documentary

  On March 30, CET, KET and other PBS stations will begin airing a new 6-hour Ken Burns production, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. The documentary, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee, takes a detailed look at one of our most dreaded diseases. Joining us for a preview of the film and to discuss what we know, and don'’t know, about cancer, are physicians with the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute, Dr. Rebecca Cornelius, Dr. John Morris, and Dr. Thomas Herzog.

  Since its premiere, the film documentary Hate Crimes in the Heartland has been used to spark awareness of and discussions about diversity, inclusion and justice, issues communities across the country are grappling with. Joining us to explore the film’'s messages and to discuss relations within and injustices faced by the Jewish and Arab communities are Hate Crimes in the Heartland’'s creator, filmmaker Rachel Lyon, and Shakila Ahmad, president of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.

Maestro is the new documentary featuring a look at the life of a classical music conductor, former Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Director Paavo Järvi. Director David Donnelly joins Brian O’Donnell with an overview of the project and the ongoing Kickstarter campaign to finance the release of the film.

A really good documentary film is at its best when it chronicles the life, times and works of a truly exceptional individual. Such is the case with Life Itself, based on the autobiography of arguably the most famous film critic of all time, Roger Ebert. Oscar-nominated director Steve James, most famous for his basketball epic Hoop Dreams, was given an all access pass to Ebert during his final months before he died of cancer. It didn’t help his condition that a botched surgery left him with no lower jaw, unable to speak or eat.

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