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Roosevelt House: Saving the Past to Inspire the Future

Jennifer J. Raab | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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.

Are Hurricanes Our Next Dust Bowl?

Thomas Fisher | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Fisher

We ended the Dust Bowl by returning much of the landscape back to its native state and changing how we treated the land we continue to occupy. And we will end disasters like Hurricane Sandy the same way.

The Other Dark Side of GMO Corn

Mohammed Salarbux | Posted 11.30.2012 | Green
Mohammed Salarbux

The convergence of nine out of the 10 consecutive warmest years, along with poor soil conservation practices, could lead to the depletion of our underground water reservoir, which could in turn result in another Dust Bowl.

Ken Burns on Race and The Central Park Five: "A Kind of Collective Tragedy"

92nd Street Y | Posted 01.30.2013 | Entertainment
92nd Street Y

The Central Park Five: Preview Screening and Discussion took place at 92Y on November 20, 2012. In this clip, the panel featuring two of the case's wr...

"Maybe the Press Failed Then": An Interview With Ken Burns and Raymond Santana

Rick Ayers | Posted 01.29.2013 | Crime
Rick Ayers

The actual assailant, who confessed years later and whose DNA confirmed his story, was never in the sights of the police and prosecutors. Sadly, people remember the hysteria of the conviction campaign and often don't even realize that the lynch-mob mentality got the wrong guys.

The Central Park Five Deserve Economic Justice

Tom Allon | Posted 01.29.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

When you rob five young men of their youth, innocence and educational opportunity and put them and their families through hell for more than a decade, you owe them more than an apology -- you owe them restitution.