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September 29, 2009 Ken Burns on how democracy saved the best places for all "What would we be like without the national parks?" Ken Burns calls that the "It's a Wonderful Life" question, the one raised in the classic Christmas movie. What if Americans hadn't stepped up to save their special places?
September 25, 2009 Ken Burns' 'National Parks' pays tribute to the men behind the idea Politicians and philanthropists pushed to set aside breathtaking, unspoiled land. The filmmaker appreciates this, and you will too.
September 25, 2009 'Dexter,' 'National Parks' both outstanding TV You have to laugh just thinking of it. This column is a double review of two spectacularly different creatures, each starting Sunday. Looking back through the years, there may never have been a more freakish pairing. There's the magnificent scenery and historical importance of the latest Ken Burns documentary for PBS, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." And there's the Season 4 premiere of America's favorite serial killer, "Dexter," on Showtime.
September 25, 2009 Johnson: The Smokies, our national parks shine on PBS After months of feasting on the Smokies in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sunday night promises to be the perfect dessert. East Tennessee Public Television will premiere "East Tennessee Stories: The Land, Its People and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park" at 6 p.m.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 25, 2009 Ken Burns Goes Camping, and Has Photos Ken Burns’s new opus for public television, a six-night history of America’s national parks, contains quite a bit of contemporary footage — more than we’re accustomed to from the maker of “The Civil War” and “Jazz.” Along with the usual archival photographs and blurry home movies, there are frequent high-definition color views of the majestic scenery in parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia and Denali.
September 24, 2009 Ken Burns' national-parks film, Sept. 27-Oct. 2 When Ken Burns finished filming "The Civil War" nearly 20 years ago, he realized it had taken him longer to make his movie than it had taken America to fight the war. The PBS film was popular, and, over the years, Burns continued to refine his style in films on baseball, jazz and other subjects.
September 24, 2009 Ken Burns's New Documentary Bob Schieffer spoke with legendary filmmaker Ken Burns about his new documentary on America's national parks on PBS.
September 24, 2009 ABC News Radio talks with Ken Burns ABC News Radio's Bill Diehl had an opportunity to sit down and chat with filmmaker Ken Burns about his new latest project showcasing the beauty and majesty of America's national parks. The PBS documentary is titled "The National Parks - America's Best Idea."
September 24, 2009 Ken Burns gives exhaustive treatment to parks It was the nation's best idea, Ken Burns, says: the national parks system. Americans can appreciate the 58 parks for their majesty and for the once-revolutionary concept of setting aside the country's most precious natural resources for all citizens to use, he says. Their histories unfold in the documentarian's latest series, starting Sunday on PBS.
September 18, 2009 10 national parks you don't want to miss Those of us who spend time in our glorious national parks, the places the writer Wallace Stegner once said were "the best idea we've ever had," quickly realize what a bargain they are. For the first time in human history, beautiful land was set aside, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. It was a purely democratic idea.
September 16, 2009 'The National Parks': This Ken Burns epic restores the soul This 12-hour history, starting on Sept. 27 on PBS, is a strong candidate for the most beautiful program ever to air on American television. It's the Burns effort that most closely rivals "The Civil War," his masterpiece.
September 16, 2009 Taking back the Angeles National Forest Just as it strains the imagination to picture a universe that stretches to infinity, we struggle to visualize a quarter of the Angeles National Forest burned to the ground. What does that look like, 160,000 blackened acres? It looks like forever.
September 4, 2009 Film Inspires Students to Connect With U.S. Parks With heavy packs and tired feet, Lucas Suina and Ramon Baros hiked miles through the backcountry's scrub and ponderosa pine. They started to wonder if they'd ever reach their destination.
Bandelier National Monument
August 28, 2009 Hymn to the Parks Dayton Duncan sees the national parks as the “Declaration of Independence applied to the landscape.” Now he and Ken Burns have made an epic movie about them.
August 28, 2009 BACKPACKER Interview: Ken Burns Famed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns talks about the people, places, and lasting importance of his latest project, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”
August 11, 2009 Ken Burns' 'National Parks' a surprise Ken Burns knows what he's up against. And this time it may be more than what he's used to. For starters, he's got a new 12-hour documentary that PBS will premiere against the crush of the fall-season series offered up by the networks. (He's beat the odds before, so why not?) And then there's the subject matter of his latest: The national park system.
August 11, 2009 Ken Burns promotes park series at Acadia Ken Burns is the rock star of public television. Almost everywhere the documentary filmmaker went on Wednesday, people stopped to shake his hand and have their picture taken with him.
Acadia National Park
August 11, 2009 Ken Burns focuses on Everglades in new film about national parks Nature photographer Clyde Butcher of Ochopee has often been called the Ansel Adams of the Everglades, noted for his stirring black and white compositions of the massive South Florida wetlands.
Everglades National Park
August 4, 2009 PBS plans: Ken Burns visits the national parks Better make those park reservations now. Ken Burns' "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a six-part, 12-hour documentary celebrating the virtues of the country's nearly 400 federally protected spaces, sets up camp on PBS on Sept. 27 and stays through Oct. 2.
August 4, 2009 Ken Burns' National Park Tour Ken Burns appeared at the TV critics' press tour in Pasadena to take questions about his new 12-hour documentary, The National Parks, debuting Sept. 27.
August 4, 2009 Jonathan Storm: Another star may emerge from the Ken Burns oeuvre Ken Burns' mega-docs have spawned a star or two. Shelby Foote rose from obscurity after his bravura performance on The Civil War. Buck O'Neil, a pretty darn good baseball player in the Negro Leagues and the first African American major-league coach, found the greatest stardom of his life after being a major voice on Baseball.
August 4, 2009 Burns' new PBS film reawakened childhood memory Ken Burns says working on a documentary about America's national parks reawakened a long-forgotten memory about a painful time in his childhood.
August 4, 2009 Ken Burns defends national park series Ken Burns' latest PBS opus -- this one clocking in at 12 hours -- arrives this fall with "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (Sept. 27-Oct. 2, WQED), a history of the national park system that begins in 1851 and ends in 1980.
August 3, 2009 Meet Ranger Johnson, Ken Burns' new documentary star Ken Burns' films often shine the light of fame on their participants — what Burns himself calls "The Shelby Foote Effect," named for the beloved historian of The Civil War. Odds are when Burns' latest PBS film, the 12-hour Ken Burns' The National Parks: America's Best Idea, premieres in September, the Foote Effect will transform Shelton Johnson, the Yosemite park ranger who is one of the show's most appealing talking heads.
July 30, 2009 The National Parks: America's best idea' Your summer visit to Yellowstone or Yosemite - or even to San Antonio Missions or Ellis Island - may not feel like the culmination of a historic struggle, or exercising your democratic rights. But "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a 12-hour documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, might change all that.
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