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A Film About Cancer That is Also About You

The world’s most celebrated documentarian takes on the “emperor of all maladies.”

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns

During the first of three episodes of Ken Burns’ latest documentary, former Director of the National Cancer Institute Dr. Vincent DeVita, shares a memory of his aunt who had developed cancer when he was a child. “She was hidden in the attic,” he recounts with equal amounts of sadness and horror. It’s hard to believe that memories like these are as recent as they are. Just a few generations ago, most cancers were incurable and those with the disease were frequently thought of as contaminated. The very word “cancer” was uttered in hushed tones as if to isolate it from the rest of our day-to-day conversations.

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Ken Burns Talks New York Drunks, His New Prohibition Documentary

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns talks to GOOD about his best drinking story, his new documentary Prohibition, and American drinking culture.

I suspect Ken Burns is lying to me about his best drinking story, but the iconic filmmaker has a reputation to maintain.

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