Ken Burns Talks About His Documentary On The Roosevelts

Aug 18, 2014

Credit WAMC, Allison Dunne

Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns has tackled topics as diverse as baseball, the Civil War and prohibition. This time, the film is The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. It’s a seven-part, 14-hour documentary directed and produced by Burns and written by longtime Burns collaborator Geoffrey Ward. The film interlaces the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent families in American politics. It airs on PBS in September. Burns was at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York earlier in the summer, where WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief caught up with him. She asked Burns what is different about his approach to the Roosevelts and the resulting film.

The first episode of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airs on PBS September 14, running seven consecutive nights. Burns is director and producer.