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HANOVER, N.H. — Filmmaker Ken Burns views the Vietnam War as a virus that infected Americans with an array of chronic illnesses — alienation, a lack of civil discourse, mistrust of government and each other. And he hopes his new documentary can be part of a cure. "What if the film was just an attempt at some sort of vaccination, a little bit more of the disease to get you immune to the disunion that it has sponsored?" Burns said in a recent interview. "It's important for us to begin to have creative but courageous conversations about what took place." Burns had just finished work on his World War II documentary a decade ago when he turned to co-director Lynn Novak and said, "We have to do Vietnam." The result is a 10-part, 18-hour series that will air beginning Sept. 17 on PBS. "For me, it was the sense that Vietnam was the most important event for Americans in the second ...

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