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The National Parks: America's Best Idea: Season 1: Episode 6 -- After World War II, an increasingly mobile and affluent nation begins placing demands on the parks as never before, and the parks are in danger of being "loved to death." A Park Service biologist named Adolph Murie argues that ingrained practices such as killing predators runs counter to the purpose of national parks, while David Brower of the Sierra Club mobilizes public opinion to defeat Congressional proposals for dams in pristine places. In the 1970s, when President Jimmy Carter uses the Antiquities Act to set aside 56 million acres in Alaska, a huge uproar results -- and the largest grassroots movement in conservation history fights for the creation of seven new Alaska parks, adding 47 million acres, more than doubling the size of the park system.

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Release Date:
27 September 2009 (USA) See more »
Plot:
The history of the U.S. National Parks system, including the initial ideas which led to the world's first national parks and the expansion of the system over 150 years.
Awards:
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Beyond Interesting See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 12 of 39)

Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (10 episodes, 2009-2012)
William Cronon ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer (6 episodes, 2009)
Shelton Johnson ... Himself - Park Ranger (6 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Runte ... Himself - Historian (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Schullery ... Himself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Carl Pope ... Himself - Sierra Club (5 episodes, 2009)
Terry Tempest Williams ... Herself - Writer (5 episodes, 2009)
Murphy Guyer ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Philip Bosco ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
Kevin Conway ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)

Tom Hanks ... Reader (5 episodes, 2009)
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Series Directed by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Dayton Duncan (10 episodes, 2009-2012)

Series Produced by
Pam Tubridy Baucom .... coordinating producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Ken Burns .... executive producer / producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Dayton Duncan .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Julie Dunfey .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Karen Kenton .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
David McMahon .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Aileen Silverstone .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Susanna Steisel .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Jean Lane .... producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Jeanne Sison .... producer (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ken Burns (6 episodes, 2009)
Lincoln Else (6 episodes, 2009)
Allen Moore (6 episodes, 2009)
Buddy Squires (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Paul Barnes (6 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers (3 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Production Management
Dalton Delan .... executive in charge of production (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elle Carriere .... assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Mac Talmadge .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Joseph Becker .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Eric Burge .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers .... dialogue editor / sound effects editor / ... (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jim Gallup .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Gifford .... dialogue editor / sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2009)
John Haptas .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... dialogue editor / sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Miller .... original dialogue mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Chaz Newman .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
John Osborne .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Rob Polhemus .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Brian Roth .... voice over recording (6 episodes, 2009)
Len Schmitz .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
George Shafnaker .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant sound editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Rob Silverthorne .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Suarez .... post-production sound / sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 2009)
Lou Verrico .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Lincoln Else .... assistant camera / camera operator (6 episodes, 2009)
James Fitzgerald .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Dickey Galvin .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Garrett Guidera .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Roger Haydock .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Patrick Kelly .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Tracy Litwin .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Antonio Rossi .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Anthony Savini .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 2009)
Chris Bardsley .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Animation Department
Richard Rubin .... animator (6 episodes, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... animator (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Chris Beardsley .... technician: Arriscan (6 episodes, 2009)
John Dowdell .... colorist / apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Meagan Frappiea .... apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Peter Heady .... on-line editor / apprentice editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Daniel J. White .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Barnes .... supervising editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Gifford .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Richard Rubin .... apprentice editor (4 episodes, 2009)
Margaret Shepardson-Legere .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2009)
Erik Ewers .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2009)
Craig Mellish .... additional editor (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Matt Glaser .... musician: violin (6 episodes, 2009)
Bobby Horton .... music arranger / musician (6 episodes, 2009)
Molly Mason .... musician: bass / musician: guitar (6 episodes, 2009)
Jacob Ribicoff .... music editor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jacqueline Schwab .... musician: piano (6 episodes, 2009)
Billy Shaw .... music engineer (6 episodes, 2009)
Alan Stockwell .... music engineer (6 episodes, 2009)
Jay Ungar .... musician: banjo / musician: mandolin / ... (6 episodes, 2009)
David Cieri .... musician: piano (3 episodes, 2009)

Will Duncan .... composer: additional music / music: performer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Brent Bixler .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Sean Brennan .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Brian H. Dierker .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Allen Etheridge .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Lee Fink .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Ron Gedda .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Kevin Murphy .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Mike Nigro .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Paul Osman .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Larry Warrington .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
Dwight Willey .... driver (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Jeff Atkins .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Gerard Baker .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Nevada Barr .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Pam Baucom .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Bennett .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Sarah Botstein .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Tony Brave .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
George Bristol .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Tim Clark .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Jerryne Cole .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Wallace Cole .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
William Cronon .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Christopher Darling .... production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael DePersio .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Will Duncan .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Tom Durant .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Linda Franklin .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Christine French .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Dennis Galvin .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Robert N. Gold .... legal services (6 episodes, 2009)
Juanita Greene .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Kimberly Hamlin .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Kim Heacox .... acting coach (6 episodes, 2009)
Mike Hill .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Shelton Johnson .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
William Leuchtenburg .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Nancy Lory .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Beth Magura .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Valerie Marcus .... legal services (6 episodes, 2009)
Dave Mast .... technical director (6 episodes, 2009)
Kyle McCafferty .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Amber Montileaux .... production assistant / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Sophie Moore .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Joan Murphy .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Josh Nelson .... production associate (6 episodes, 2009)
Lynn Novick .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Kerstin Park-Labella .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Paul Schullery .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Susan Shumaker .... researcher / research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
Tim Spitzer .... project manager (6 episodes, 2009)
Darryl Thompson .... research assistant (6 episodes, 2009)
David S. Thompson .... project director (6 episodes, 2009)
Geoffrey C. Ward .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Lindsey Warren .... intern / production team (6 episodes, 2009)
Bernard Weisberger .... advisor (6 episodes, 2009)
Alex Williams .... production assistant / production team / ... (6 episodes, 2009)
Kirk Carapezza .... research assistant (5 episodes, 2009)
Joe DePlasco .... publicist (5 episodes, 2009)
Alfred Runte .... advisor (5 episodes, 2009)
Craig Impink .... other crew (4 episodes, 2009)
Patty Lawlor .... financial officer (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Brad Washburn .... in memory of (1 episode, 2009)
 

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USA:120 min (6 episodes)
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Beyond Interesting, 3 October 2009
Author: jkcanewton from United States

I knew very little about our National Parks, but Ken Burns has really opened my eyes. This was a spectacular piece of art. I started watching this because there was nothing else on. By the end of the week I couldn't wait to watch the next episode. The program inspired me to look more into the life of John Muir and I even joined the Sierra Club. The National Parks have a vivid history that can only be explained as intriguing and inspirational. The people that worked so hard to give America these beautiful places should be role models for all Americans. There are places I want to go around the world. Because of this program I now know that the world has some wonderful places to see, but America does also and I can't wait to see them. Good job Mr. Burns.

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