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This weekend, PBS announced Ken Burns’ latest documentary series, which will focus on the Dust Bowl, which left the Southwest damaged by years of drought in the early 1930s. The two-part series will air on Nov. 18 and 19.
“This is a cautionary tale rather than the inspirational story we tried to tell in our National Park series,” the Civil War director said of The Dust Bowl, reports USA Today. “This is the story of the greatest man-made ecological disaster in American history, a 10-year apocalypse.”
The Dust Bowl hit its peak in the Southwest in the early ‘30s, during the height of the Great Depression, which only added to the suffering. Burns calls the story “an epic of human pain and suffering.”
The Associated Press notes that PBS also announced that Burns is working on a documentary about the famous Roosevelt political family that will run 14 hours long. It will focus on Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. Paul Giamatti, Edward Herrman and Meryl Streep have been recruited to provide the voices for each member of the family. It will air in 2014.
Burns is also working on 14-hour documentaries on the Vietnam War and country music. He is also working on an Ernest Hemingway documentary for 2019.
Burns is the famous filmmaker behind other PBS classic documentaries such as Baseball, The Civil War, Jazz and The War. Last year, PBS aired his documentary on Prohibition.