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Filmmaker Ken Burns interview about Prohibition and The Civil War on the TV Time Machine radio show
Ken Burns, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, discusses The Civil War and his latest PBS documentary Prohibition airing October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th on PBS, with TV historian and host Jim Benson on the radio show TV Time Machine
Ken Burns gives one of his most comprehensive interviews on “TV Time Machine”, discussing his early influences and days as an aspiring filmmaker, and his thirty years of creating documentaries that explore both the American and human experience: “Brooklyn Bridge”, “The Civil War”,” Baseball”, “The War”,”Jazz”
Ken Burns’ “Prohibition”
“If I had told you that this was a film about single issue political campaigns that metastasized with horrible unintended consequences, that this is a film about the demonization of recent immigrants to the United States, that this is a film about smear campaigns during Presidential elections, that it’s the story of a group of people who feel like they’ve lost control of their country and want to take it back…you would tell me ‘Ken, you have just abandoned history for contemporary politics.’ And I would say, ‘Nope—it’
Ken Burns is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker whose memorable PBS documentaries (many of which he has co-produced producer Lynn Novick) have entertained, educated and enlightened millions of television viewers over the past thirty years. Mr. Burns documentaries for the screen have included Brooklyn Bridge (nominated for an Academy Award), and The Statue of Liberty. His many PBS documentaries include The Shakers, Huey Long, The Congress, Thomas Jefferson, The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, Mark Twain and The National Parks.
TV Time Machine, heard online http://www.tvtimemachine.com and every Saturday at 3PM PT on 1170 KCBQ-AM in Southern California, is an entertaining and fascinating radio show that explores television’s past, present and future. Host Jim Benson has interviewed many of the entertainment industry’s biggest names including Mel Brooks, “Mad Men” creator/producer Matthew Weiner, and acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro. Legendary actor Peter Falk (“Columbo”)
Jim Benson, host of “TV Time Machine”, has interviewed a multitude of legendary TV celebrities, authors and experts of all stripes on his radio program, covering shows ranging from “Mr. Ed” to “Meet the Press” and topics such as “Technology on TV” and “TV's Turning Points”. A TV historian for over twenty-five years, Mr. Benson has contributed to dozens of TV productions--