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Ken Burns, Lynn Novick spent a decade trying to untangle the Vietnam War

Maybe it's a stretch to suggest that PBS' "The Vietnam War" is the magnum opus of Ken Burns' illustrious career. This is, after all, the man who made his name with epic and oftentimes definitive documentaries on everything from baseball to jazz to the Civil War.

But his latest labor of love with longtime collaborator Lynn Novick manages the impossible: Clocking in at 18 hours starting Sept. 17, it untangles one of the most complicated narratives in American history.

Burns and Novick recently sat down with The Times to discuss their process and the last decade making sense of

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