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The clandestine antiwar newspapers of the GI underground movement

Paula Wissel
A copy of Fed Up, published in Tacoma in 1970.

This story originally aired Feb. 25, 2017.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, all sorts of underground newspapers had emerged from the counterculture and antiwar movements. Most of them weren’t actually all that underground, since there wasn’t much risk involved in publishing or distributing them.

But if you were in the military and you wanted to publish stories that strayed from the company line, you could get in serious trouble. That led in part to something called the GI underground movement.

One of the newspapers, called Fed Up, was published in Tacoma near Fort Lewis from 1969-73.

KNKX's PaulaWissel tracked down some copies of the paper and some of the people who were involved.

This story originally aired on Jan. 30, 2016

Paula is a former host, reporter and producer who retired from KNKX in 2021. She joined the station in 1989 as All Things Considered host and covered the Law and Justice beat for 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.