Ken Burns on Muhammad Ali film, Olympics

On the 25th anniversary of Muhammad Ali lighting Atlanta’s Olympic cauldron, PBS and ESPN’s The Undefeated convened the panel “Ali on the World’s Stage” to promote “Muhammad Ali,” a... See More

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On the 25th anniversary of Muhammad Ali lighting Atlanta’s Olympic cauldron, PBS and ESPN’s The Undefeated convened the panel “Ali on the World’s Stage” to promote “Muhammad Ali,” a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, premiering September 19 on PBS. Hear from Burns, Dr. Todd Boyd, professor of cinema and media studies at USC, Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist, and moderator Lonnae O’Neal, senior writer for ESPN and The Undefeated. Evans explains what it was like to hand off the Olympic flame to Ali, who lit the Olympic cauldron in Atlanta 25 years ago. Dr. Boyd explains the significance of Ali’s appearance that night in the context of the life of the fighter and humanitarian. Burns describes the challenge of telling the story of the global hero.

On the 25th anniversary of Muhammad Ali lighting Atlanta’s Olympic cauldron, PBS and ESPN’s The Undefeated convened the panel “Ali on the World’s Stage” to promote “Muhammad Ali,” a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, premiering September 19 on PBS. Hear from Burns, Dr. Todd Boyd, professor of cinema and media studies at USC, Janet Evans, a five-time Olympic medalist, and moderator Lonnae O’Neal, senior writer for ESPN and The Undefeated. Evans explains what it was like to hand off the Olympic flame to Ali, who lit the Olympic cauldron in Atlanta 25 years ago. Dr. Boyd explains the significance of Ali’s appearance that night in the context of the life of the fighter and humanitarian. Burns describes the challenge of telling the story of the global hero.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.