Ken Burns

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Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana ...

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Ken Burns, Word Nerd

Friday, April 18, 2014

A few weeks ago, we asked you to create new collective nouns for modern types of people — conceptual artists, Trekkies, yoga instructors, and more. The submissions are rolling in from listeners across the country, including one Ken Burns from New Hampshire. Yes, that Ken Burns ...

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Ken Burns on the 'Central Park Five'

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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.

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City Sues for Access to Film Footage in Central Park Jogger Case

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Lawyers for New York City are seeking access to footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for his movie about the five men exonerated in the Central Park Jogger rape case.

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How Our National Parks Define Us

Thursday, August 02, 2012

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.

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Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 'Prohibition'

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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 Of course, Prohibition was eventually repealed, but not before it had far-reaching consequences on American gender relations, crime, popular culture, and politics.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.