Bill Moyers Journal: Body of War: Donahue & Spiro (videos)

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Bill Moyers Journal
March 21, 2008

Bill Moyers interviews former talk show host Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro on the true cost of war and their documentary, BODY OF WAR, depicting the moving story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war. With extensive excerpts from the film, the filmmakers talk about Iraq war veteran Tomas Young who was shot and paralyzed less than a week into his tour of duty. Three years in the making, BODY OF WAR tells the poignant tale of the young man’s journey from joining the service after 9/11 to fight in Afghanistan, to living with devastating wounds after being deployed to Iraq instead.

Video link & transcript Part 1


Phil Donahue
Co-Director/ Executive Producer, BODY OF WAR

If you’re going to send young men and women to fight for this nation, tell the truth. That’s one of the biggest reasons for the First Amendment. And we haven’t been. And so I thought I will tell the story, the real story of the harm in harm’s way.

Phil Donahue and the DONAHUE show have been honored with 20 Daytime Emmy Awards, including nine for Outstanding Host and a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Journalism Award.

Video link & transcript Part 2

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17 thoughts on “Bill Moyers Journal: Body of War: Donahue & Spiro (videos)

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  6. Thanks Phil and Ellen,
    The film is moving and impactful. We will talk more about bringing it to Santa Fe for Mother’s Day observance. FYI- Mother’s Day was originally a protest of war and the carnage of children by mothers after the Civil War and Spanish American War. (Google- “Julia Ward Howe and the Mother’s Day Proclaimation”)

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  9. I didn’t know that Phil has been speaking out. Of all the information I read and hear I was not aware of this. Are you talking about his talk show years ago? I think I am in the dark…

  10. Hi Mareen, thanks for your comment and for sending the link out. Phil has been speaking out before and during this occupation. He lost his own show because of it, too. 😦

  11. How nice to see Phil Donahue stand up and speak out as the media should be doing. I am emailing this link to all I know. Special admiration to Tomas Young and his family for letting this story be told in such a personal way. Thanks dandelionsalad!

    Peace to all…

  12. Thanks, Natureboy. I’ve found that hitting refresh works, too. Especially if you’ve watched the first video and then want to watch the second and the second won’t play right away. Plus as you said the links are there, too, if needed.

    Yes, everyone should watch this and the movie.

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