Ric Burns

Semi-hidden history: For 61 years, Americans flatly banned the Chinese


As the commercial networks scramble for summer attention, PBS remains steady: In any season, it includes some compelling documentaries. Here's the story I sent papers, about a terrific film ("Chinese Exclusion Act") airing Tuesday, March 29, on PBS:

By Mike Hughes

For many PBS
viewers, the “Chinese Exclusion Act” film will deliver a jolt.

Suddenly, war became close and personal


Some of TV's best non-fiction moments have come from "American Experience" and/or the Burns boys, Ric and Ken. Now Ric Burns has a superb new "Experience" documentary Tuesday (Sept.18); here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

It was going to be a quick fight, a
skirmish between neighbors. Abraham Lincoln accepted 30-day
enlistments to fight the uprising in the South.