May 31, 2018

Ken Burns checks in at Mayo Clinic to give a sneak preview of his upcoming documentary

By Karl Oestreich

Star Tribune
Ken Burns has checked into one of Minnesota's most famous institutions plenty of times as a patient, but Wednesday he was strictly in the Star Tribune Logodelivery business, offering a sneak preview of his upcoming documentary, "The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science." The two-hour film won't debut on PBS until Sept. 25, but roughly 500 Mayo staffers, selected by lottery, got to see more than 10 minutes of footage with live commentary from Burns, the Emmy-winning auteur behind "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Baseball."

Reach: The Star Tribune Sunday circulation is 518,745 copies and weekday circulation is 300,277. The Star Tribune is the state’s largest newspaper and ranks 16th nationally in circulation.

Context: The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope and Science tells the story of a unique medical institution that has been called a “Medical Mecca,” the “Supreme Court of Medicine,” and the “place for hope where there is no hope.” The Mayo Clinic began in 1883 as an unlikely partnership between the Sisters of Saint Francis and a country doctor named William Worrall Mayo after a devastating tornado in rural Minnesota. Since then, it has grown into an organization that treats more than a million patients a year from all 50 states and 150 countries. Executive directed by Ken Burns, The Mayo Clinic is a two-hour documentary produced and directed by Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers, produced by Julie Coffman, and written by David Blistein. It will air on PBS September 25-26, 2018. You can read more about the film here.

Additional coverage: KAAL, KIMT, Med City Beat, KTTC, Post-Bulletin

Previous coverage:
Arizona PBS: Latest Ken Burns film focuses on the history of the Mayo Clinic

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