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Ken Burns's America, Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's America (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2004, originally published 1991), 1 hour 53 mins
For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first 'mass medium.' In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success, and whose genius, friendship, ri...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's America (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2004, originally published 1991), 1 hour 53 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 4, The True Welcome
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
In 1929, America enters a decade of economic desperation, as the Stock Market collapses and the Great Depression begins. Factories fall silent, farms fall into decay, and a quarter of the nation's workforce is jobless. In these dark times, jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country, and finds...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 5, Swing, Pure Pleasure
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
Suddenly, jazz bandleaders are the new matinee idols, with Benny Goodman hailed as the King of Swing, while teenagers jitterbug just as hard to the music of his rivals - Tommy Dorsey, Jimmie Lunceford, Glenn Miller, and the mercurial Artie Shaw. But the spirit of Swing isn't limited to the dance floor. In New York...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 5 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 27 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 7, Dedicated to Chaos
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
When America enters World War II, jazz is part of the arsenal. In Europe, where musicians like the Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt continue to play despite a Nazi ban, jazz is a beacon of hope. In America, it becomes the embodiment of democracy, as bandleaders like Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw enlist, taking their...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 7 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 1 hour 59 mins
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Ken Burns's Jazz, 8, Risk
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 2 hours 2 mins
The postwar years bring America to a level of prosperity unimaginable a decade before, but the Cold War threat of nuclear annihilation makes these anxious years as well. In jazz, this underlying tension will be reflected in the broken rhythms and dissonant melodies of bebop, and in the troubled life of bebop's big...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's Jazz, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 2000), 2 hours 2 mins
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Ken Burns's The Civil War, 1, The Cause
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's The Civil War, 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1990), 2 hours 54 mins
Beginning with a searing indictment of slavery, this first episode of Ken Burns's The Civil War dramatically evokes the causes of the war, from the Cotton Kingdom of the South to the northern abolitionists who opposed it. Here are the burning questions of Union and States’ rights, John Brown at Harper’s Ferry,...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's The Civil War, 1 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1990), 2 hours 54 mins
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Ken Burns's The Civil War, 4, Simply Murder
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's The Civil War, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1990), 1 hour 2 mins
The nightmarish Union disaster at Fredericksburg comes to two climaxes that spring: at Chancellorsville in May, where Lee wins his most brilliant victory but loses Stonewall Jackson; and at Vicksburg, where Grant’s attempts to take the city by siege are stopped. During this episode of Ken Burns's The Civil War,...
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953-, in Ken Burns's The Civil War, 4 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1990), 1 hour 2 mins
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Ken Burns's The West, 8, Ghost Dance
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written by Ken Burns, 1953-; directed by Stephen Ives, fl. 1988-2017; produced by Stephen Ives, fl. 1988-2017, in Ken Burns's The West, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1996), 1 hour
This documentary by Stephen Ives examines the Ghost Dance movement in the American West.
written by Ken Burns, 1953-; directed by Stephen Ives, fl. 1988-2017; produced by Stephen Ives, fl. 1988-2017, in Ken Burns's The West, 8 (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1996), 1 hour
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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Part I
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directed by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953- (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1997), 1 hour 46 mins
Tells the story of the most important expedition in American history, led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Includes the stories of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark's African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea who went with them.
directed by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953- (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1997), 1 hour 46 mins
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Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Part II
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directed by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953- (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1997), 2 hours 56 mins
Tells the story of the most important expedition in American history, led by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Includes the stories of the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark's African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea who went with them.
directed by Ken Burns, 1953-; produced by Ken Burns, 1953- (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), 1997), 2 hours 56 mins
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