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Mike Pride

Mike Pride

Mike Pride, editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor and retired administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, writes history books. He lives in Bow.

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‘The past echoes in the present’: A review of ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’

By: - September 12, 2022

The three two-hour episodes of “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a documentary by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, debut on PBS beginning Sept. 18. Toward the end of “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” Ken Burns’ new documentary, the audience hears the last entry in the wartime diary of Anne Frank: “It’s a wonder […]

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Ken Burns at a podium

‘The number 6 million is impenetrable’: Burns discusses new film, ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’

By: - September 9, 2022

“The U.S. and the Holocaust,” a three-episode film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein, will debut on Sept. 18 on PBS. Burns and his partners and staff at Florentine Films work out of a production studio in Walpole, N.H. After watching the film, I interviewed Burns.  Our discussion has been shortened and lightly […]

Ken Burns speaks at a lectern during the Tribeca Film Festival

Muhammad Ali and us: A conversation with Ken Burns

By: - September 7, 2021

Ken Burns was never a boxing fan, yet when the idea of making “Muhammad Ali” was first suggested, he knew immediately that he had to make it. This was not the norm for Burns, who always has several film projects going at once and often takes months or even years to say yes to a […]

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Muhammad Ali lies on his stomach making a fist

Commentary: Burns’s ‘Muhammad Ali’ tells a story that teems with relevance

By: - September 7, 2021

Although Ken Burns’s “Muhammad Ali” opens during the age of black-and-white television, Ali’s spirit remains so alive today that it is jarring to see him dancing about in colorless footage as Sonny Liston stalks the ring seeking to land the blow that will shut the kid’s mouth. That is what much of the crowd and […]