Muhammad Ali and Our Times (with Ken Burns)


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Preet answers listener questions about the damages provision in the new restrictive Texas abortion law, the point of ethical reprimands against members of Congress, and the best Indian restaurant in New Jersey.

Then, Preet interviews celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns about his new 8-hour documentary, Muhammad Ali. Burns has been changing how we think about America for over four decades, offering magisterial works on subjects ranging from the Civil War, to baseball, to jazz. Preet talks to Burns about the legendary Ali and what his tragic and triumphant life can teach us about our current moment. Muhammad Ali premieres on PBS this Sunday, September 19th at 8PM ET.

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Don’t miss the Insider Bonus, where Burns discusses how he selects his film subjects.

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