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Week of 12.7.07

Talking About War

How does a democracy decide to wage war? To commemorate December 7,1941—the very day Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese warplanes 66 years ago—David Brancaccio interviews filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick and the Rev. James Forbes Jr. The four discuss Burns and Novick's epic World War II documentary "The War." Looking to the past as a mirror to the present, the four discuss how the waging of war intersects with our notion of democracy.

"It's incumbent upon a democratic society to evaluate what the arithmetic is—the cost of war," Burns tells the group. The discussion yields sharp insight into the contemporary lessons of the year's must-see documentary.


NOW: Coverage of the War in Iraq

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NOW has spent much of 2007 covering the war in Iraq—from the front lines and military bases to the homes and neighborhoods of fighting and fallen soldiers.

NOW: Third Time Around
The personal battles of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and their families at home—an hour-long NOW special.

NOW: Hit or Miss
An uncensored look at the extremely dangerous and often overwhelming job of fighting the committed insurgency in Iraq.

NOW: Military Sexual Trauma
A shocking investigation into how women in the U.S. military are being assaulted and raped by fellow soldiers.

NOW: AWOL
Soldiers who went to Iraq, but decided the war was wrong.

NOW: Casualties of War
An American reporter in Iraq trying to uncover the truth is murdered.

NOW: No End in Sight
Did America's mistakes create the Iraqi insurgency?

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