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Filmmaker Ken Burns on The Roosevelts
Ken Burns talked about his 14-hour, seven part PBS documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The film chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. Geoff Ward, author of the companion book, also joined the discussion. Among other topics they discussed the reasons for their interest in the family, how the policies of Theodore Roosevelt connect to Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal” domestic programs, and how the presidencies of both Roosevelts are germane to contemporary debate on the role of government.490 views
Ken Burns on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Ken Burns spoke at a National Press Club luncheon about his documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, in which he chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. In his speech he listed many of the ways their legacies continue to reach into contemporary American life. He said that the central questions of both Roosevelt presidencies, namely the role of government, “is the central question of our time.” Following his prepared remarks, he responded to audience members' written questions.521 views