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Ken Burns and producer Dayton Duncan chronicle the Dust Bowl in all its complexities and profound human drama. It is both an oral history, using interviews of 30 survivors, and an historical accounting of what happened and why during the 1930s on the southern Plains, using first person accounts, narration, comments by historians, and restored photographs, footage and music from the period.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 1: The Great Plow Up||In the first episode of Ken Burns’s THE DUST BOWL, feel the full force of the worst manmade environmental disaster in America’s history as survivors recall the terror of the dust storms, the desperation of hungry families and how they managed to find hope even as the earth and heavens seemed to turn against them.||1:51:10||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEpisode 2: Reaping the Whirlwind||In the second episode of Ken Burns’s DUST BOWL, experience the gradual relief as the families of the plains seek new lives in California and government conservation efforts — and a break in the drought in 1939 — eventually stabilize the soil and bring the farms back to life, but with dangers of another Dust Bowl facing future generations.||1:52:19||$6.99||View in iTunes|
|101||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUncovering "The Dust Bowl"||Additional material and Backgrounder from "Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl"||5:39||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|102||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Dust Bowl Legacy||Additional interviews and history of the Dust Bowl from "Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl"||5:17||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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Great documentary. Ken Burns & Co. Treats us to a great story telling 4 hour event. Directly from those people impacted by the Dustbowl…. Hardly a Rehash! Hardly a repeat, instead a one of a kind Masterpiece..
Great show about the worst of times
I have wanted to know more about this era my whole life. It always seemed as though it was referred to and then passed over, except in the few histories written about it. But the dust bowl era and the depression never received the attention the First and Second World War or even the prohibition era did when I was growing up. Even though my parents had lived through it as young people in the south they never talked about it much either, but it was a time that had obviously changed everyone who witnessed it. This is that story I have been wanting to hear, mostly from the people who were there, and I really will treasure having this on my iTunes. The photography of that era is great on a big screen television in hi-def as well, though it looks as though some of the footage has been digitized from videotape because the original filmed footage the video was made from was lost. An excellent job. If Ken Burns is an industry unto himself, rightly so, for things like this.
Bad H264 Encoding
The content is great, but there is a serious issue with the video encoding : I downloaded the 1080p version, and on both my desktop mac, and on the 3rd generation AppleTV, the playback quality is terrible: motion is jerky (as if a 3/2 pulldown went wrong) and it appears to include a ton of interlaced video, that's poorly (or not) deinterlaced.