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Ken Burns Moves From Jazz to Mark Twain

While the jazz world is still passing gas from this past winter’s 19-hour gumbo

fest on PBS, Ken Burns (pictured left) is moving on with his life. TV’s most prominent documentarian

has just completed work on his latest film for PBS, Mark Twain, set to air Jan. 14

and 15. “Mark Twain was the funniest man on earth,” Burns told USA Today.

The 4-hour Mark Twain is the one of many upcoming films by Burns. The list of future subjects includes Jack Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, a series about national parks and a history of World War II that “will try to take a cross section of the country through the whole drift of the war.”

Burns hopes to keep his upcoming films between six and eight hours long, after

criticism flowed in response to his lengthy Jazz series. “I’ve been

promising myself to make a series that is short. But you know me.”

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