A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Dorothy Williamson Dorothy Williamson ...  Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 4 episodes, 2012
Donald Worster Donald Worster ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Timothy Egan ...  Himself - Writer 4 episodes, 2012
Calvin Crabill Calvin Crabill ...  Himself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 4 episodes, 2012
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg Pamela Riney-Kehrberg ...  Herself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Imogene Glover Imogene Glover ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Wayne Lewis Wayne Lewis ...  Himself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Robert McCoy Robert McCoy ...  Himself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Charles Shaw Charles Shaw ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
R. Douglas Hurt R. Douglas Hurt ...  Himself - Historian 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Hodges Pauline Hodges ...  Herself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Clarence Beck Clarence Beck ...  Himself - Residen of Cimarron County, OK / ... 4 episodes, 2012
William Forester William Forester ...  Himself - Son of Harry Forester 4 episodes, 2012
Dorothy Kleffman Dorothy Kleffman ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Durrett Robertson Pauline Durrett Robertson ...  Herself - Resident of Potter County, TX 4 episodes, 2012
Trixie Travis Brown Trixie Travis Brown ...  Herself - Lipscomb County, TX / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Robert Forester Robert Forester ...  Himself - Son of Harry Forester 4 episodes, 2012
Shirley Forester McKenzie Shirley Forester McKenzie ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK / ... 4 episodes, 2012
Lorene White Lorene White ...  Herself - Resident of Stanton County, KS 4 episodes, 2012
Sam Arguello Sam Arguello ...  Himself - Resident of Union County, NM 4 episodes, 2012
Carolyn McCormick ...  Caroline Henderson 4 episodes, 2012
Peter Coyote ...  Himself - Narrator 4 episodes, 2012
Don Wells Don Wells ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 4 episodes, 2012
Floyd Coen Floyd Coen ...  Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS 4 episodes, 2012
Pauline Robertson Pauline Robertson ...  Herself - Resident of Union County, NM 4 episodes, 2012
Kristy Patterson Kristy Patterson ...  Thanks 4 episodes, 2012
Dale Coen Dale Coen ...  Himself - Resident of Morton County, KS 3 episodes, 2012
Irene Beck Hauer Irene Beck Hauer ...  Herself - Resident of Cimarron County, CO 3 episodes, 2012
Louise Forester Briggs Louise Forester Briggs ...  Herself - Resident of Texas County, OK 3 episodes, 2012
Ina K. Labrier Ina K. Labrier ...  Herself - Resident of Prowers County, CO 3 episodes, 2012
Millard Fowler Millard Fowler ...  Himself - Resident of Cimarron County, OK 3 episodes, 2012
Amy Madigan ...  Sanora Babb 3 episodes, 2012
Patricia Clarkson ...  Hazel Lucas Shaw 3 episodes, 2012
Kevin Conway Kevin Conway ...  Ernie Pyle 3 episodes, 2012
Virginia Frantz Virginia Frantz ...  Herself - Resident of Beaver County, OK 2 episodes, 2012
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.

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English

Release Date:

18 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dust Bowl See more »

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Florentine Films, WETA See more »
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Trivia

Extracts from the interviews in this documentary were used by Christopher Nolan in Interstellar when depicting the dust storms on Earth. See more »

Connections

Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Shady Grove
Traditional, arranged by Al Petteway and Amy White (BMI)
Performed by Al Petteway and Amy White and Joe Ebel
From land of the Sky
Courtesy of Maggie's Music
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Welcome To A 1930's, No-Man's-Land, USA
14 January 2015 | by xyzkozakSee all my reviews

Oh, yes! - Man and his machines - And would you just look at what thou hast done in the name of progress and agriculture!..... Yes. Thou hast created a state-wide "dust bowl" like never imagined possible.

It sure would've been nice and convenient if man could've guiltlessly shifted the blame for this devastating disaster onto the shoulders of good, old Mother Nature (saying that she was clearly having a very bad hair day that particular decade).... But, no way, Jose. In this case, man couldn't worm his way out of this mess-of-historical-proportions that easy.

Anyways - Even though "The Dust Bowl" was definitely somewhat over-long with its 240-minute running time, it was still quite an interesting documentary that I'm sure many viewers are going to find quite intriguing to watch.

Through vintage, newsreel footage, 100s of stills, and interviews with, not only historians, but with the very people who were actually present to witness this incredible phenomenon, the viewer soon learns just how this man-made disaster of endless dust storms affected the lives of thousands of American citizens during the Depression Years of the 1930s.

Directed by Ken Burns (for PBS), and narrated by Peter Coyote, The Dust Bowl is a fascinating step back in time to an awesome occurrence that we can only hope will never have a chance, ever again, to repeat itself.


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