I Am a Talking Head on the New Ken Burns Cancer Documentary: Not

March 26, 2015 2:22 PM

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I Am a Talking Head on the New Ken Burns Cancer Documentary: Not

I received the e-mail in May 2012. Would I be willing to be interviewed for an upcoming Ken Burns’ Public Broadcasting System (PBS) documentary based on the book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”?

Like all other historians, I have always dreamed of being a talking head on a Ken Burns’ documentary. Although popular history, these films manage to convey the past in a way that is accurate, thoughtful and accessible. Plus, this documentary was right in my wheelhouse. When writing “Emperor,” which...

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