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Herbalife meantime let's move onto another topic that we told you about our earlier that we would be talking about small budget films is generally speaking are all the -- in Hollywood these days so.
Making money not because they necessarily a big stars but because of the stories.
They're telling and what same goes basically for the documentary world with the new film set to -- on PBS telling a very.
-- compelling story of the famous filmmaker and a good friend of our show Ken Burns is telling -- -- not tennis here in studio it's always good to see you.
Thank you for coming in thank you.
The Central Park jogger case where these young men were accused of rape in that case and wrongfully.
The -- and then years later came out that somebody else had.
Perpetuated that crime against that woman 1989.
And you pick up the story to tell us boots -- -- to be fascinating it's a roller coaster ride you have to you know.
-- interest -- good stories as you say yeah and this is as good a story is any at -- told and it's it should be we told my daughter.
Sara burns and my son on -- make banner of their co directors and co writers and producers with me.
But this is a -- -- these kids are fourteen to fourteen year -- to fit deals in the sixteen year old who's developmentally challenged they're going to Central Park expecting.
You know the day off of school one comes back thirteen years later I mean for a crime they didn't commit and now they've been in they've had their.
You know convictions vacated they've been exonerated and they spent ten years.
The city of New York is put the slows on it -- -- story of an overreach of government.
It's wasting millions of dollars of taxpayers' money pursuing and delaying.
This case because a few people can't admit a mistake there is a huge rush to judgment obviously to allegedly hit original I think this is there a different story and we bought this thing they had the guy.
Yeah two days before they didn't follow through and he was allowed to rape this woman and then go on to rape other.
-- and murder a woman and meanwhile these kids they made for the crime they had these kids in interrogation for thirty hours.
You and I would confess to anything just to go home they know about -- and even know about lawyers.
And finally after thirty hours ago the story strain -- put him in front of the camera -- terrified kids.
Contradictions within -- can confessions.
Between their confessions.
And no DNA evidence that DNA evidence they have is another person now the business side of doing what you do you mentioned this story is a terrific story that's worth telling -- working and other projects that we've talked in the past about the Roosevelt's about Jackie Robinson yet.
Movies coming -- -- Vietnam Vietnam country music -- what's the environment like now you -- the underwriting and you need to support what I I am so lucky because they work in public television you know no commercial interruptions but also we have -- not investors so it permits -- to spend a long time to dive -- knowing that we can do as author authoritative as we can on a particular subject and we've been able to do that.
For the last 35 years in the civil war on baseball on jazz and all the all the things we've done -- Because PBS is set -- -- so we go out.
It's been -- and so eight and I founded an organization called the better angels society which helps us find individuals of wealth to offset what we've loss from.
Institutional foundations government funding corporate stuff but the corporate Bank of America is there getting government does have a little good it feels that it feels up a look at markets better and what's been greatest people stepped up to the plate in the better angels society named after Lincoln's.
First inaugural appealing to the better angels of our nature.
Realizing that particularly today when we're so at each other world everybody's red state blue state you know left right male female whatever it is -- -- -- -- -- table around which we can still have a conversation.
That lefty and that writing love Abraham Lincoln write so that if that's a place we can start you know the genius of America is compromised.
When it failed we had a civil war and seven -- 50000 people died because we didn't compromise.
It's the uncompromising thing we like to say -- I'm on offer on compromised.
But this is our -- my sense is just about all the topics that you all working on in the future but I think -- particulate.
The first ever -- broadcasting that affect -- in college work on this big project about -- Robin Williams -- he's a hero for every -- there always been fascinated by him and historian and you know these lessons -- life to come from sports and everything is associated with the other new movie separate set it -- I'm so excited about it you know it's had the cooperation of his widow Rachel who's a friend of mine and who's cooperating with our documentary has been incredibly generous in sharing.
The intimacies of their relationship this is a guy.
Could turn the other cheek for two years against all the thousands of racial slights threats and abuse it's not on related to the Central Park five because he's five kids have have heroically.
Without bitterness or anger have had with stood you know fighting City Hall but also wasted.
The thirteen years of injustice.
But Jackie did this and it transcends sports it transcends America's sort of a biblical tale so in which is not a kid at school kid anywhere that can't take some inspiration from the story Jackie Robinson and we think also the Central -- five goal authority Jackie Robinson a couple years of the Central Park five premieres April 16 PBS that's a week from today.
Fasten the seat belt you know clear -- the little kiddies because it's a tough story but it you know fasten -- this is as ripped.
Roaring a story as we've ever grabbed.
And and try to hang on to Ken Burns thanks is all -- thank you aren't.
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