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'The War on Christmas' -- A Film by Ken Burns

Perry Block | Posted 11.11.2014 | Comedy
Perry Block

It is a brutal war. One that pits brother against brother, elf against gnome, reindeer against reindeer, and worst of all, Santa Claus vs. the Martians.

You've Never Seen Teddy Roosevelt Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender, Damon Scheleur & Chris McGonigal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

Ken Burns' recent PBS docu-series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" put renewed focus on the lives of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Fra...

'The Roosevelts:' Ken Burns Closets Eleanor, Disappears FDR's Gay Sex-Entrapment Scandal in the Navy

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I enjoyed watching Ken Burns' The Roosevelts: An Intimate History last week, keeping in mind that these PBS documentary series are usually a heavy bit of American myth-making. Still, there are a few things just too glaring to hide or treat with discretion in 2014, though Burns arrogantly thinks he can.

Windows on a World No More: Why Letters Still Have Much to Teach Us

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.22.2014 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

These books remind us how important letters once were, and still are, as windows on a world no more, and the many things letters can tell us about people we wish to know more of.

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

By exploring the lives and times of the Roosevelts, ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans.

Roosevelt House: Saving the Past to Inspire the Future

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Jennifer J. Raab

One of the locales Ken Burns used for shooting his outstanding PBS documentary "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" is a landmark townhouse on East 65th Street in the heart of Manhattan.

Truth Is Stronger Than Fiction: The Case for Documentaries

Stephen Ujlaki | Posted 11.15.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen Ujlaki

I have found over time that I actually prefer documentaries to fiction films. Why? From docs, I learn and am exposed to things that I did not know before: how somebody chose to live his or her life; historical events of which I was ignorant; issues that are happening today.

Even First Ladies Have to Deal With Red Tape

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

With the Ken Burns docu-series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History airing shortly on PBS, this seems a good time to share a snippet of their family history. Specifically, the pages that follow are excerpts from Edith Kermit Roosevelt's file regarding a widow's pension for the service of her husband, Theodore Roosevelt.

30 Stars and Doctors Sign the 'Petition for Briggs for Cancer Immunotherapy for All'

Paul Sanderson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Sanderson

It's time for governments, cancer organizations, and the cancer industry to devote their resources primarily to immunotherapy and give it urgent priority.

FDR Walks In Rare Footage Showing 'Brave Struggle'

AP | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rare film footage featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt walking to his seat at a baseball game helps dispel the myth that...

So You Want to Get Into the Film Industry? Great Ways to Get Started

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 07.01.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Every year, it never fails that I have one, two or three students dying to major in film and television studies. Right away, I tell them that it is one of the most competitive college majors to get into in the U.S.

BOTH SIDES NOW: FDR and Machiavelli on Obamacare's Stumbles

HuffPost Radio | Posted 11.18.2013 | Media
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpg Matalin, Reagan and Green debate Obamacare's failed rollout and the GOP's flawless inaction. The panel also discusses how CBS turned Benghazi from a tragedy into a hoax, as well as "Harvard on the Potomac."

Ken Burns' Republican Civil War

Jeff Kreisler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jeff Kreisler

2013-11-14-kenburnsgop.jpgComing soon from the acclaimed filmmaker: The story of a conflict that would have seared men's souls... if anybody involved had them.

Romney 'Taking On Big Bird' Slammed As 'A Really Bad Mistake'

Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

Ken Burns still doesn't understand former GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's attacks on PBS during the 2012 election. During a visit to HuffPo...

Ken Burns: Bill De Blasio Has Agreed To Settle Central Park Five Case

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York

During a visit to HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss his new initiative "Learn the Address," documentary filmmaker Ken Burns gave an update on the ten-y...

This Is What The Miley Documentary Should Look Like

Posted 10.03.2013 | Comedy

Before you watch the new documentary about Miley Cyrus, take a moment to see the funnier (and much shorter) Ken Burns version. Watch the clip from ...

Media for a Just Society Awards

Alexander Busansky | Posted 11.23.2013 | Media
Alexander Busansky

We are honoring Shane Bauer and others because their work takes these issues beyond the sensational stories on which the public and our policy makers too often fixate. When fear drives policy, the resulting initiatives do not support public safety or rehabilitation.

WATCH: Why You Should Never Talk Politics On Facebook

Posted 06.10.2013 | Comedy

Fact: Talking politics on Facebook is never a good idea. In this new Funny Or Die parody, the tragedy of Facebook political diatribes gets the Ken Bur...

Central Park Five Is a PBS & WETA "Must Watch" Doc

Mike Smith | Posted 06.21.2013 | Media
Mike Smith

Ken Burns is a story-teller. His new documentary PBS film which debuted this week, The Central Park Five, is really a retrospective on the case of Trisha Meili, brutally raped near the Reservoir in the 875-acre Central Park, on April 20, 1989.

Certitude and the Central Park Five

Mik Moore | Posted 06.18.2013 | New York
Mik Moore

I grew up in New York City. In 1989 I was halfway through high school. The Central Park Five were my contemporaries. There were skeptics who believed in their innocence. At the time, they were pilloried. And yet, they were right. And we were wrong.

An Interview With Ken Burns and Three of The Central Park Five; Documentary Airs on PBS

Brian Formo | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Brian Formo

The film concerns five black teenagers who, not knowing their rights during detainment, were coerced into confessing to a brutal rape that left a woman in a coma in Central Park.

NYC Urged To Settle Central Park Jogger Case

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 06.07.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — New York is a safer, less fearful place than it was in 1990, when murders hit an all-time high, race relations were raw and the city ...

NYC's Ongoing Denial of the 'Central Park Five' Is a Disservice to Black, Latino Men

Deron Dalton | Posted 05.18.2013 | Black Voices
Deron Dalton

As New York City continues to deny the Central Park Five compensation for six to 13 years each served in prison, denial of any wrongdoing and the racist injustice of the criminal justice system within this case is actually a continued disservice to all black and Latino men.

Judge Blocks NYC From 'Central Park Five' Footage

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 04.22.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked New York City from getting footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his...

The Central Park Five: A Still Relevant Call for Change

Nick Malinowski | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Nick Malinowski

In many ways The Central Park Five is a history lesson and cautionary tale of the types of police and prosecutorial misconduct that is possible without effective oversight or appropriate checks and balances to power.