Rebels and Ramblers: New Ken Burns 'Country Music' Documentary

From the Civil War to the Dust Bowl and from baseball to jazz, Ken Burns documentaries have covered a range of critical events in American history and culture. Now, country music is getting the Ken Burns treatment. He and long-time collaborators and producers Dayton Duncan and Julie Dunfey spent eight years researching and making an eight-part, 16-hour documentary called Country Music , which will air in six parts beginning Sunday, Sept. 15 on GPB.

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Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to the congregation of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sept. 15, 2019.
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On Sunday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden stood in the well of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama., where, 56 years ago, four members of the Ku Klux Klan detonated explosives, causing the deaths of four girls and injuring 22 others. Speaking during the Sunday school service, minutes before the 10:22 AM anniversary of the bombing, Biden delivered remarks addressing the hate in our countries past and the notably similar hate of today. 

During the memorial service, Biden referenced this being the four hundredth anniversary of the first slaves arriving in the United States, adding, “the domestic terrorism of white supremacy has been the antagonist of our highest ideals from before our founding: lynch mobs, arsonists, bomb makers and lone gunmen. And as we all now realize, this violence does not live in the past.”


U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after a Georgia woman said her father was bitten more than 100 times by ants at a veterans' home in Decatur.

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Conservation groups say they "remain skeptical" that machines injecting oxygen into the Savannah harbor will offset threats to fish caused by deepening the busy shipping channel.

However, the Southern Environmental Law Center says the groups won't return to court to fight the $973 million expansion of the waterway to the Port of Savannah.

The rate of uninsured Georgians has risen to 13.7% in 2018, ranking Georgia the third-highest uninsured state following Texas and Oklahoma, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Nationally, the amount of uninsured people also increased.

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