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Ken Burns Has Four Daughters and a Director’s Confidence

The PBS rainmaker talks about raising girls and having a very different public persona.

Welcome to the first episode of The Fatherly Podcast featuring none other than noted film-maker, daughter-maker — he’s got four — and, depending on who you ask, troublemaker Ken Burns. The documentarian behind (but not responsible for) The Vietnam War and a significant portion of the PBS greatest hits album stopped by to talk about why kids should love and fear their country, how to make really good chicken, and what it means to be super intense even at home. If you don’t like Ken Burns already, prepare to feel like a total jerk. If you do like Ken Burns, prepare to feel like a person with awesome taste in other people.

Plus, host Joshua David Stein looks into how children develop a sense of self and why it can be so creepy to watch in real time. In finding out what a kid sees in the mirror — and how that relates to what a dog, dolphin, and adult who has never seen a mirror see — he finds a window into a specific type of cognition. Then he listens to a 5-year-old girl spit fresh jokes.

This is the first episode of The Fatherly Podcast. Get pumped for a bit of honesty, a bit of humor, and a whole lot of Ken Burns, who really is the coolest guy around.