The Kalb Report: Ken Burns on Saving America in 2020

In the first-ever virtual “Kalb Report” on July 27, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told moderator Marvin Kalb that the United States in 2020 is in the midst of one of the four great crises in this nation’s history.

The triple threat of the coronavirus—a pestilence in Burns’ words—the ensuing economic collapse and the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter movement, all overseen by ineffectual and counterproductive leadership at the top, has put the nation in a calamitous situation that ranks with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, he said.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: One for the History Books, A Conversation with Ken Burns on a Turbulent 2020

Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker Joins Journalist Marvin Kalb to Offer Context and Perspective on the Pandemic, Protests and Politics in America at National Press Club Livestream Event, July 27

Adelphi, Md. (July 16, 2020)—Ken Burns, the Emmy-Award winning documentarian, is known for illuminating American life through renowned films including “Country Music,” “The Civil War,” “Jazz,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The Vietnam War,” and “Baseball.” By chronicling seminal moments in our country’s past, he has provided context and perspective on many of the unprecedented cultural, political and racial challenges we face today. Burns has also created a web page – UNUM – to explore the intersection of current events and history.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: “We the People…”

NPR’s Nina Totenberg, NBC News’ Pete Williams and CBS News Legal Analyst Jonathan Turley to Discuss Political Division and the U.S. Constitution at National Press Club, Dec. 4

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 12, 2019)—Is America headed for—or perhaps already in—a constitutional crisis fueled by highly partisan politics? Is this endangering our democracy? If so, where do we go from here?

The first forum in the 26th season of The Kalb Report (and the 100th program in the series) will tackle these questions as well as examine who we are as a country today, how we are influencing the world and whether the current administration is an anomaly or represents a dramatic shift in our ideology.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: Dealing with the Donald Trump Reality Show

Is Donald Trump good for ratings while being bad for journalism?

Nearly two years into the current administration, journalists are still struggling to determine how to cover this president who has broken all the rules of communicating with the people and who is fighting to undercut the legitimacy of any news organization that dares to criticize him.Continue Reading