Vox’s Jamil Smith talks with acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken and Sarah Burns. The father-daughter team discuss their latest documentary about The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, trying to say something new about a famous and already well-documented figure, how to tell the best story from 500 hours of raw footage, and what it’s like when filmmaking centered around American history is the family business.
Host: Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith), Senior Correspondent, Vox
- Muhammad Ali, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, & David McMahon (premieres Sept. 19)
- King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero by David Remnick (Vintage; 1999)
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“Vox Conversations” is a podcast looking to share authentic and open discussions with listeners, by way of conversations with the “brightest minds and deepest thinkers” of our time. The show is hosted by Jamil Smith and Sean Illing.