Blog | November 14, 2012

The Dust Bowl

JenThe Dust Bowl, a new film by Ken Burns, chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

On November 15, you can join Ken Burns, Al Roker and Paula Zahn in a live (from WNET’s studio at Lincoln Center in New York City) YouTube event and national dialogue regarding the Dust Bowl’s legacy on both the environment and the culture of the United States. The conversation will being at 2:00 PM Eastern.

Panelists will discuss current drought conditions along with the importance of environmental awareness and the effects humans have on the natural world.

The Dust Bowl, a new film by Ken Burns and his long-time partner Dayton Duncan, will air on PBS on November 18th and 19th.

Here’s a preview:

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