Ken Burns is American’s greatest story teller. At least he is the best of our time.

Watch Episode 1: The Great Plow-Up on PBS. See more from The Dust Bowl.

From C&L:

If you didn’t get a chance to see this special on PBS this week, and you’ve got some spare time to check it out on line instead, I’d highly recommend making some time to watch this latest documentary from Ken Burns, 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.

You can watch episode two at the link above. The footage and pictures of those storms and their aftermath is just simply amazing and terrifying. Ken Burns has done a lot of really wonderful work with documenting our country’s history and this latest from him is no exception.