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Filmmaker Ken Burns to Visit WFMT

Ken Burns's latest film is "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

Ken Burns's latest film is "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

Ken Burns's latest film is "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History"

Ken Burns’s latest film is “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns comes to WFMT September 9, 2014 for a live conversation with Kerry Frumkin at 3:00 pm CT. Mr. Burns will be on-hand to talk about his latest release, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which premiers on WTTW on Sunday.

“The Roosevelts have played significant roles in other stories we’ve told before, from the National Parks to World War II,” said Burns. “It’s impossible, in fact, to visit many parts of the American experience without encountering their presence. But beyond simply sharing a bloodline or political success, they each shared a passionate belief that America is at its strongest when everyone has an equal chance. And on a personal level, they each struggled to overcome their own fears while maintaining a public face of courage.”


Teddy Roosevelt at a campaign stop in Milwaukee, moments before being shot

Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was shot in the chest by a Colt .38 while on the campaign trail. Displaying the bloodstained shirt, he proceeded to the Milwaukee Auditorium where he delivered a 90-minute speech.
The new 14-hour documentary film chronicles a century, from the birth of Theodore Roosevelt in 1858 to the death of Eleanor Roosevelt in 1962.

In that time, the Roosevelts played lead roles in America’s story, overseeing the completion of the Panama Canal, the New Deal, the defeat of fascism, and beyond. In his new documentary, Ken Burns captures the interwoven lives of the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt; his fifth cousin and 32nd President Franklin Roosevelt, and Franklin’s first lady (and Theodore’s niece), Eleanor. In vivid detail, the series chronicles their struggles, their triumphs, and the sometimes agonizing decisions that changed the course of history.


Franklin Delano Roosevelt seated beside Winston Churchill

Ken Burns has covered a range of topics in his documentary films, most notably The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), Jazz (2001), The War (2007), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), and Prohibition (2011). His documentaries have been among the most-viewed programs in public television.

Don’t miss Ken Burns, one-on-one with WFMT’s Kerry Frumkin, on Tuesday, September 9 in the 3:00 pm hour.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History premieres on WTTW on Sunday at 7:00 pm. The two-hour episodes will air nightly, September 14-20. Each episode will be re-broadcast nightly at 9:00 pm.


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