Ken Burns

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This new PBS special celebrates one of Ken Burns' most beautiful and beloved series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Filmed over the course of more than six years at 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 series is filled with incidents and characters as gripping and fascinating as American history has to offer. Filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan vividly reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series, and engaging interviews with Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and cinematographer Buddy Squires provide additional background. Ken Burns: The National Parks is also a story of the unforgettable Americans who made the parks possible. People from every conceivable background - rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs - 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.



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