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Ken Burns 'Dust Bowl' to Premiere in November

PBS' favorite documentarian will debut his latest opus before Thanksgiving

By Kenny Herzog Jul 23, 2012 9:08AM
If Ken Burns and PBS are trying to tell us something by airing the historical filmmaker's "Dust Bowl" documentary just prior to Thanksgiving, message received. Burns' film examines the 1930s dust storms that decimated the Great Plains and left thousands of people either destitute or fatally ill, yet are often overlooked amid other national atrocities. 

"The Dust Bowl" | Ken Burns | PBS

During a Television Critics Association Panel this past weekend, Burns gathered with some of the survivors he interviewed for "Dust Bowl" and announced that his two-part TV movie would premiere on Sunday, Nov. 18, on PBS. 
In addition to archival footage and eyewitness accounts, "Dust Bowl" will also highlight the effect those tragic storms had on artists such as folk legend Woody Guthrie, and be accompanied by extended clips, photographs and transcripts on the PBS website.

"The Dust Bowl" airs Sunday, Nov. 18, and Monday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.
Jul 23, 2012 2:13PM
I agree that it's a tragic and fascinating chapter of American history. Eager to see the movie, even if Burns' films can sometimes be a bit taxing.
Jul 23, 2012 1:45PM
Excellent .  And Ken Burns is the person to do it justice.  Just wish we did not have to wait until November.
Jul 23, 2012 12:45PM
Burns is the best person to take on this story. The Dust Bowl period shaped America in many ways. Really looking forward to this work.
Jul 23, 2012 12:28PM
This is an amazing story - I never knew the enormous detail and impact of this until I read the book.  It is a great story about how nature has a definite purpose and when you fool with it, you are screwed.  Takes place during the depression and  I think it is a story that should be taught in our high schools (The Grapes of Wrath) -  What happened to the great plains is happening to our ocean, coral reefs, rain forests, etc.    I believe I saw a movie recently with Spencer Tracey - Sea of Grass - about the early conflict over our grasslands.  Really, really interesting stuff.
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