inspired by Ken Burns' call to action to get everyday Americans to read the Gettysburg Address, we made something of our own, with Brian Lehrer, Brooke Gladstone of On The Media, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, and other producers from WNYC.
A new film, “The Central Park Five,” tells the story of how the police, the media, and the justice system upended five lives. Ken Burns wrote, produced and directed the film, along with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and son-in-law, David McMahon.
In his latest film, "The Dust Bowl," director Ken Burns shares the stories of those who survived one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in American history and considers whether the crisis could happen again, in a region heavily dependent on the waters of the Ogallala Aquifer which have been rapidly depleted.
Everyone has their own story to share when they come back from a National Park. When collected together, these stories create a history and a culture. Documentarian Ken Burns joins us to discuss his journey to capture the spirit and tales of the National Parks.
By today’s standards, the idea of a constitutional amendment banning alcohol in the U.S. seems preposterous, oppressive, and just plain naïve. But 92 years ago, when the National Prohibition Act passed, it was widely backed. Of course, Prohibition was eventually repealed, but not before it had far-reaching consequences on American gender relations, crime, popular culture, and politics. A new three-part documentary series called "Prohibition" tells this uniquely American story on PBS, beginning October 2.