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Old 11-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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The Dust Bowl- Ken Burns

In case anyone is interested, the latest mini series by Burns airs the 18th and 19th:

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/dustbowl/
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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Thanks for the reminder, just set it to record.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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Awesome! My dads family came out to CA during the dust bowl. I'll force my kids to watch.

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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So did anyone watch? I thought it was very interesting. Although like most Ken Burns documentaries I thought it would have been fine at half the length.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:09 PM   #5
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I thought it was fascinating, I knew about the dust pneumonia and had heard stories, but did not know the extent....or all of the root causes....
Some heartwarming stories, too-like how the feed companies heard that the farmer's wives were making dresses out of feed bags and started making them out of pretty patterns..how sweet!
It's a miracle anyone survived!
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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I saw an early version of it several months ago (Ken Burns lives near here, and we get to see most of his new shows at Dartmouth before they air), along with a panel of several of the people interviewed. Way cool.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:08 AM   #7
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An exhaustive overview of the era is in "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. I read it via audible a couple years ago and had a very Hard Time just getting through it. What a horrible situation.
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I watched and thought it was really interesting, one of his best, I think. What I always thought was that the Dust Bowl covered the whole Midwest Plains states, but it seems like the majority of it was centered in the Oklahoma panhandle with KS, TX, NM and COL effected as well. When you think about the 1930s, that might have been one of the worst decades in the history of Western Civilization. Depression, Dust Bowl, rise of Fascism among other things.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:01 PM   #9
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An exhaustive overview of the era is in "The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan. I read it via audible a couple years ago and had a very Hard Time just getting through it. What a horrible situation.
Thanks for the tip, just bought the Kindle version.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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As the OP, I should have watched it by now, but I haven't. It's on the DVR, we just haven't had a chance. I'm looking forward to it!
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Mine's on the DVR as well, been waiting for a good time to watch.

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Old 11-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #12
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I need to watch this. I grew up in that part of Kansas that they talk about. My Dad said I'd really appreciate it.

When I was in third grade, we had a dust storm that made it dark as night. We were trapped at school until it passed. Even back then I understood that it must have been horrible in the dust bowl.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #13
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Guess I'm going to have to pick it up on DVD, looks like its not repeating soon.
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Guess I'm going to have to pick it up on DVD, looks like its not repeating soon.
FWIW, I saw the DVD already at my local library.
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Seriously? Awesome.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:22 AM   #16
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There was a History Channel special about the Dust Bowl a couple of years ago. I wonder if Burns had to alter his story in any way because of it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #17
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I watched it and enjoyed it. However, I do think it was a bit long. We watched it over two nights and towards the last hour of the second part I was hoping it would get over.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:51 AM   #18
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Here's a small article from a few weeks ago about the making of this:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...0,927670.story

And for anyone with a Roku, if you load up nowheretv there is a link to the show in the top row. Says that it will be available for viewing until December 4.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:06 AM   #19
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I watched it and enjoyed it. However, I do think it was a bit long. We watched it over two nights and towards the last hour of the second part I was hoping it would get over.
You should try the book I mentioned and you would really hope it would get over. The whole story is so depressing that it just grinds on. Says something about us (me) I suppose that I can't stand much hearing about it, never mind actually having to live it.

Disclosure: I couldn't finish the book. Just too much.
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