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Ken Burns Presents Willa Cather’s America

HOST: Meg Wolitzer


Host Meg Wolitzer helps a great documentarian celebrate a great American author. Cather, author of novels such as My Antonia and O Pioneers! just had her sesquicentennial—her 150th birthday. And Burns hosted a live evening of her shorter works. On this program, we feature “The Way of the World,” in which an imaginary town’s young “citizens” are rife with romance and rivalry. The reader is Sonia Manzano. And a weary farmer’s wife recaptures her long-dormant passion for music at “A Wagner Matinee,” read by David Strathairn.

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