Whose Freedom Are We Fighting For? - Featuring Spike Lee

To learn more about the African American experience in time of war, we spoke with Academy Award winning director Spike Lee - who bridges the civilian-military divide through his storytelling with film. In this episode, we'll discuss patriotism and putting one’s life on the line for a country that at the time was acutely struggling with its own failures in equality right at home.

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Whose Freedom Are We Fighting For? - Featuring Spike Lee

To learn more about the African American experience in time of war, we spoke with Academy Award winning director Spike Lee - who bridges the civilian-military divide through his storytelling with film. In 2008, Spike released the historical fiction film Miracle at St. Anna which tells the story of the Black infantry, or Buffalo Soldiers, and how they helped liberate Italy from Mussolini and the Nazis in WWII. His new film, Da 5 Bloods is slated to release Fall 2020, and is about four African American soldiers who return to Vietnam in search of their fallen squad leader. In this episode, we'll discuss patriotism and putting one’s life on the line for a country that at the time was acutely struggling with its own failures in equality right at home.

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Dr. Ron Hirschberg is a physician who specializes in neurological and trauma functional recovery, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the PM&R Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. In college, Ron studied cultural anthropology and is a lifelong musician, having produced three albums, including the 2016 Acadia National Park documentary, Second Century Stewardship. In 2016, he founded the division of Arts and Neuroscience at American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, cultivating music-medicine collaborations with artists and scientists. As a PM&R physician, Dr. Hirschberg has been a consultant at Home Base’s Intensive Clinical Program (ICP). His research at Home Base includes collaborative songwriting intervention (CSI) along with Dr. Louisa Sylvia, Director of Health and Wellness.

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Ron Hirschberg, MD

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Cassandra Falone
Charlotte Luckey

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Peter Smyth

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Jack Hammond
Michael Allard
Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) William Davidson
Warrant Officer 1 Armand Hunter
Stefanie Ryan
Photography with Joe Wallace and the MGH Photo Lab
Music by Darden Smith of Songwriting With: Soldiers
Engineering and consulting with Chuck Clough of Above The Basement
Home Base Nation is a production of the Home Base Media Lab in Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.

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