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Documentaries that disrupt stories we thought we knew with Ken Burns

Ken Burns sits in a chair wearing blue jeans and a sweater with a few buttons at the top. The background is completely white
Alvin Kean Wong
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns says his work is an attempt to celebrate the complexity of humanity.

This hour, we talk to documentary filmmakers whose work disrupts the way we view the world. Ken Burns joins us in a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from his distinctive style to why we may be in the most difficult crisis in U.S. history. Then, we talk to Su Kim, one of the producers of the film 'Free Chol Soo Lee.' The film tells the story of a man who is convicted of a murder he didn’t commit and the movement to have him released. But the film is also about the systems that failed him before and after his imprisonment.


  • Ken Burns: Director and producer of more than 30 documentary films and series. He has been nominated for 2 Academy Awards and won 5 Emmy Awards. His latest work is a 2-part series called 'The American Buffalo.'
  • Su Kim: Producer of the documentary film 'Free Chol Soo Lee'

Special thanks to our interns Lateshia Peters and Joey Morgan.

Disrupted is available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Listen Notes, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode.

Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.

Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the director of audio storytelling and talk shows for Connecticut Public where she oversees the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.