Front Lines: A Selected Shorts Memorial Day Special

Front Lines: A Selected Shorts Memorial Day Special

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Credit: PRI

On Memorial Day, AM 1370 honors soldiers who have given their lives in battle, and remember also those who are still serving.  

On this special Selected Shorts program, we hear four works that look at the experience of war in different ways, from the real-life account of an officer to a futurist’s fantasy. Front Lines: A Selected Shorts Memorial Day Special airs Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370 and repeats Monday, May 29 at 1 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The first reading is from the anthology Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families. “Dear Boys” was a selection of emails written by Lieutenant Colonel Chris Cohoes to his young sons while he was serving in the Middle East.  One of them is read here by Matthew Modine. The second story imagines the experience of a former slave serving in the British Army during the Revolutionary War.  Charles Johnson’s “A Soldier for the Crown,” is read by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

The third story is Robert Olen Butler’s “A Mother in the Trenches,” in which a determined woman visits her son on the front lines of France during World War I.  The reader is Kathleen Chalfant.  The final story is by the late Brazilian writer Moacyr Scliar. His comically dystopian “Peace and War” imagines war as just another clock-punching job.  It’s read by Michael Cristofer.