UNUM Short: The Vindman Twins on Liberty
S2022 E12 - 6m 32s
Alexander and Yevgeny Vindman return to the bench where they first met Ken Burns nearly 40 years ago to reflect on their own refugee experience, the refugee crisis unfolding today, and what we need to do to live up to our country’s ideals.
UNUM Short: A Strike that Changed America
S2022 E11 - 8m 37s
Reacting to a scene from THE ROOSEVELTS, US Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio considers the legacy of the United Mine Workers Strike of 1902 and the role our modern government should play in labor disputes.
UNUM Short: How Dolly Parton Reclaimed Her Career
S2022 E10 - 6m 9s
The 2021 release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded album, “Red (Taylor’s Version),” sparked discussions of artist rights. In this UNUM Short, Ken Burns reflects on Dolly Parton’s relationship to Porter Wagoner, and the struggle female artists often face against men in the industry who wield power over their careers.
UNUM Short: Remembering the Sand Creek Massacre
S2022 E9 - 5m 40s
In 2007, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site became the only National Park Service unit to use "massacre" in its name, acknowledging a horrific act of state-sponsored violence. In this UNUM Short, Ken Burns tells the story of the tragedy at Sand Creek, and the push to recognize it for what it truly was.
UNUM Short: Ali and Robinson
S2022 E8 - 4m 15s
Sports can serve as an x-ray of the health of America, and some of our greatest athletes have worked towards a better future for all of us. In this UNUM Short, Ken Burns reflects on the ways Muhammad Ali stood on the foundation Jackie Robinson created, using his platform to speak truth to power outside of the ring.
UNUM Short: Elections in Times of Crisis
S2022 E7 - 6m 50s
In the midst of the Great Depression, Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt ran against Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover for the presidency. In this UNUM Short, released just ahead of the 2020 election, Ken Burns explores leadership in moments of crisis.
UNUM Short: Baseball
S2022 E6 - 4m 6s
In 1947, a young student at Morehouse College named Martin Luther King, Jr. watched as Jackie Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball. In this UNUM Short, Ken Burns considers baseball's role in pulling us forward.
UNUM Short: The Mythology of Monuments
S2022 E5 - 5m 59s
During a 1985 interview, Ken Burns asked James Baldwin what the Statue of Liberty meant to him. In this UNUM Short, released amid debate over the removal of confederate monuments, Baldwin's powerful words resonate as we consider why, and for whom, our monuments have been built.
UNUM Short: When the World Couldn't Watch a Black Man Win
S2022 E4 - 4m 23s
In 1908, police stopped a title fight when storied Black boxer Jack Johnson was about to knock out his white competitor. Ken Burns tells the story in this UNUM Short, which explores sports as a mirror of our culture.
UNUM Short: Collective Mobilization
S2022 E3 - 2m 47s
During World War II, nearly the entire American automotive industry switched from producing cars to manufacturing wartime equipment. In this UNUM Short, Ken Burns compares the collective mobilization of the 1940s to America's pandemic response.
Introducing UNUM Shorts
S2022 E1 - 1m 17s
Ken Burns is making shorts. Watch this introduction to learn more.
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The Story of Queen Victoria
How the Monuments Came Down
Going to War
Trains That Changed the World