SI Media Podcast: Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson documentary

Tuesday April 5th, 2016

Welcome to episode No. 50 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work and interesting people about the sports media.

This week’s podcast features Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, who has produced several well-known documentaries, including The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War, The Central Park Five and more. He and co-directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon bring us Jackie Robinson, a two-part, four-hour film airing on PBS April 11-12, which delves into Robinson's life before and during his career with the Dodgers.

On this episode, Burns talks about the intricacies of making a documentary—from deciding what to keep and what to cut, agreeing and disagreeing with coworkers and more, what it’s like working with family members (his daughter Sarah Burns is one of the co-directors of Jackie Robinson), what it was like talking to the Obamas for the documentary and much, much more. 

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