The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl

"THE DUST BOWL" 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. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril. (Source: PBS)

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Final: 1x02 -- Reaping the Whirlwind (Nov/19/2012)

Conclusion. How many families sought refuge from the Great Plains in California; and how government-led conservation efforts worked in conjunction with a break in the drought in 1939 to stabilize the soil and inject new life into farms.
Peter CoyotePeter Coyote
voiced Narrator
Peter CoyotePeter Coyote
voiced Narrator
Carolyn McCormickCarolyn McCormick
As Caroline Henderson
Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson
As Hazel Lucas Shaw

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Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Producer: Ken Burns, Julie Dunfey
Associate Producer: Aileen Silverstone, Susan Shumaker
Coordinating Producer: Elle Carriere
Cinematographer: Stephen McCarthy
Film Editor: Craig Mellish, Ryan Gifford
Assistant Director: Christopher Darling
Maps Maker: Richard Rubin (2)

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Network: PBS ( USA)
Type: Mini-Series
Genres: Action, Educational, Family, History
Status: Canceled/Ended
Airs: Sundays, Mondays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: November 18, 2012
Ended: November 19, 2012
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