April 21, 2014 - Ken Burns

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An Al Qaeda video tips off U.S. forces, critics advance conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton, a church embraces mixed martial arts, and Ken Burns talks "The Address." 

>> TONIGHT TROUBLING RUMORSABOUT HILLARY CLINTON.

I HEARD SHE SLEPT WITH A FORMERPRESIDENT.

THEN HOW CAN CHURCHESATTRACT NEW MEMBERS.

GET READY FOR LOG FLUMEBAPTISM.

AND MY GUEST ACCLAIMEDDOCUMENTARIAN KEN BURNS HAS

A NEW FILM ABOUT THE GETTYSBURG

ADDRESS, I GAVE IT FOURSCORE OUT OF FIVE.

OSCAR MAYER IS RECALLING96,000 POUNDS OF HOT DOGS

FOR CONTAINING CHEESE.

UGH, A HOT DOG MADE WITH ANIDENTIFIABLE FOOD?

GROSS.

THIS IS "THE COLBERTREPORT."

WELCOME TO THE REPORT,

EVERYBODY, GOOD TO YOU HAVEWITH US.

>> STEPHEN, STEPHEN,STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN.

>> THANK YOU, LADIES ANDYES.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH,NATION.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)NATION, I HOPE THAT-- ANYBODY

WATCHING OUT THERE THAT IFYOU KNOW ME AT ALL YOU KNOW

THAT I AM A HUGE SUPPORTEROF THE WAR ON TERROR.

IT IS A MUCH BETTER BATTLEAGAINST AN ABSTRACT CONCEPT

THAN OUR WAR ON APATHY.

(LAUGHTER)FRANKLY, I JUST COULDN'T SEE

THE POINT OF THAT ONE.

WELL, LAST WEEK, FOLKS, WEGOT THE BOMBSHELL NEWS ON

THE PEOPLE WE'RE SHELLINGWITH BOMBS.

JIM?

>> U.S. INTELLIGENCEANALYSTS ARE EXAMINING A

VIDEO THAT APPEARS TO SHOWTHE LARGEST AL QAEDA

GATHERING IN YEARS.

THE RECORDING RECENTLYAPPEARED ON JIHADIST WEB

SITES, THE MEN ARE MEETINGIN A RUGGED MOUNTAINOUS

AREA.

>> THIS VIDEO IS PART ALQAEDA PEP RALLY AND PART

PROPAGANDA.

>> Stephen: AND THIS PEPRALLY PROPAGANDA OR

PREPA-GANDA HAS BEEN A HUGEVIRAL SUCCESS, ESPECIALLY

WITH THOSE JIHADDISTS WHOHAVE BEEN WAITING YEARS FOR

THE SEQUEL TO THEIR FIRSTHIT, MONKEY BARS!

BUT THIS WEEKEND THE VIDEOGOT ONE RESOUNDING DOWN

VOTE.

>> THE LARGE ATTACK UNDERWAY AGAINST AN AL QAEDA

AFFILIATE IN YEMEN JUST DAYSAFTER CNN FIRST AIRED THIS

VIDEO SHOWING THE GROUP ANDITS LEADERSHIP MEETING UP IN

THE OPEN FOR EVERYONE TOSEE.

>> YEMENI OFFICIALS ARECALLING THE OPERATION

UNPRECEDENTED KILLING ATLEAST 65 MILITANTS.

>> Stephen: FOLKS, LET THISBE A LESSON TO EVERYBODY OUT

THERE.

TERRORISTS, BUT ALSO TEENS,BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU POST ON

SOCIAL MEDIA, OKAY?

REMEMBER, IT SEEMS INNOCENTENOUGH BUT IT WILL BE OUT

THERE FOR THE REST OF YOURLIFE, WHICH FOR THESE GUYS

WAS ABOUT FIVE DAYS.

(LAUGHTER)IF YOU REALLY MUST UPLOAD

YOUR EMBARRASSING PARTY THANWILL YOU MAKE SURE GEO

TAGGING IS OFF.

THEN POST-IT WHERE YOU ARESURE NO ONE WILL SEE IT.

LIKE GOOGLE PLUS.

(LAUGHTER)NOW NATION I DON'T

MEAN-- SOUND ADVICE.THAT IS STEPHEN'S SOUNDADVICE.

NATION, I DON'T MEAN TOALARM YOU BUT HILLARY

CLINTON CONTINUE ITS TOEXIST.

(LAUGHTER)SHE IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO

REPUBLICANS IN 2016 OTHERTHAN REPUBLICANS IN 2014.

(LAUGHTER)AND SHE HAS JUST BECOME MORE

THREATENING.

>> WE HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATINGAN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT

HILLARY CLINTON'S FUTURE.

AND TODAY WE GOT ONE.

SHE'S GOING TO BE AGRANDMOTHER.

>> Stephen: NOW OBVIOUSLYNEWS OF A GRANDCHILD IS A

JOYOUS OCCASION.

SOW I JUST WANT TO TAKE AMOMENT RIGHT NOW TO PUT

POLITICS ASIDEAND OFFER THE CLINTON FAMILY

A HEARTFELT CONGRATULATIONSFOR SUCH A SHREWD POLITICAL

MOVE.

(LAUGHTER)RIGHT?

RIGHT, FOX NEWS?

>> I THINK A LOT OF THISMAYBE THIS WAS PLANNED.

>> Stephen: YES.

MAYBE THIS WAS PLANNED.

AND WE ALL KNOW ONLY THEMOST DEVIOUS PEOPLE WOULD

EVER PLAN A PREGNANCY.

(LAUGHTER)CLEAR, CLEARLY, FOLKS,

HILLARY CLINTON HASENGINEERED THE BIRTH OF HER

FIRST GRANDCHILD IN A CRAVENPOLITICAL PLOY TO SEEM

ENDEARING.

I MEAN NOT EVEN BARACK OBAMAEVER STOOPED TO BECOMING A

GRANDMOTHER.

(LAUGHTER)IT'S SO OBVIOUS, BILL AND

HILLARY CLEARLY SAT DOWN WITH THEIR DAUGHTER AND

SYNCED CHELSEA'S OVULATIONCYCLE WITH HILLARY'S POLITICAL

CAMPAIGN CALENDAR.

THERE IS NO OTHER MOTIVATIONFOR A COUPLE IN THEIR 60s TO

WANT THEIR DAUGHTER TO GIVETHEM A GRANDCHILD.

(LAUGHTER)BUT SOME NA-NA NAYSAYERS SAY

NAY NAY.

>> DON'T YOU THINK THAT THEYARE ENTITLED TO TRY TO HAVE

A BABY WHENEVER THEY WANT.

AND BY THE WAY, IF IT WASGOING TO BE PLANNED IT WOULD

BE PLANNED FOR NEXT YEARWHEN THE CAMPAIGN MIGHT

ACTUALLY BE UNDER WAY.

>> Stephen: GOOD POINT,HOWIE.

IF IT WAS PLANNED, THE CHILDWOULD BE BORN AROUND THE

IOWA CAUCUSES.

I MEAN WHAT A WASTE OF APERFECTLY GOOD PREGNANCY.

SO THAT'S NOT THE ONLY BIGNEWS TO COME OUT OF HILLARY'S

STILL MULLING OVER WHETHERTHIS IS A CAMPAIGN.

LAST WEEK SHE WAS VICIOUSLYATTACKED.

>> BETWEEN SECRETARY OFSTATE AND THE POSSIBLE RUN

FOR PRESIDENT, HILLARYCLINTON FOUND HERSELF UNDER

FIRE AS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKERAT THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION

OF THE SCRAP RECYCLINGINDUSTRY.

>> IT'S ALREADY RECYCLING.

>> A WOMAN IN THE AUDIENCETHREW A SHOE AS CLINTON WAS

SPEAKINGYESTERDAY.

FORTUNATELY HER AIM WASN'TVERY GOOD.

>> WHAT WAS THAT, A BAT.

WAS THAT A BAT?

IS THAT SOMEBODY THROWINGSOMETHING AT ME?

IS THAT PART OF CIRQUE DUSOLEIL?

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: NO, NO SECRETARY

CLINTON IF IT WAS PART OFCIRQUE DU SOLEIL THE SHOE

WOULD HAVE PERFORMED ATWO-HOUR DREAM OPERA.

AND THEN CHARGED YOU $200 ATICKET.

(LAUGHTER)NOW FOLKS, I DO NOT TRUST

HILLARY CLINTON.

AND THERE'S A TON OF PERSONWHO AGREE WITH ME.

>> WE HAD A CALL YESTERDAYAND BASICALLY THIS WOMAN'S

THEORY IS THAT MRS. CLINTONSTAGED THE WHOLE INCIDENT

WHERE SOMEBODY THREW A SHOEAT HER.

THE CLINTON WILL WELL-KNOWNFOR STAGING THINGS.

DO THE CLINTON STAGE THINGS?

HECK YES, THEY STAGE THINGS.

THEREFORE IS IT OUTRAGEOUSTHAT SOMEBODY WOULD CALL

HERE AND THINK MAYBE HILLARYSTAGED THE SHOE

THROWING-- NO, IT ISN'TOUTRAGEOUS.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE ITCOULD HAVE BEEN STAGED.

I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT, SHEWAS STANDING ON A STAGE.

(LAUGHTER)FOLKS, THERE'S A CONSPIRACY

OF FOOT AFOOT.

WHICH CAN ONLY BE FULLYADDRESSED IN MY LONG RUNNING

SEGMENT, STEPHEN COLBERT'S[BLEEP] SERIOUS.

>> HEAR ME OUT.

>> Stephen: WHERE I EXPLORECONSPIRACY THEORIES AND POSE

THE HARD QUESTIONS LIKE INNINE YEARS WHY HAVE I ONLY

DONE THIS SEGMENT ONCEBEFORE?

(LAUGHTER)WHAT DO THEY NOT WANT YOU TO

KNOW?

AND IF I'M IN CHARGE OF MYSHOW, ARE THEY ME?

(LAUGHTER)NOW WE MAY KNOW THE FOOTWEAR

BUT WE'RE STILL TRYING TOFIGURE OUT THE FOOT-WHY.

RUSH?

>> I DON'T KNOW WHY ANYBODYWOULD BE THROWING A SHOE AT

HILLARY UNLESS, AND MAYBEIT'S AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE

BENGHAZI PEOPLE LOOK LIKENUTS AND LUNATICS AND WACKOS

EVEN IF IT HAD ANYTHING TODO WITH THAT WHICH I DON'T

KNOW.

>> Stephen: YES, YES.

YES.

(APPLAUSE)(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YES, IT'S ALLPART OF HILLARY'S PLAN TO

MAKE THE BENGHAZI PEOPLELOOK LIKE WACKOS IF IT

EVEN HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITHTHAT WHICH RUSH AND I DON'T

KNOW BECAUSE IF IT DIDN'TTHEN WE LOOK LIKE WACKOS FOR

BRINGING UP BENGHAZI NOW FORNO REASON.

OH, YOU'RE GOOD!

AND FOLKS, THERE AREOTHER--

(APPLAUSE)THERE ARE OTHER--

(LAUGHTER)SHE CLEARLY PLANNED IT.

NO, NO, WE'VE GOT TO GO.

FOLKS THERE ARE OTHER BRAVESHOE TRUTHERS OR SHUTHERS

LIKE HERMANN CAINE WHOTWEETED "HMM...FAKERY FROM THE

CLINTONS?" AND LINKED TOTO THE WEB SITE WHERE A

BLOGGER NOTED SHE DOESN'T PUTHER HANDS UP TO PROTECT

HERSELF AND DOESN'T DUCK OUTOF THE WAY UNTIL THE SHOE

ALREADY PASSED HER AND IFTHERE IS ONE THING CAIN KNOWS

IT'S WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONETHROWS A SHOE AT YOU.

>> OH SHUCKY DUCKY.

>> Stephen: YES, BUT HILLARY,HILLARY, HILLARY DID NOT

SHUCKY DUCK FAST ENOUGH.

AND ANYONE, ANYONE WHO HASTHROWN A SHOE AT A

66-YEAR-OLD WOMAN KNOWS THEYREACT WITH COBRA SPEED.

(LAUGHTER)(APPLAUSE)

HILLARY, HILLARY'SMOTIVATION-- I THINK YOU

MIGHT BE SEEING MORE OF THISPHOTO IN THE FUTURE.

YES, I'M A PSYCHIC.

HILLARY'S MOTIVATION FORSTAGING THIS SHOE-SPIRACY

ARE OBVIOUS AS A POST ON FOXNEWS'S BERNIE GOLDBERG'S

BLOG SUGGESTS, REMEMBERINGTHE BUSH INCIDENT, SHE MAY

HAVE CALCULATED THIS WOULDMAKE HER SEEM PRESIDENTIAL.

YES!

YES, SHE HAS STOLENPRESIDENT BUSH'S MOST

PRESIDENTIAL MOMENT, THEONLY WAY, ONLY WAY HILLARY

CLINTON COULD SEEM MORE LIKEA LEADER IS IF SHE CHOKED ON

A PRETZEL WHILE FALLING OFFA SEGWAY.

I MEAN THINK ABOUT IT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)THINK ABOUT IT!

EITHER THIS INCIDENT WAS ONETINY MACHINATION IN THE VAST

MASTER PLAN METICULOUSLYORCHESTRATED BY THE CLINTONS

OR SOME CRAZY LADYTHREW A SHOE AT HER.

ASK YOURSELF THIS.

WHICH ONE OF THOSE TWOPOSSIBILITIES LETS ME TALK

ABOUT IT FOR SIX MINUTES?

(LAUGHTER)NOW CONTINUE TO THINK ABOUT

IT, HILLARY IS SO DEVIOUS ITIS POSSIBLE EVEN LOSING THE

2008 PRIMARY WAS PART OF HERSCHEME.

THAT WAY SHE DOESN'T BECOMEPRESIDENT IN 2008, SHE CAN'T

GET RE-ELECTED IN 2012,STEERING A PATH FOR A SHOE

TO BE THROWN AT HER THE VERYSAME WEEK WE LEARN CHELSEA

IS PREGNANT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)I MEAN IT'S LIKE WE'RE

PLAYING CHECKERS AND SHE'SNOT SO WE'RE PLAYING HER

SIDE TOO AND SHE'S STILLBEATING US.

(LAUGHTER)WELL, THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION OF STEPHEN COLBERT'S[BLEEP] SERIOUS UNLESS

YOU'RE LISTENING TO THIS FROMTHE IMPLANT IN YOUR FILLINGS,

IN WHICH CASE, I'LL BE WITH YOU ALL NIGHT LONG.WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, FOLKS.

FOLKS, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOLKS, IF YOU CHECKED YOURLITURGICAL CALENDAR YOU'LL KNOW

THAT YESTERDAY WAS EASTER.

SO I JUST WANT TO WISHEVERYBODY A HAPPY EASTER.

BUT NOT FOR YESTERDAY, FORNEXT EASTER, OKAY.

LET ME GET THINGS OUT EARLY.

WHILE I'M AT IT HAPPY LABORDAY, NOW GET BACK TO WORK, IT'S

APRIL. BUT SADLY RECENTPEW RESEARCH FROM THE PEW

RESEARCH CENTER FOUND THATTHE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS

WHO SAY THE SELDOM OR NEVERATTEND RELIGIOUS SERVICES

HAS RISEN.

PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TOCHURCH.

EVIDENTLY, SOMEBODY BLABBEDABOUT THE GOD IS EVERYWHERE

LOOPHOLE.

THANKFULLY, THIS YEAR SOMECHURCHES BEGAN SPENDING

MONEY ON GIVEAWAYS ANDPRIZES IN HOPES OF BOOSTING

ATENDANCE ON EASTER SUNDAY.

AT LAST, PRIZES.

I MEAN WHAT ELSE WERE THEYGOING TO LURE PEOPLE IN W

THE PROMISE OF UNCONDITIONALLOVE AND ETERNAL SALVATION.

THEY GAVE THAT OUT LASTYEAR.

NOW FOLKS, FALLINGATTENDANCE IS WORSE AMONG

MEN, CHRISTIANITY HAS BECOMEUNMANLY.

A LOT OF PRIESTS DON'T EVENHAVE GIRLFRIENDS.

WHICH IS WHY I WAS HAPPY TOHEAR THAT SOME CHURCHES HAVE

FOUND A WAY TO PUT THE DUDEBACK IN DEUTERONOMY,

ACCORDING TO THE "NEW YORKTIMES", A SMALL BUT GROWING

NUMBER OF EVANGELICALCHURCHES HAVE EMBRACED MIXED

MARTIAL ARTS TO CONVERTYOUNG MEN.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

IT'S LIKE JESUS SAID IFANYONE SLAPS YOU ON THE

RIGHT CHEEK, TURN TO THEMTHE OTHER CHECK THEN KEEP

TURNING UNTIL YOU DELIVER AROUND HOUSE KICK TO HIS JAW.

YAH!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)YAH!

ALL THIS HARD-CORE MMACHURCH ACTION IS IN A NEW

DOCUMENTARY CALLED FIGHTCHURCH.

>> AS CHRISTIANS, THERE ARETIMES WHERE YOU TAKE SHOTS.

THAT'S WHERE THE BIBLE GIVESYOU YOUR TRAINING.

>> I DON'T LOOK LIKE THETYPICAL PASTOR AND THAT'S

OKAY WITHIN A COUPLE OF GODFEARING MEN PUNCHING EACH

OTHER IN THE FACE.

>> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,THIS IS PASTOR VERSUS PASTOR.

>> YOU GOT TO LEARN TO PUTYOUR FOOT ON HIS NECK.

SOMEBODY SHOUT JESUS.

>> Stephen: YES, SOMEBODYSHOUT JESUS!

BUT PROBABLY NOT THE GUYWITH THE FOOT ON HIS NECK.

(LAUGHTER)ALL THIS TIME ALL THIS TIME

WE'VE BEEN TURNING TO JESUSFOR ANSWERS TO OUR DEEPEST

QUESTIONS.

BUT WE MISSED THE MOSTCENTRAL QUESTION OF ALL.

>> CAN YOU LOVE YOURNEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF AND

THEN AT THE SAME TIME KNEEHIM IN THE FACE?

(LAUGHTER)>> Stephen: YES, YOU CAN.

ESPECIALLY IF HE KEEPSRAKING HIS LEAVES INTO YOUR

YARD.

THIS IS THE LAST WARNING,ALLEN!

AND REST ASSURED, FOLKS, ALLTHIS FACE KNEEING IS BASED

ON SCRIPTURE.

>> THERE IS A VERSE IN THEBIBLE THAT SAYS BE WARY

WHEN ALL MEN SPEAK WELL OFYOU.

IF EVERYBODY LOVES YOU, YOUARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG.

>> Stephen: AND NOTHINGMAKES YOU NOT BE LOVED BY

SOMEONE QUITE LIKESHATTERING HIS CLAVICLE.

WHICH MEANS YOU GOT TO BEDOING SOMETHING RIGHT.

BUT AT THE END OF THE DAYFIGHT CHURCH IS ABOUT

SPREADING THE WORD.

>> THIS IS A BATTLEFIELD.

WE NEED TO CHARGE HIM, NOTWAIT FOR THEM TO COME TO US.

>> AT THE END OF THE DAYIT'S ABOUT REACHING PEOPLE

WITH THE GOSPEL REGARDLESSOF WHAT YOU DO TO INTRODUCE

THEM TO RELATIONSHIP WITHJESUS CHRIST.

>> Stephen: YES, IT'S ARELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

IT'S LIKE A BLIND DATEDURING WHICH YOU MAY BE

BLINDED.

(LAUGHTER)BUT I SAY WE CAN TAKE HAND

TO HAND HOLY WAR EVENFURTHER.

I MEAN IF WATCHING TWOCHRISTIANS ATTACK EACH OTHER

IS FUN WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIANAND A LION?

(LAUGHTER)WITH ACTION LIKE THAT I BET

YOU COULD FILL UP A STADIUM.WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS ADOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

WHO WANTS PEOPLE TO MEMORIZE THEGETTYSBURG ADDRESS

I DON'T KNOW, IT DIDN'T ENDWELL FOR THE FIRST GUY WHO

MEMORIZED IT.

PLEASE WELCOME KEN BURNS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)HEY, HOW ARE YOU.

WELCOME BACK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> OKAY, EVERYBODY KNOWS KENBURNS, CIVIL WAR, BASEBALL,

YOU GOT HOW MANY, YOU GOTTWO GRAMMYS, THREE

PEABODY'S, MOST IMPRESSIVELYTHIS IS YOUR SIXTH TRIP BACK

TO MY SHOW.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: WHAT KEEPS THEKEN BURNS MOTOR RUNNING?

>> I'M WORKING SEVENPROJECTS AT ONCE AND--

YOU'RE KIDDING.

>> NO, SEVEN.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE APROBLEM.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE ADDICTEDTO HISTORY.

>> I AM ADDICTED TO HISTORYAND I WOULD BE PREGNANT IF I

WERE A WOMAN BECAUSE I CAN'TSAY NO TO A PROJECT.

>> Stephen: WOW!

THAT'S BOLD.

OKAY.

YOUR NEW PROJECT IS CALLEDTHE ADDRESS, FILM BY KEN

BURNS.

IT JUST PREMIERED APRIL15th.

IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON DVDFROM THE GOOD PEOPLE AT PBS.

NOW THE ADDRESS, THEGETTYSBURG ADDRESS.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S THE BIGDEAL ABOUT THE GETTYSBURG

ADDRESS, YOU KNOW IT GETS ALOT OF PRESS, A LOT OF PRESS

BECAUSE IT IS SHORT, YOUKNOW IT IS EASY TO GET

THROUGH.

>> IT'S LINCOLN-- .

>> Stephen: BUT IS IT REALLYTHAT GOOD?

OR HOW MUCH OF IT IS HYPE?

>> NO HYPE, IT'S REALLY THATGOOD.

>> Stephen: IT'S ONLY 272WORDS.

IF IT WAS GOOD, I'M GOING TOKEEP TALKING IF IT WAS GOOD,

WOULDN'T THERE BE MORE OFIT?

>> NO, THAT'S THE BEAUTY.

PURE PRESIDENTIAL POETRY,HE'S DOUBLING DOWN ON THE

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

BECAUSE THOMAS JEFFERSONSAID ALL MEN ARE CREATED

EQUAL BUT HE OWNED OTHERHUMAN BEINGS.

LINCOLN FREED THOSE HUMANBEINGS AND SET IN MOTION A

KIND OF 2.0 VERSION WHICHTHE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS IS WE

HAVEN'T REPLACED IT.

AND IN 272 WORDS, IN 10SENTENCE, THE FIRST ONE FOUR

SCORE AND SEVEN YEARS ISWHERE WE'VE BEEN, NOW WE ARE

ENGAGED IN A GREAT CIVIL WARIS WHERE WE ARE, AND THE

REST ARE ABOUT PULLING USINTO A FUTURE THAT WE HAVE

BECOME.

HE ASKED US TO BE ADIFFERENT KIND OF PEOPLE TO

HAVE A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM.

AND THIS FILM IS ABOUT ASMALL SCHOOL IN VERMONT

WHERE THE KIDS SUFFER FROMDISLEXIA, ADHD, A WHOLE

HOST OF LEARNING DIFFERENCESTHAT MAKES THEIR PASSAGE

THROUGH SCHOOL VERYCHALLENGING.

BUT EACH YEAR THE SCHOOL FORTHE 35 YEARS IT HAS BEEN IN

EXISTENCE HAS CHALLENGED THEKIDS TO FIRST MEMORIZE IT

AND THEN PUBLICLY RECITE THEGETTYSBURG ADDRESS.

>> Stephen: AND THEY COMPETEAGAINST EACH OTHER TO BE THE

ONE WHO GETS TO DO THIS.

>> NO, NO, THEY ALL DO ITTHEY ALL MEMORIZE IT, AND

THEY HAVE ALL-- .

>> Stephen: BUT DOESSOMEBODY WIN, ISN'T THERE A

WINNER, IS THERE A WINNER?

BECAUSE IT SOUNDS LIKEYOU'RE HAVING CHILD FIGHTS

AGAINST EACH OTHER.

JUST 50 CHILDREN.

>> EXACTLY, NO, NO, THERE ISA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A HIGH

SCHOOL, FIRST, SECOND ANDTHIRD.

BUT THEY'RE ALL WINNERSBECAUSE THEY OVERCOME THIS,

LOOK, WE DON'T DO ANY MEMORIZATION IN SCHOOL ANY

MORE.

WE USED TO MEMORIZE A LOTOF STUFF.

>> I DIDN'T DO IT BEFORE.

>> WE ACTUALLY HAVE A CLIPOF THE FILM.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

>> WE HAVE DIVIDED THEGETTYSBURG INTO FIVE

PARAGRAPHS FOR LEARNING.

>> FOUR SCORE AND SEVENYEARS AGO OUR FATHERS-- BROUGHT

FORTH ON THIS CONTINENT ANEW NATION WITH LIBERTY AND

DEDICATED TO THE -- THAT ALLMEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.

>> YOU DID THAT VERY WELL.

CAN YOU TELL THEM WHAT WASGOING ON IN PARAGRAPH 1,

ABOUT FOUR SCORE.

>> HOW AMERICA CAME TOGETHER, AND THEN WHAT'S HAPPENING.

>> OUR FATHERS BROUGHT FORTH>> ON THIS CONTINENT A NEW

NATION DEDICATED>> TO THE PROPOSITION THAT

>> ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.

>> Stephen: IF LINCOLN HADLOST THE WAR WOULD WE BE

MEMORIZING THIS SPEECH?

>> THAT'S SO INTERESTING.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE, IASKED IT?

(LAUGHTER)>> SELBY FOOT IN THE CIVIL

WAR SAID AS A MISSISSIPPIANTHAT EVEN THOUGH HE, HIS

PEOPLE HAD LOST THE CIVILWAR, HE WAS ASKED TO MEMORIZE

IT BECAUSE IT WAS SUCHAN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF

DICTION SUCH ANEXTRAORDINARY PIECE OF

RHETORIC THAT IT SORT OFWOULD BE REMEMBERED

REGARDLESS.

SO I HAD NEVER THOUGHT ABOUTIT THE OTHER WAY.

>> Stephen: YOU STARTEDANOTHER PROJECT, WHAT IS IT

CALLED, LEARN THE ADDRESS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: YOU WERE TRYINGTO GET EVERYBODY IN AMERICA

TO LEARN THIS ADDRESS.

>> YES, WE WERE CHALLENGINGEVERYBODY.

IF YOU GO TO LEARN THEADDRESS.ORG YOU HAVE ALL THE

LIVING PRESIDENTS, NOTABLEPEOPLE, STEPHEN COLBERT,

LOTS OF-- .

>> Stephen: HOW DID YOU GETHIM?

(LAUGHTER)>> IT WAS REALLY TOUGH.

IT WAS TOUGH BUT HE DID IT.

>> Stephen: BUT WHY THISADDRESS?

I MEAN THERE ARE SOME GREATPRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES OUT

THERE.

WHY NOT WILLIAM HENRYHARRISON'S 8400-WORD

PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURALADDRESS THAT WAS SO POWERFUL

THAT IT KILLED HIM.

>> THAT HE DIED!

>> Stephen: ONE MONTH LATER.

I MEAN THAT IS A SPEECH TOMEMORIZE.

(APPLAUSE)MAYBE THE NEXT FILM.

>> MAYBE, THE PRESIDENCY OFWILLIAM HENRY HARRISON.

>> Stephen: THAT WOULD BE AVERY SHORT DOCUMENTARY.

IT'S A STATION BREAK ON PBS.

>> THEN I CAN'T DO IT.>> Stephen: KEN BURNS, THEADDRESS, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FORTHE REPORT, EVERYBODY, GOOD

NIGHT!

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