project.
Thirty-five years ago the war in Vietnam came to an abrupt end, yet for millions of Vietnamese soldiers and citizens and for thousands of American veterans and their descendants, a legacy of diseases, disabilities, and unexplained symptoms echo down the decades. During the war, some 4.5 million Vietnamese were exposed to highly toxic dioxins sprayed by the American military. Today we’ll hear from a range of individuals from varied sectors and backgrounds who’ve gathered together in support of a ten-year plan of action to clean up toxic hotspots in Vietnam and expand humanitarian services to people with disabilities as a result of exposure to Agent Orange dioxins.
This program was funded by the Agent Orange in Vietnam Information Initiative.
Susan Berresford, Convener, U.S. -Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin; Former President, Ford Foundation
Charles Bailey, Director, Special Initiative on Agent Orange, Ford Foundation
Rick Weidman, Director, Government Relations, Vietnam Veterans of America
Mary Dolan-Hogrefe, Director of Public Policy, National Organization on Disability
Bob Edgar, President and CEO, Common Cause
De Tran, Journalist, Editor, VTimes
Click on a guest’s name to hear their full, unedited interview.
Host: Mark Sommer
Senior Producer: Gregg McVicar
Associate Producers: Naihma Deady, Matt Fidler
Credits Narrator: Gabriela Castelan
Production Engineer: Michael Schwartz
Music in this Program: “Machine Gun (Live)” – Jimi Hendrix – Capitol Records; “A United Earth I” – Alan Stivell and Youssou N’Dour – Putumayo World Music; “Hoa Tau Co Nhac Ban Xuan Tinh” – Various Artists – Air Mail Music; “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child” – Hank Jones and Charlie Haden – Polygram Records; “Two Worlds” – Daniel Lanois – Anti/Epitaph Records; “String Quartet No. 2 (Company)” – Kronos Quartet – Nonesuch Records.
Duration: 55 minutes