Lasting Lessons From The Vietnam War, And Bridging Communication Gaps With Board Games

Oct 12, 2017

More than 40 years after the Vietnam War ended, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is still helping Kansas City readers understand the nature of conflict. Today, we speak with O'Brien, a veteran of the conflict who served as an advisor for the PBS series The Vietnam War. Then, if you think the only board games out there are Risk or Candyland, think again! We learn how modern Euro-style board games can help people communicate better, while having a bit of fun in the bargain.

Tim O'Brien will discuss 'The Things They Carried' as part of Big Read KC at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. The event is sold out, but livestreaming options can be found at

Denise Dias will host Bonding with Board Games at the K-State Research and Extension office in Olathe at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 3. For more information, visit