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New Ken Burns Film on Country Music Scheduled for 2018

Published on January 20, 2014 By Joe Pagetta

Ken Burns and his longtime producing partner and writer Dayton Duncan have been spending a lot of time in Nashville lately. Burns even presented at the 2013 Americana Honors and Awards show. Now it’s official as to why. News today from the Television Critics Association Winter Tour in Pasadena that Burns will deliver to PBS […]

Tweets (Some Annotated) from the PBS Annual Meeting:

Published on May 23, 2011 By Joe Pagetta

Several of us here at NPT recently spent four days at the PBS Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, where we caught previews of the upcoming season, discussed public broadcasting business and took part in professional development sessions with representatives from PBS, public broadcasting organizations and representatives for public television stations around the nation. A wrap-up […]

The National Parks: New Ken Burns Doc Premieres Sunday September 27

Published on September 25, 2009 By Joe Pagetta

[youtube="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUn4IuOHrRU"] The new Ken Burns documentary series, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA, premieres this Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. on NPT and PBS stations nationwide and runs through Friday, October 2, 2009. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series, directed by Burns and co-produced with his longtime colleague, Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the […]

Rafts Set Sail on Citywide Mark Twain Celebration

Published on September 1, 2009 By Joe Pagetta

It was a beautiful final day of August yesterday as the rafts set sail in the fountains at the Public Square at Metro Courthouse to kickoff Nashville’s Citywide Celebration of Mark Twain. Following words by Twain himself — expertly and humorously conjured by Nashville actor Brian Russell — and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, handmade rafts […]

Nashville Hosts A Citywide Celebration of Mark Twain

Published on August 20, 2009 By Joe Pagetta

Last year, when the Mayor’s Office and the Nashville Public Library encouraged a citywide read of the works of John Irving, I threw myself in to it. I decided to devour A Prayer for Owen Meany over several weeks, and took myself very seriously. Everywhere I went, I carried my beat-up paperback copy of the […]

The Emotional Archaeology of Ken Burns

Published on October 2, 2008 By Joe Pagetta

Celebrated documentarian Ken Burns appeared at Jack C. Massey Hall at Belmont University on Monday night, but he didn’t come alone. He brought with him Abraham Lincoln (his bet for the nation’s greatest president), Mark Twain (“he never wrote a bad word”), Walt Whitman and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Joining him on the stage were the […]

Your Beautiful Tennessee State and National Parks

Published on September 22, 2008 By Joe Pagetta

NPT is preparing the latest installment of its popular Beautiful Tennessee series, and this time, we’re focusing on Tennessee’s State and National Parks. We want your home movies. Got video from that family hike in the Smoky Mountains? Ever bike the entire Tennessee stretch of the Natchez Trace?* Inspired by Ken Burns’ approach to “The […]

Ken Burns at the DNC and on Your Summer Vacation

Published on August 26, 2008 By Joe Pagetta

Last night’s video tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention was directed by Ken Burns and Mark Herzog. Meanwhile, as we told you here last month, Burns has been working on “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” a new 12-hour documentary that traces the origins and growth of the national parks […]

Ken Burns Will Take Us to National Parks

Published on July 17, 2008 By Joe Pagetta

Gas prices putting a damper on your summer vacation road trip? Even a trip to our own Great Smoky Mountains getting expensive? That word “staycation” getting annoying? If things don’t get better by next year, filmmaker Ken Burns will at least try to get us to those places in America we’ve always wanted to visit […]


Published on January 24, 2008 By Joe Pagetta

More than 15 major television critics and bloggers cited “The War” as one of the 10 best television programs in 2007. Here are links to three: Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle, Matt Roush, TV Guide Tom Shales, The Washington Post