This month marks 40 years since the US withdrawal of all American troops in Vietnam. Many news outlets around the country are looking back at the end of the Vietnam War through the stories from different perspectives.
But not much attention has been given to the lasting impact of the war on neighboring Laos.
Author Karen Coates and photographer Jerry Redfern sat down with our correspondent Gwyneth Doland to talk about the images featured in the book and the stories they heard from people in the villages of Laos.
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NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick continues her conversation with Lisa VeneKlasen, who was recently recognized by the mayor of Santa Fe for her work on human rights. VeneKlasen runs Just Associates (JASS), a global network of activists, educators and scholars who promote women’s rights, health and economic empowerment. She asks VeneKlasen about the areas that need more activism on women’s rights and if she is optimistic. VeneKlasen also talks about more men joining these efforts.