07 March 2012

The Art of War - Airs March 7th

A Really Happy Kid by Will Everet
A new generation of post-war Iraqi children is coming of age. One of them is ten-year old Ossama Ahmad. He vividly remembers when family fled to Syria and it comes out in his artwork. Reporter Will Everett met the ten year old on a recent trip to Damascus and files this reporter’s notebook.

Ink and M16s by Mujahid Suliman
In a war you have your typical players. They're the soldiers, the medics ...and the artist. Following in Winslow Homer's footsteps, Steve Mumford decided to go to war. Two weeks after the Untied States invaded Iraq he flew to Kuwait and made his way up to Baghdad with is pen and paper.

A Soldier's Story Set To Gunfire by Noah Nelson
Acclaimed first-time filmmaker Danfung Dennis worked for several years as a war photographer. He came to feel that his still photos didn’t portray what he was seeing and hearing on the ground.
So Dennis outfitted his Canon 5D Mark II with a jerry rigged set of stereo sound equipment and made the documentary Hell and Back Again. His film makes an unusual choice in that there is no musical score. Instead, he uses sounds gathered on the battlefield and manipulates them to highlight the emotion of the story. Noah Nelson of Turnstyle News reports.

What Little Girls Make by Susan Barrett Price
The rug weavers of Afghanistan, long renowned for their artistry, depict on their rugs the world that they see. Like television news, their rugs “report” current events. Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979
 Afghan weavers have borne witness to disaster by weaving unprecedented images of battle and weaponry into their rugs. Birds, sheep, flowers, have all turned into helicopters, Kalashnikovs, and hand-grenades.

Paint the Fallen by Tom Banse
Using a family's favorite photo, a professional custom hand-drawn portrait is available free of charge to families of all service men and women killed in Iraq or Afghanistan from artist Michael Reagan. Michael's goal with his
Fallen Heroes Project is to draw a portrait of every solider that is asked of him. So far he has drawn 2,700. Northwest News Network Correspondent Tom Banse has this profile of a Vietnam Vet with new mission. 

US Army Theater by Adam Allington
Bravo! is the United States Army's touring theater company. Soldiers audition and commit to a 6 month tour as professional actors and tour the world performing at military bases, hospitals and community theaters. Adam interviews the company after a show of "Pvt. Wars" by
James McClure at the Patton Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany. 

Arlington National Bugler
from ArtsEdge
Master Sgt. Jari Villanueva has spent his entire career playing bugle in the Air Force Ceremonial Brass. Jari describes his work, playing at ceremonial arrivals at the White House and playing Taps at funerals at Arlington. He also talks about the history of bugle calls and about the most famous playing of
taps; at President Kennedy's funeral.

Soviet Art in America
by Julia Barton
Some twenty years ago, the Soviet Union was in its last throes. A hardline Communist coup failed in August 1991, but officially the USSR still existed until December. As the empire crumbled, a huge cultural edifice dedicated to the arts crumbled with it. The Soviet art world - especially painting - was its own ecosystem, largely closed off from trends in the Western art world. Now, as Julia tells us, the remains of that Soviet ecosystem have a
museum in America's heartland.

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