The Dust Bowl

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Survey the causes of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, when 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. See vivid interviews with 26 survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom-seen movie footage, that bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible perseverance. The documentary is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us — a lesson we ignore at our peril.

  • TV: Part 1 – Sunday, 11/18 at 7:00pm, repeating at 9:00pm
  • TV: Part 2 – Monday, 11/19 at 7:00pm, repeating at 9:00pm