Prohibition — in 6 hours, by Ken Burns

Starts tonight on KERA, our local PBS affiliate.  A key part of history, especially for the political winds of 2011.

Should I require classes to watch it?

Part 1 runs tonight at 7:00 p.m. and the repeats at about 8:30 p.m. (if I’m reading this schedule correctly, and KERA has done this before with programs they expect to be very popular).

Part 2 is scheduled for Monday at 7:00, and Part 3 for Tuesday at 7:00 — with repeats to follow both nights.

6 Responses to Prohibition — in 6 hours, by Ken Burns

  1. mark says:

    I tuned in late to the first episode. I thought it was about the Tea Party. God talked to people back then, too–telling them to tell other people how to behave.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Jude, what do you recommend in video for Prohibition, or the Jazz Age?


  3. Pity the silver lining with prohibition was “American’s learned to never put fanatics in power ever again.”


  4. Scrooge says:

    Alcohol is a big part of American history. I was amazed at how much people drank back then. If there is a silver lining with prohibition its that people don’t drink as much now.


  5. Jude says:

    I have yet to see a Ken Burns program that I find tolerable. I watched about 5 minutes of this one before I gave up. His documentaries are too boring, and they don’t really cover novel territory. The narration is monotone and I dislike his style. I watched a Yale open course on the Civil War where they were required to watch the Ken Burns Civil War series. The few times the prof mentioned it during the class, he talked about inaccuracies. Why bother? On the other hand, I’m working my way through the 1974 BBC series on World War II–The World at War. It’s amazing, filled with information I didn’t know and unique perspectives. I highly recommend that.


  6. Pangolin says:

    Absolutely. The relative problems with substance abuse, prohibition and regulation are some of the most important issues of the american experience. It’s why the U.S. imprisons a greater percentage of it’s population than any other country in the world.


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