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A Quick Tip by GEldred

  • Sep 28, 2009
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The foresight of some of the people critical to the success of our National Parks is amazing. Another home run by Ken Burns.
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review by . September 28, 2009
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I have just finished sampling the first two hours of filmmaker Ken Burns latest PBS offering "The National Parks:  America's Best Idea".  Once again, Ken Burns has outdone himself with a film that at least up to this point has met or exceeded my expectations.  The National Parks are unique and beloved places near and dear to the hearts of tens of millions of Americans.  Burns handles his subject with a great reverence and tangible awe.  To my …
Quick Tip by . October 02, 2009
A great series about the National Parks. I highly recommend tivo'ing this. Find it on PBS
Quick Tip by . September 28, 2009
what struck me the most from episode 1, was how little our gov understood the positive magnitude of their decisions to create Nat Parks
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Los Angeles, California - 07/14/2008 - PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) announced today that it will air the new Ken Burns documentary series, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S BEST IDEA, in fall 2009. The 12-hour, six-part documentary series, directed by Burns and co-produced with his longtime colleague, Dayton Duncan, who also wrote the script, is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.

Filmed over the course of more than six years in some of nature's most spectacular locales -- from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska -- the documentary is nonetheless a story of people from every conceivable background -- rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration -- set against breathtaking backdrops.

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