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Filmmakers hold mirror up to American news comics culture in tonight’s PBS documentary

IN THE SUMMER OF 2010, just hours after meeting with Ken Burns about his addendum film to “Baseball,” I wrote an open letter to him. My pitch: “America’s documentarian” has famously created films about some uniquely American institutions and art forms, including “Jazz.” Why not take on an American art conspicuously missing from his catalog? Namely, the comic strip — as well as perhaps newspaper cartoons more broadly.


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