Ken Burns and Lynn Novick bring The Vietnam War's horrors to those born too late to witness it

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For those of us born after 1975, the Vietnam War is not far enough in the past to feel detachedly academic, not recent enough to form a clear opinion on. What we know of the war is through its images and soundtrack: 16mm film footage of low-flying helicopters grazing the tops of rice paddy fields; the guitar line of…

Blessed are The Handmaid’s Tale, Atlanta, Big Little Lies, and other Television Critics Association Award winners

The Handmaid’s Tale took home the top prize at tonight’s Television Critics Association Awards, the professional organization’s annual celebration of TV excellence. In addition to winning the trophy for Outstanding Achievement in Drama, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel was named Program of the…

Watch Ken Burns say “jazz” so many times that the word loses all meaning

For Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, jazz is merely “a series of mistakes without the ‘oops.’” For prolific PBS documentarian Ken Burns, however, jazz is a vital and truly American art form worthy of serious study and contemplation. Burns conceived his earnest, well-meaning 2001 series Jazz as the culmination of a trilogy…