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Capturing History: Ric Burns and James Sanders on “New York: A Documentary Film”

In today’s episode, Tom discusses the vast span of New York history with filmmakers and authors Ric Burns and James Sanders, creators of New York: A Documentary Film.

Tom, Ric and James discuss the 8-part documentary (which aired on PBS in installments in 1999, 2001 and 2003) and its newly updated companion book, “New York: An Illustrated History” (Knopf, 2021).

What were the guiding themes of telling New York’s story, the greatest events and characters, and the challenges Burns and Sanders faced as they covered 9/11 and, for the final installments, COVID and other current events?

LISTEN HERE: An Interview with Ric Burns and James Sanders


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1 reply on “Capturing History: Ric Burns and James Sanders on “New York: A Documentary Film””

Watching PBS Documentary this week. I remembered that I had watched most of it before, however truly enjoying and learning again. btw, since I started reading and listening to The Bowery Boys, I seem to understand it better.

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