Ken Burns says new film, 'The Roosevelts,' is 'an intimate history, not a tabloid history'

September 12, 2014 2:30 AM

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Though it was 32 years ago that his first film, "Brooklyn Bridge," aired on PBS, Ken Burns still comes across as a unique blend of scholarly erudition and boyish enthusiasm when discussing his latest project.

"It's a good yarn, isn't it?" Burns says in a recent phone interview, as he talks about "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," the 14-hour, seven-night documentary -- premiering Sept. 14 on PBS -- about Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "They are extraordinary people."

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