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The Nature of War

Grade Level Grades 9-12


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In 2005, Specialist Justin Cliburn deployed to Iraq with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. While serving in Baghdad, Justin formed an unlikely friendship with two Iraqi boys who lived nearby. At StoryCorps, Justin speaks with his wife, Deanne, about the lasting impression the boys left on his life.

Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
Art Direction: Bill Wray
Producers: Lizzie Jacobs, Maya Millett & Mike Rauch
Animation: Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by: Yasmina Guerda & Nadia Reiman
Supervising Sound Recordist: Daniel Littlewood
Music (Open): Fredrik
Label: The Kora Records
Publisher: House of Hassle
Music (Close): Eluvium
Label: Temporary Residence Ltd.
Publisher: House of Hassle

Funding provided by:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

In partnership with POV.

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3 Reviews
great I will never look at war the same again
David Pate
November 09, 2017
Thank you for your comment Kobrien-yetto, have you taken a look at The Great Thanksgiving Listen Toolkit? The Toolkit (also available on SML) guides educators to use these animations as a starting point to teach students how to prepare, record, and archive an interview using the StoryCorps app. It also includes classroom activities, teacher tips and a student worksheet. I hope this is helpful!
October 27, 2016
While the video itself is good and there is value to using it in the classroom, there is no lesson attached.
October 26, 2016