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Special Presentation: Shell Shock 1919


This Veterans Day weekend, NHPR will broadcast “Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture.” The program, from WNYC Studios, will explore the long-term cultural impact of the First World War and how it shaped modern art and life.

Historians and generations past and present have many names for the First World War: The Great War, The War to End All Wars, The Seminal Catastrophe. Commonly referenced in the U.S. as World War 1, this global conflict lasting from 1914-1918 is remembered as one of the largest and deadliest wars in history. Industrial developments like artillery and the use of chemical warfare brought a new level of violence and destruction to the battlefield, with far-reaching ramifications.

WNYC’s Sara Fishko and guests will look at how the Great War shaped cultural responses, from an obsession with body image, to the birth of Jazz, the Harlem Renaissance and Surrealism. Guests will include:

  • Jon Batiste, musician
  • Emily Bernard, author 
  • Ann Temkin, art curator
  • Sabine Rewald, author and art curator
  • David Levering Lewis, historian

Tune in to NHPR Saturday, November 9 at ten p.m. (during the Best of Public Radio), and again Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

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