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Q&A: Ken Burns Looks At Prohibition In Latest Series


Filmmaker Ken Burns is turning his lens on the history of prohibition.

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Burns, known for his documentaries on the Civil War, baseball, national parks, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and more— was on OPB’s Think Out Loud Thursday morning, in front of a live audience.

His latest three-part film looks at the role of alcohol, the temperance movement and prohibition in American history.  Burns says water quality in the past was often bad, and “hard cider” was readily available.


You can listen to today’s full one-hour discussion with Ken Burns on OPB’s Think Out Loud.