An American man and woman watching footage of the Vietnam War on television in their living room, February 1968

By Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report Magazine -, Public Domain,

University of Illinois Broadcast Archives - October 11, 1968

The Media and That War

A campus lecture on media coverage during the Vietnam War by journalist Gene Graham

Ithiel De Sola Pool

By Richard Rodstein - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

University of Illinois Broadcast Archives - February 29, 1968

Village Violence and Village Pacification in Vietnam

Ithiel De Sola Pool, head of the political science department at MIT, talks about the Vietnam War and the history of widespread violence in village societies.

Louis Wirth

University of Illinois Broadcast Archives - February 05, 1951

The Unfinished Business of a Democratic Society

A lecture at the University of Illinois by Louis Wirth, a sociologist at the University of Chicago, on February 5, 1951. The bulk of Wirth’s lecture is about social issues in the United States, but he frames his lecture in the context of U.S. interests abroad, specifically in relation to Russia and communism. He begins with the question, “ are the vital interests of the United States clearly threatened?” He argues that our interests and values should not be defined in relation to communist or Russian interests, and that the core needs and problems within U.S. society are deferred when we focus on vague threats of communism.