Ken Burns: ‘America’s Storyteller’ on His Creative Process

Episode 73

Ken Burns: ‘America’s Storyteller’ on His Creative Process

Stat: 22.73: Ken Burns’ documentary Civil War was created from 22.73 miles of film.

Story: Ken Burns is known for his expansive documentaries on American history and culture. With 33 documentary films to his name, what is the secret to his creative process? We travel to the New Hampshire barn where he works for a conversation about how he tells old stories in a new way and what inspires him to create.

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