Top of the Morning, Oct. 20, 2017

Top of the Morning, Oct. 20, 2017

The Vietnam War happened more than 8,000 miles from Champaign-Urbana. But it had an impact on the community and the state.

WILL provides a look back with its radio documentary "Still Here: Vietnam War Stories from Illinois." The program airs at 3 p.m. Saturday and includes stories from Illinoisans who served in the war, protested the war or became war refugees.

Champaign's KIMBERLIE KRANICH and Chicago's JOHN FECILE are co-producers.

"We hope it will inspire intergenerational dialogues, critical thinking about the harsh realities of war, healing and connection," Kranich said.

The documentary includes profiles of DONALD HYCHE, a U.S. Marine area door gunner who lives in Champaign; TERRY HAIRRELL, an Army infantryman who lives in Champaign; UT HA, a war refugee from Vietnam who makes her new home in Urbana; BON BUI, a South Vietnamese Marine and POW who makes his home in Urbana; and JERRY WIESE, an Army combat medic who makes his home in Rantoul.

"These stories reveal the horrors of this war and war in general and highlight these individuals' survival and efforts to recover from the effects of the war," Kranich said.

Kranich said the documentary was created from oral-history interviews that were conducted over a two-year period. Special credit for the project goes to WILL, the Oral History Department at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, students in Professor STRETCH LEDFORD's Multimedia Reporting class, and colleagues at WSIU and WTVP.

On to my weekend recommendations:


'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 10:30 p.m., ABC

His recent political bent has brought the host a lot of attention and more viewers. Tonight's guests include actor Woody Harrelson and musician Paul Shaffer. Works for me.


'Hotel Transylvania,' 7 p.m., FX

Adam Sandler voices Dracula and his buddy Kevin James is Frankenstein in this clever animated film. Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi and David Spade also star.


NFL: Falcons at Patriots, 7 p.m., NBC

A rematch of the most recent Super Bowl. While it would much rather have the big trophy, Atlanta will try to get back on track against New England, which has had troubles of its own.

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