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Maya Lin’s Vietnam Memorial changed how we remember war. We’ll talk with her about her last, public memorial — a monument to vanishing species.

Maya Lin discusses her redesign of Queen Anne Square during a press conference in Newport, RI, Monday, June 6, 2011. Lin collaborated with landscape artist Edwina von Gal, not pictured, in the art installation located at the park. (AP)

Maya Lin discusses her redesign of Queen Anne Square during a press conference in Newport, RI, Monday, June 6, 2011. Lin collaborated with landscape artist Edwina von Gal, not pictured, in the art installation located at the park. (AP)

The great Maya Lin carved a permanent, powerful place in the American heart with her Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. She was 21 when she drew that black granite line in history. Went on to a wide-ranging life in design.

A dozen years ago, Maya Lin announced she was out of the memorial business entirely. But, she’s done one more. To all the species vanished or vanishing from the Earth. A memorial filled with the sounds of birds and frogs and primates slipping away.

This hour in an archive edition of On Point: Maya Lin and “What is Missing?”

-Tom Ashbrook

Guest

Maya Lin joins us from New York. An award-winning architect, designer and environmental artist, she’s best known for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.  Her  latest work, which she calls her final memorial, is “What Is Missing?” It focuses on extinct and vanishing species, and incorporates sculpture, video, sound, hand-held electronics, printed material and an interactive website.

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Maya Lin’s official website offers a rich visual experience. Covering the full scope of her work, it includes a wealth of beautiful images and provides detailed background information on the art and the artist.

“The Missing Piece” — Susan Morgan reported on Maya Lin’s “What Is Missing?” in a multimedia feature for The New York Times Style Magazine that includes a photo gallery.

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  • Jeanie

    Maya Lin thanks for all your terrific work — I suppose I’m on the James Young continuum regarding memorial work meaning that work is in the production to be sure but also in the conversation leading to the presentation of memorial. It’s difficult, I’m sure, to memorialize while in the active business of re-membering, literally reconstructing in physical form. What does it mean to stand in the shadow of the wall (vietnam) & regard iraq and afghanistan? thanks! Jeanie

  • Fuerer

    Humans are a very destructive and arrogant species.

    We can’t create one new life form.

    Yet we are destroying millions with little thought or care.

    Gone. Forever.

    Maya, no matter how beautiful of a memorial you create and no matter how moved people are they won’t change their way of life one bit to save a species from destruction. We are that selfish.

    I can see the path we are going down and at the end of it is our own extinction.

  • Julian Cole

    Wonderful work by Maya Lin – thank you! It is so important to understand how badly we are wrecking the planet and its life.
    Now many scientists are beginning to think about the possibility – no, the probability – of our own extinction. It’ll only be when people are seriously frightened for themselves, their grandchildren, the heritage they could leave. A memorial to ourselves will make the point in a way that will be even harder to avoid hearing.
    Thanks once again for your work.

  • Dan Young

    Reminds me of the Lorax…

    Can the monument travel? This needs to be experienced everywhere!

  • Scott Johnson

    Maya,

    Thank you for the VM. For 10 years I rode my bike to work from Arlington to DOC – crossing over memorial bridge and up the mall. On rainy cold winter days I would get off my bike and walk along the VM. The memorial in rain is amazing! Add the hush created from the cars wheel wells in the rain create an amazing silence and is truly inspiring. When I tell this story I still get goose-bumps thinking back to it.

    I now live in NY’s Adirondack Park and miss my ride by the VM. But my new home puts me in touch with your new effort. Something I will share with my 7 year old son who actually gets the fact that man is impacting nature, even to extinction.

    The google effort sounds amazing. As we see things greatly change in the Adirondack preserve and hope to contribute to your effort in the future.

    Scott Johnson

  • Fuerer

    To make my point.

    The vanishing of the honey bees and other pollinators.

    One out of every three bits we take including most fruits and vegetables we wouldn’t have without them.

    Cell phones have been suspect in their decline. A study concluded that due the electromagnetic waves from the towers shorted out the navigational abilities of worker bees so that they couldn’t find their way home after going out to collect pollen.

    Yet if it were to be proven that cell phones were killing off our bees would we all give up our cell phones to save the bees?

    I would bet my life we wouldn’t.

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Heavy bet, are you really ready to bet that big?  We DO have smarter options, for most that we do!

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Strange screne name for one with your attitude?

  • jemimah

    My God, you’re brave. This is so important, but it absolutely breaks my heart to hear these animals and to think about so many heading toward extinction. How can we bear to think about it every day…but more importantly, how can we not? Thank you.

  • Sandy

    I went looking for the loon this fall in the Adirondacks.

    Only found one.

    Usually in the fall I can find one pair per lake.

  • Stephanie

    Thank you for this show. Thank you Maya Lin for your work. The recordings are beautiful, and so moving. I hope to see the memorial with my kids someday. And I am glad that you talked about the wake-up call aspect of the art being more important than using it simply as a vehicle for mourning species already extinct. I hope organizations, citizens and government will learn enough from the memorial to want to take action to save habitats.

  • Kirk Merritt

    Great program! My thought is there needs to be balance in the protection of plants and creatures in the enviornment. Case in point being shuting down agriculture in the California central valley to protect a fish that has no true redeming value.

    Kirk Merritt
    Nokomis, FL

    • Terry Tree Tree

      If it produced the only cure for cancer?  That could NOT be synthesized?  Which deity are you, that knows the value of each and every living being?  Loki?  Shutting down agriculture, to protect a species, indicates a severe lack of creativity, on the part of those that chose!  You know this about the central valley of Ca., living in Fla.,  how?  Sometimes the people controlling from behind the scenes, do things like this, for their profit!

  • Bill Murphy

    beautiful sensitive program!
    yes the meadowlark is missing!
    we grow a few blueberry bushes and have some blueberries each year.
    the meadowlarks are always present for the good pickings.
    but now the meadowlarks seem to be missing!

  • http://shulmandesign.net Alan Shulman

    Two comments:
    First, to Kirk: the fact that you can not cite any redeeming value for the fish you mentioned only indicates your own lack of knowledge, not the lack of value of the fish. Everything in nature has a purpose, even if we don’t understand what it is at the moment.

    Second, regarding the Vietnam monument; my experience of it has been less personal; instead, I find myself mourning for a nation that still doesn’t understand why it fought that war that cost so much. And as I walk downward into the monument, everything else in the world gets shut out, just as descent into the Vietnam quagmire shut out so much that was promising, till the deaths and now this giant tombstone enveloped and envelop our entire consciousness.

  • http://www.thecraneproject.blogspot.com Judy Dunn

    I am deeply touched by listening to Ms. Lin, and her reflections on her work and her process. She has been part of the inspiration of a memorial project I have begun to memorialize the lives lost in Iraq…all lives lost…not just our soldiers. I have seen through her work how powerful the visual can be to comprehend. Thank you for this show.

  • Lenore Zaunere

    As a former Enrichment Coordinator Teacher, I am listening to your story and thinking what a wonderful authentic project this would be for students of all ages with their grandparents to work on the Map of History together.

    We try to engage young and old, and this would be an opportunity for grandparents to tell their grandchildren about sounds and sights that they no longer hear or see due to the habitat and environment change. Then they coiuld work on the map together – what possibilities: habitat study, biology, inter=generational projects.

    Thanks,
    Lenore

  • Paul Hodel

    Thank you for your living memorials. I join you in your activism for peace, women, civil rights, species, and the entire earth. Your hopeful vision of remembering and sustaining our precious planet and all of its member subjects is a veautiful expression of universal love.

  • BAS

    The big aching picture! Thanks for this program, Tom – and more particularly thanks, Maya Lin. The collective wound listening to itself catalized by hearing about your current work calls us home, the place we need to be to keep our bearings in this ‘what is missing?’ reflection.

  • http://www.lilysgardenherbals.com Kim Falcone

    Maya Lin,

    Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in my intense passion for trying to refocus the thoughts of humans on this planet from our quest for ‘creature comforts’, to the needs of wildlife, be it flora or fauna, for simple survival. Your project will put many, many folks who otherwise may not venture out into the natural world, in touch with a part of them that they may not even be aware of-which is we are all a part of the web of life. (Yes, Kirk, every life form on the planet has ‘redeeming value’). If we do not listen to this beckoning call, it will be at our own peril.

    Much success with your project!

  • bev ballow

    Loss of habitat, toxicity, and foolish shortsighted industrial and commercial practices has changed the world I live in in my short lifetime (though I am pretty ‘old’ it is short on the grand scale). And it isn’t just on land. Consider the ocean and her new ‘continent of toxic plastic, guaranteed to last for generations, unless we do something. And with Ms Lin’s (and others) inspiration, maybe we can solve it.
    Incurable optimist,
    Bev

  • Brett

    First of all, a comment before my main comment: Thanks to Alan Shulman for responding to what Kirk said. Ecosystems are so delicate; an upset, no matter how ostensibly slight, can send a negative reverberation throughout the natural world. Often, after it is too late do we only recognize the ramifications and true cost of not thinking holistically.

    To the Vietnam Memorial: I lived near the complex known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for 20 years. The main structure, the VVM Wall, was finished in 1982, if my memory serves me correctly. It created quite a lot of controversy when the design was first presented to the public, so much so that another sculpture was added to the design to calm the storm. The Three Soldiers statue, which was more in an heroic tradition of war memorial statues, was added. Later, to honor the women who served in the war, most of whom were nurses, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was added to the complex. That design, although traditional and representative, also carried some controversy and was changed twice I think. I remember those stories transpiring as such from articles in the Washington Post and from various discussions at work, at the time.

    I am so glad Maya Lin’s design was not abandoned. The controversy quickly faded as people began to visit the Wall. I believe its design and impact says something about our need for abstraction in our lives. The other memorials there are beautiful, and there is a need for those kinds of traditional memorials (the Iwo Jima Memorial is also near there in Arlington, Va., and a 3/4 size copy is farther south at the marine base at Quantico, Va.). Sometimes, though, traditional art hits our intellect too quickly and can impose on us what we are supposed to think and feel. Abstract art can sometimes first permeate our beings viscerally and bring forth emotion before our intellects have a chance to respond. Anyone who has visited the VVM Wall can attest to how powerful a structure it is and how readily one can be overcome with emotion in its midst.

    Maya Lin’s piece, “What is MIssing?” looks and sounds like a memorial sculpture of great importance. One I hope to see some day. I think the design is brilliant! The audio portions sampled on this program were sublime.

    Thank you, Tom/On Point, for a fine show, and thanks to Maya Lin for not only bringing great art and architecture to the world, but also for being an artist, with all that that truly means. I enjoyed hearing her speak. When I was in my thirties I thought that art was dead, or at least in a moribund state. I no longer feel that way. It would behoove society to pay very close attention to artists these days. They often are way ahead of the curve, and many are leading us toward an evolved consciousness.

    • Brett

      Yeah, what I said two years ago! 

  • ned studholme

    Maya Lin has discovered and is using a powerful force to help us “experience” rather than think about emotional and spiritual things. Very, very few of us really grasp the extent to which language dominates the brain, and prevents access to non-verbal experiences. When you decend the black wedge into Maya’s war memorial, the tears appear like majic on your face, and no words can express the experience.

    She now extends this basic principle to all auditory and visual experience. Thanks you Maya…

  • Alan Lockez

    Thankyou Ms. lin for the public empathy you generated;it was a moving inspiration to-finally listen to someone with a real Heart and Human values. I genuinely hope you don’t have to design a memorial for earth; the jewel of the cosmos, now in the early-to-mid stages of morbidity, just waiting for either a major nuclear chain reaction or some other human folly of self-destruction. It seems to me that Religion, once the savior of the soul, is now one of the major destroyers of happiness and life. How sad is it that those who believe in God are so willingly delighted to destroy the Creation of our living Heavenly Home.

    • Terry Tree Tree

      According to my bible knowledge, they cannot believe in God, as God said he is in ALL living things!

  • http://ourpastloves.com Kate and Leon

    Our thanks to Maya Lin for all her work, her attention to what really matters. In the interview, there was something about balancing our own (human) needs with the needs of the planet. Yes, this can be done, if we all pay attention to what we truly NEED, rather than simply want. That would be a huge awakening for this consumer culture, a necesary awakening to give this wanderful planet, our home, a chance to continue giving us its gifts.

  • http://www.Bernheim.org Wren Smith

    Oh Maya, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this work! Timing, urgent and relevant! I train volunteer naturalists for Bernheim Arboretum and discuss with each new group of trainies how greater awareness of nature’s diversity in a double-edged sword. We take delight in learning to hear the woodthrush in the eveing woods or a close encounter with a tiny red eft; and then multiple our joy in these by sharing what we notice with others.

    But such noticing also means that we have entered into a contract of sorts with that which we notice; we now have an imperative to bear witness to what comes up missing in our woods, fields and lives. Writer Robert Michael Pyle suggest that “the depletion of encounters with other species anounts to an extension of experience,” one that not only threatens neighborhoods species by also human perception of the natural world.

    How can places like Bernheim particpate in this memorial?

  • Alan

    Thank you, Maya Lin, for all you have done in this tattered world. Your art, your clear thinking, your humanity are truly inspiring. I am a Vietnam veteran. Thank you, too, for the deep respect you have shown our fallen brothers and sisters. By honoring them, you have honored us all. Finally, thank you for helping to bring me home. Probably, I could have done it without your art, but your art truly helped make the coming home a transcendent experience. Hoa binh. (Peace.)

  • justanother

    ****A memorial to ourselves will make the point in a way that will be even harder to avoid hearing****

    Posted by Julian Cole, on November 2nd, 2009 at 11:27 am EST****

    So true, we would hope this can awaken our consciousness and conscience toward the great nature. But you know, there is always another group of people don’t believe this because they are too lazy to change their way of life, and don’t believe this is a serious problem. They choose to do nothing about it until governments step in. That’s why Copenhagen meeting is so important, we need to get involve to get our concerned voice out there so the whole world knows there are billions of people support protecting, restoring nature, and minimize our carbon drastically. We as regular daily working people can be powerful if we all stick together and be persistent.

  • justanother

    I have watched a good amount of environmental or global warming related films. “The 11th Hour” produced by Leonardo DeCaprio really stuck with me. It is those people he interviewed, and the Biomimicry ideas toward the end offer some really mind opening possible solutions. Especially if you watch the bonus feature, more possible solutions are discussed in it.

  • jonibologni

    I only listened for little while, because I got mad and stopped… Common loons aren’t endangered. Maybe from the dirty disgusting NE USA… but not elsewhere. Maybe all the lithium from your Prius batteries will seep into the water table and cancel out the mercury that killed them all in Pennsylvania and New York.
    Point being that Lin should have focused on animals that are really in trouble… not just cute ones (Bald Eagles, Koalas and Loons- none of which are even listed as threatened, much less endangered). She’s just helping to perpetuate the ignorance of the public by doing so. People need to get out of their filthy cities if they even want to hear a loon or love to love the planet!!!

  • jonibologni

    OK… well they did have prairie chickens at the end. Those are in pretty bad trouble and not so fuzzy and cute.

    BTW, the comment by Fuerer about cell phones and bees is based on a scientific article that was published in a journal that is basically unrecognized by the scientific community and the article itself has been widely ridiculed. The bee disappearance (CCD) is NOT caused by cell phones.

  • Marcelina Moreno

    This art work of “Whats Missing”, is really interesting to me because the colors they are rich and full of life and the tiger at the end of the tunnel, its amazing how it all fits together.

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  • Terry Tree Tree

    Thanks Maya, for both, and your vision, and talent.  Quite a contribution!

  • MoniqueDC

    the root cause (as for many of our difficulties) is lack of population control.   Birth control should be made widely and freely available throughout the world.     Fewer people brings a host of improved conditions.    I’m so surprised that overpopulation is so rarely discussed when we explore all the problems that are derived from it.

  • Cory

    I’d love to find a way to save all the world’s animals from the fate we are undeniably dealing them.  Unfortunately, we don’t even have a clue how to treat one another reasonably.

    Heal thyself, humans.

  • Ellen Dibble

    Last Monday I went out doing errands, and I go by bike.  I start out mad because the road I go on has been narrowed in the last month or so in order to slow down the cars, but in effect it reduces the gutters for bicycling to nothing.  So my environmental horns are out anyway.  But right in the road was a small dark bird, not one I recognize but a bit like starling, dark with bright flecks.  It sat near the side of the road very peacefully, and I was biking toward it, basically right at it.  I called out, “Hey, stupid bird.  Git!  Git!”  Et cetera, et cetera.  It didn’t flick a feather, but it was also right in the path of oncoming traffic.
       In about ten minutes I came back in the other direction, returning, and there was that bird — flattened, with a few sprigs of feathers upstanding.
        To me, this is the cornucopia of the biosphere, guided by the intelligence of humans, sitting in the middle of the road.
       Git!  Git!

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

      Of course, if it were a starling, it isn’t supposed to be in America in the first place.

      • Ellen Dibble

        It was a real idiot bird.  Immune to all noise and motion.  That or it was in a divine trance.  Heck of a place to do your Sunday prayers.  Any idea what it was?
        I did also get off my bike to yell at it.

        • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

          It sounds like a starling, but I’m no birder.  What I know is that they were introduced to North America because we needed to have every species mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000686807874 Lena Grant

    Traveling across Iowa East to West on interstate, there were no birds on the phone lines, and no wildflowers beside the road.  Going back east on Iowa 34, we saw lots of birds on the wires and many wildflowers beside the road.  Southern Iowa has many more Mennonite farmers.

  • Ellen Dibble

    My view of the Vietnam War memorial, for what it’s worth.  I’ve never been there, but I think it would affect me the way very high ceilings affect me, like cathedrals or auditoriums, when interpolated with the infinite, the space dead people disappear into.  With the wall, you can touch the name of one, but the expanse connects you to the hugeness of the losses.  It suggests the infinite, by which I mean that which is beyond our capacity to imagine.  
    I think we confront the infinite — inadequately — when trying to think of dealing with $14.3 national debt.  It is too large to conceive of, so we “put down our foot” at no more, no more at all.
       Or similarly, our inadequacy in the face of the infinite comes to the fore in thinking about the coming down of the towers on September eleventh.  Instead of grasping the complexity of the event, weeping at the mathematical/chemical vastness of it, we try to particularize it into something we can touch and weep at, and we aren’t good at that.
        So.  Maya Lin, more please, about the limits of human capacity to come together as a species and comprehend the size and scope of modern realities.

  • Peter (Boston area)

    Maya Lin repeats a claim often made in conservative circles that returning Viet Nam vets were spat upon.

    We have pictures and evidence of many shameful episodes in US history, but none to substantiate this claim.

    • Ellen Dibble

      How old are you?  There were photos at the time.

      • Peter (Boston area)

        Ellen, I’m old enough to have been drafted in that war, and if there were photos, I’m sure conservatives would be exploiting them like they did with the photo of Jane Fonda on the cannon.  I’m also old enough to have spoken with South Vietnamese students at Harvard who told me that although they were not sympathetic to the “ant hill” life of communism, they, like many of their countrymen, felt Ho Chi Minh was the liberator who freed them from the French colonialists. They compared Ho to George Washington. That was the turning point for me.  That war sucked, and this war sucks.

        • Ellen Dibble

          I did not have a television till about 1990, and part of that was the sense that I could not deal with “the news.”  I couldn’t tell fact from fiction but I could hear the heat-not-light of the era, but there are cringe-making images that I have seen.  Family relationships where fathers had fought in World War II and the sons did pot, LSD, one way or another dodged the draft — those were not necessarily violent/spitting relationships, but they weren’t/aren’t good.  And likewise among citizens, those who thought the only way to end the war was for all to refuse to be drafted, to burn draft cards, go to Canada, they were sometimes more than upset with those who not only saw things differently but acted on it, served.  I think you could still divide a group of people, especially men, into two icy sides by identifying the draft resisters and those who served.  
          The images etched in my mind of returning troops being hooted in various ways, those images could be exploited, I suppose, but by whom?  I think the nation as a whole, all sides, was wounded by the long, long struggle to bring the war to a close.  
              Again, we have a war that sucks, but at least there’s not a draft to create that antipathy.  But on the other hand, the anti-war movement might be more effective the other way.

  • Dan

    The Mass 9/11 Memorial, located in the Boston Public Garden opposite the former Ritz Hotel, came to mind as I listened to today’s guest.  The names are in small type, the stone is simple, the view both restful and stunning, as if to say, can you IMAGINE the contrast between this place and the place where these people died?  It was designed by the families of those who died, with sincere support from many, and was completed long before any other memorials to lose lost 10 years ago.

  • Modavations

    Ms.Lin need not worry.Between this mornings two shows, I heard at least 20 “Loons”

  • Modavations

    The Guardian wrote a story about some NASA guys, who say aliens will destroy humankind,to keep our predations on nature,from contaminating the rest of the galaxy.Now Herr Krugman’s rant on Fahreed’s show,make sense.

  • Modavations

    A few years ago N.Geo.ran a story about biologists disovering hundreds of new species, in the remote jungles of Vietnam.

  • Modavations

    There are zillions of islands between Austrialia and Hawaii(King Kong) and no one has any idea what’s going on out there.If Maya would pick up Simon and Schuster’s guide to fossils,she will discover zillions of extinctions over the course of 200 million years.

  • Modavations

    In 1975 the scientific genius’ predicted Global Winter(same reasons)and Herr Erlich wrote the Population Bomb!!!!!!Rachel Carson’s specious work, led to the banning of DDT,which in turn ,led to the deaths of 5 million in Equatorial Africa,from Malaria.May I suggest you google Dr.Lindzen,professor of Meteorology(30 yrs.)at MIT,for the contrarian view

  • Modavations

    Every year there is an efficiency award.It always goes to either Switzerland,or the USA.While Europe has a total of 15 trees,our forests are vast.If the environmentalists would let us clear the brush,maybe they wouldn’tl burn down all the time.I had a hoot when Mr.Maddow ran the ad. about building a new Hoover Dam.It would take 7 seconds before the environmentalists litigated, for the 3 toed,brown toad.

  • Modavations

    For the first time ever,Mayor Bloomberg declared a form of martial law in NYC.Does this portend things to come?.What are his intentions for the next election,or will he even bother to have them?Afterall,he was for Term Limits,before he was against them.

  • Modavations

    There is one extinction I will note.That will be the elimination of both the Dems.and Rep.Parties,replaced by Term Limit Parties.

  • Rebecca

    Maya Lin’s bravery in following her instincts is inspiring.  Those who surround a design process or any process with expert opinions on what will “work” or what we will “like” do not hold the whole picture.  We are so furtunate that you combine strength with your talent because we benefit from the decisions you’ve made throughout your work.  Thank you for making the work so accessible, and not ostentatious.  I am inspired and grateful.

  • KH

    I only caught the end of the broadcast and will listen to all of it later.  I am a major fan of Maya Lin’s memorials and look forward to learning more about her other work.  As a China specialist I was struck by her reference to a Western philosopher and encourage her to also refer to an example like that of Mencius (4th century BC), Book 6/Part 1/Chapter 8 on the deforestation of Ox Mountain.    

  • As

    I think the title is better without the question mark.

  • Bob in Minnesota

    I only heard a small portion of this show. While I appreciate the sentiment behind the artist’s work, and agree that human activity is often the cause of the decline in certain species . . . the two examples I heard were stirring but misleading. In the upper Midwest, at least, loons are common and seem to have learned to coexist with human activity. I guess our lake water has less acid rain, mercury and lead pollutants. And bald eagles are one of the nation’s environmental success stories. They’ve gone from nearly extinct due to DDT, to commonplace after its ban. Both the common loon and bald eagle are now classified as species of “least concern.” 

  • Rocky-Fjord1

    My heart bleeds for the polar bears and animal species that suffer for
    human excess. A memorial, I understand, but it’s for the humans who
    grieve the loss of natural life; not for the animals who are endangered.
    If humans really cared, we’d stop the incessant population growth of this way overrepresented species. Humans are the opposite of endangered,
    the masses are a plague unto themselves and other species on the face of this earth.

    The Wall has this iconic position in America. Oh America, America, how
    long would a wall be with the names of three million Vietnamese and
    two million Cambodians? When they unearth the mass graves in the
    future, then will America examine its conscience, no less than the German
    people had to do in decades of recent past?

  • Jim Finnerty

    I am so impressed by and grateful for Maya Lin.  As an artist she is inventing a new vocabulary to express her remarkable insights. Even within my own lifetime I have witnessed a significant loss of bird songs, a startling loss of crickets and frogs, a significant loss of wooded landscape, not to mention the loss of view of the starry sky, and silently I have wondered if it is significant on a large scale as it seems to me in my personal experience.  We hear about the highly visible species and habitat losses, which are serious and very significant, but the sights and sounds that we may take for granted are disappearing also.  Thank you, Maya, for bringing attention to this problem.  If you plan on visiting Massachusetts as a speaker, please let us know!

  • anti-war

    I preface this by saying that I do not disparage Ms. Lin nor her work.  I just wanted to chime in with a counterpoint to her specific comment on Monday’s (8/29/11) broadcast – the image of Vietnam veterans being “spat upon”.  I would recommend Jerry Lembcke’s “The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and the Legacy of Vietnam.”  In it, Lembcke shows that it was not the widespread phenomenon which people today have come to believe it was, and is usually invoked to paint the anti-war movement as unpatriotic.

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As we prepare for a week of rebroadcasts, we reflect on Facebook posts, misplaced comments and the magic of @ mentions. Internet, ASSEMBLE!

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Two Former Senators, One Fix For US Democracy?
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

Former US Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe joined us today with a few fixes for American political inaction.

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Future Radio Interns Of America: On Point Wants YOU!
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

On Point needs interns for the fall. Could YOU be one of them?

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