Produced by Christina Egloff and Jay Allison
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Posted on November 07, 2005 at 06:14 AM
‘These Baronowski-tapes are a real find ’…any radio producer would agree… ‘Having these tapes as raw material to work with: what a treasure! You just can’t go wrong with them’.
But that’s exactly the pitfall: ‘cause you could go very easily very wrong with them, turning them into a sentimental melodrama. Thank god, this didn’t happen with these tapes!!! And there lies the real treasure of this radio piece: in the sincere processing of the tapes and in Duffie’s unpretentious, down-to-earth recounting of ‘how it was’ and ‘what happened’. No manipulation of sentiments and emotions, no frills. It’s presented raw, sober, very realistically, very ‘simple’: here we were, two ordinary guys in an unordinary setting: fighting holes in a war zone.
Duffie and Baronowski are in tune with each other: Baronowski’s taped voice describing impressions, surroundings, thoughts, longings and Duffie looking back, reflecting, remembering their shared experiences in the Vietnam war. Two voices in symbioses, sometimes profound, sometimes wondering, sometimes even funny, but always real. Two voices connected, confronting the listener with a touching story.
Posted on September 17, 2004 at 06:17 AM
This piece hit me so hard I had to listen to it twice in a row, just sitting there at my desk. For someone of my generation (I'm 22), whose knowledge of the Vietnam War was little more than a series of cliches about protests and government mistakes, this documentary brought the war to life. Airing this piece at any time would make a vast impression on listeners, but especially now, as our country struggles with another controversial war in Iraq, we need radio like this to help us experience what war is really like,
Posted on February 02, 2004 at 03:28 PM
Amazing. I've never accidentally used a hang grenade as a microphone.