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Ken Burns on Confederate Flag

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

It's resistance to civil rights, not heritage.

Alzheimer’s Activist to Congress: Show Me the Money

I am suffering from a bad case of disease envy.Cancer is suddenly everywhere – a segment on 60 Minutes, stories in major publications, even a three-part Ken Burns documentary. Top researchers throw around words like “breakthrough,” “revolutionary,” “remission,” and “cure.” I'm envious because the disease I advocate for isn’t cancer: It’s Alzheimer’s. Show More Summary

How Climate Change Is Destroying Historical Sites Around the World

Cliff palaces in Mesa Verde National Park. Image by Ken Lund via Flickr In the hot middle of August 1996, lightning struck a dense piñon-juniper range in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Then flames licked up, burning northward through Soda Canyon, Little Soda Canyon, and Park Mesa’s research area. Show More Summary

PBS Star Ken Burns Rants About Racist America, Where Cops Guns Down Blacks 'Almost Weekly'

“Today, there’s nothing new under the sun,” intoned Ken Burns as he lamented the persistence of racial inequality in the United States in a commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. So reported USA Today College. Burns went on a post-Ferguson rant about racism. Show More Summary

“We broke it, but you’ve got to fix it.”

Worthy of a read of (or if you want a listen to) a recent Commencement speech given by Ken Burns at Washington University calling on recent graduates to help fix what previous generations have left broken and incomplete. I have posted both the verbal and the written version for you to select. A comment extracted […]

Filmmaker Ken Burns' Commencement Address: 'Black Lives Matter'

I'm a huge Ken Burns fan. His ability to bring history to life via his films is unique and inspiring, as was his commencement address to graduates at Missouri's Washington University. “We are still playing out, sadly, an utterly American...Show More Summary

'American Ballet Theatre: A History': Misty Copeland was 'ravished' by dance

Within the world of dance, American Ballet Theatre holds a special place.The celebrated, New York-based company is marking its 75th anniversary, but Emmy-winning documentary maker Ric Burns (who collaborated with his brother Ken on "The Civil War") started working on his tribute to it in 2006. Show More Summary

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The version of "Jacob's Ladder" from Ken Burns's documentary, The Civil War.

The Plain Jane of All Remedies

The Emperor of All Maladies, a PBS documentary by Ken Burns based on the Pulitzer prize-winning book of the same name, is promoted as a "biography" of cancer. However, it is more accurately described as a history of cancer treatment....Show More Summary

Finally, Someone Wrote A Hardcore Rap Song About Documentarian Ken Burns

"Bringin’ history to life while we zoomin’ in on pictures/ Btch check the zeitgeist, generation fixture!" With lyrics like that, who could argue that American director and documentarian Ken Burns shouldn't have a rap song about him?Show More Summary

The Forest Service Is an Agency Still In Search of a Mission

Perhaps Ken Burns had the right idea when he named his public television series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Even though I worked for the Forest Service for 34 years, I’m inclined to agree

Save Lives: Restore Cancer Research Funding Now

The week before last, millions of Americans were captivated by a six-hour documentary on PBS that gave us an intimate look at cancer. "Ken Burns Presents CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES, a Film by Barak Goodman" poignantly documents...Show More Summary

Hillary So Old

@AceofSpadesHQ pic.twitter.com/bMXeoWpzB8— Arthur Kimes (@ComradeArthur) April 13, 2015 Hillary so old, her prom theme was "Enchantment Under the Pharaohs." Hillary so old, Ken Burns keeps following her around with a group of fiddlers. Hillary so old, her main concern in...

Remiss About Remission

Last week millions of television viewers watched the Ken Burns production of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. It is a magnificent documentary film that is based largely upon Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize winning book. InShow More Summary

PBS to air remastered version of Ken Burns' 'The Civil War'

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. To mark the occasion, PBS is airing a remastered edition of Ken Burns' landmark documentary series "The Civil War....

Top 10 Quotes From The Final Episode of Ken Burns Documentary: 'Emperor Of All Maladies'

The third and final episode in the Ken Burns documentary aired last night and is now available through PBS online. The six-hour documentary is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee. As to be expected with any Ken Burns production, the sweep [...]

Teddy Roosevelt Would Never Get Elected in 2014

After binge-watching Ken Burns’ latest 14-hour documentary on the Roosevelts, I moved through the world at its deliberate pace. I was scheduled to meet Burns for breakfast and panned across the restaurant looking for him the way his camera helps you find a young FDR in a Harvard group photo. Show More Summary

Ancient cancer

As I sat on my couch last night, laptop sitting in front of me, I awaited the Ken Burns adaptation of Siddartha Mukherjee’s excellent book The Emperor of All Maladies into a three part television documentary to air on PBS. I’m not sure whether I’ll blog the show or not, but if I do I’ll…

Ken Burns and Siddartha Mukherjee on adapting ‘Cancer’ from page to screen

At a time when documentaries are getting more attention from mainstream moviegoers, Ken Burns, the documentarian behind epics including “The Civil War," “Baseball” and two dozen other films, says the best advice he can offer aspiring...Show More Summary

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