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As Americans adjust to stay-at-home orders that may extend well into the summer, Ken Burns has again teamed up with PBS to rebroadcast his historical documentaries and hopefully provide a welcome diversion each Thursday night on PBS. Starting with 2014's THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY, a new episode of one of Burns's films will be aired each week as part of "American History Night with Ken Burns." THE ROOSEVELTS will be followed by THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA and THE WAR, Burns and Lynn Novick’s acclaimed look at the experience of four American towns during World War II. These films will join Burns's film BASEBALL, which is already available for streaming.

PBS Learning Media, PBS’s free service that provides thousands of contextualized learning materials aligned to state and national standards, will offer educators nationwide resources timed to the re-release of these films in the “Ken Burns Classroom" hub. Burns will also participate in teacher forums and online discussions with students.


Up first on "American History Night with Ken Burns": THE ROOSEVELTS: AN INTIMATE HISTORY. The film chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics.

Theodore Roosevelt and Family, 1903
Theodore Roosevelt & family, 1903.
Courtesy of Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Eleanor Roosevelt Speaks at Women's Day
Eleanor Roosevelt speaking on Women's Day at the Chicago World's Fair 1933.
Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
FDR in New York, 1937
Franklin D. Roosevelt at home in Hyde Park, New York, 1937.
Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library