Ken Burns: The National Parks - America's Best IdeaClosed Captioning
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The national parks spring from an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most precious portions of the land should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone, for all time. Here are the stories of those magnificent places and the unforgettable people who kept them from destruction - stories of struggle and conflict, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration, set against a backdrop of stunning beauty and grandeur. The National Parks: America’s Best idea, a six-part documentary series from acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, is a breathtaking journey through the nation’s most spectacular landscapes and a celebration of the people - famous and unknown - who fought to save them for future generations to treasure.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Scripture of Nature (1851 - 1890)||Indian fighters encounter astonishing Yosemite Valley, which eventually attracts preservationist John Muir. An exploration confirms reports of a fantastical place at the headwaters of the Yellowstone River, which becomes the world's first national park.||1:53:48||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Last Refuge (1890 - 1915)||Some question America's rush across the continent. Theodore Roosevelt creates parks and refuges, and sets aside the Grand Canyon as a national monument. John Muir fights to prevent San Francisco from burying the Hetch Hetchy Valley under a reservoir.||2:11:35||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Empire of Grandeur (1915 - 1919)||Millionaire Stephen Mather oversees the national parks and persuades Congress to create the National Park Service. Mount McKinley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Acadia, Hawaii's volcanoes, and eventually, the Grand Canyon are set aside as national parks.||1:50:43||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoGoing Home (1920 - 1933)||Automobiles "democratize" the national parks. A Nebraskan couple collects parks, honeymooners take a homemade boat through the Grand Canyon, and a reclusive writer and a Japanese photographer launch a campaign to save the Smoky Mountains.||1:54:52||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoGreat Nature (1933 - 1945)||FDR expands the national park idea to embrace battlefields and other sites, a young Park Service employee argues that the parks are not doing enough to protect wildlife, and interned Japanese immigrants find solace in their memories of the national parks.||1:53:51||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Morning of Creation (1946 - 1980)||A Park Service biologist argues that ingrained practices hurt the parks, the Sierra Club opposes dams in pristine places, and the largest grassroots movement in conservation history fights for seven new Alaska parks.||1:53:52||$6.99||View In iTunes|
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Standard definition?!?! This was shot, and is airing, in HD! Why in the world is it only being offered in standard definition... at $10 per episode!
Ken Burns is a National Treasure Along with our National Parks
In 1872 the United States Government created the first National Park on the globe: Yellowstone National Park. "The Scripture of Nature" tells the history of Yellowstone and the inspiration for a National Parks system that sprung out of the collection of "artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and tourists" that found beauty and worth in the stunning natural world of Yosemite in California and Yellowstone in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. John Muir was inspired by the majesty of the American landscape and became the voice for the preservation of our spectacular wilderness. Ken Burns series on the National Parks is ever so timely as cynicism seems to be our new national voice. I highly recommend this series of documentaries and am convinced that those who pay attention to Burns' films will come away changed and inspired.
Ken Burns is an American treasure. My son and I were fortunate to meet him and thank him for the amazing work he has done to bring history to the forefront of public consciousness. We are lucky to have him and his art.
Absolutely stunning photography, and good music. Content is a bit stale though. Incredibly overpriced as well.