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This Week In Conversation: Filmmaker Ken Burns On New Ali Doc

Muhammad Ali
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Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali, Louisville’s favorite son, left a big footprint on the world.

It’s about to become bigger with the new eight-part documentary produced by filmmaker Ken Burns that premieres this weekend on PBS. Burns brings his storytelling eye to the life and legacy of Ali, as he has done with a wide variety of subjects over the years, including wars, sports, and music. This week in Louisville there will be a series of events celebrating the series, which runs September 19-22.

On this week’s “In Conversation” we had an all-Ali hour hosted by Rick Howlett. We talked to Burns about the making of this film, and his acclaimed career documenting some of the most important cultural topics and people in history. WHAS-11 reporter and anchor Doug Proffitt told  us about the archival footage his station discovered and provided for the Ali documentary. And Laura Douglas, who leads the Ali Center, shared her thoughts about how Ali’s legacy still endures and influences future generations.

This week is Louisville Public Media’s pledge drive. It’s the week where we thank you for your generous support all year long, and invite you to support our work so we can keep doing what we do, especially those who appreciate our weekly talk show “In Conversation.”

Brad Yost, Laura Ellis, Rick Howlett, Michelle Tyrene Johnson - WFPL’s “In Conversation” team

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Michelle Tyrene Johnson is the Associate Producer for WFPL's "In Conversation" talk show and hosts the podcast "Race Unwrapped." Email Michelle at mjohnson@lpm.org.

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