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July 23, 2009 An interview with documemtary filmmaker Ken Burns about his PBS TV series Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has brought to the screen, with his hallmark storytelling style, a six-part series about the history of the National Parks. It’s not just about the magnificent places we hold as hallowed, but a brilliantly told tale of the people—young, old, famous, until now unknown, rich and poor—that spent their lives creating and protecting these national treasures for all future generations.
July 16, 2009 Interview with Denali Park Ranger Jay Elhardt KUAC, the Alaskan NPR affiliate, featured an interview with Denali Park Ranger Jay Elhardt during Morning Edition’s local segment.
Denali National Park and Preserve
July 15, 2009 My favourite US national park is ... It would be a crime to close any of America's parks. We asked experts for the best ways to enjoy the epic landscapes of 10 national parks.
July 11, 2009 Michelle's Next Mission You would not know, just as egg-yolk-colored glacier lilies are pushing through ground newly unburdened of its snow, that there is so much trouble around these lands that form America’s Best Idea.
July 3, 2009 Lady Liberty's reopening is a triumph of the American idea The Daily News' admirable and now successful effort to urge our government to reopen the crown of the Statue of Liberty, closed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, prompted in me a flood of memory and emotion and genuine patriotic feelings. I had, 25 years ago, the great privilege of working on a documentary film history of the building of the statue and its enduring legacy as both a symbol and beacon to freedom-loving people around the world.
July 1, 2009 Burns gives preview of National Parks documentary Renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and co-producer Dayton Duncan hosted a special preview of their new documentary series, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" at the Opera House Wednesday night.
July 1, 2009 National parks take spotlight in latest series by Ken Burns Historian and writer Wallace Stegner once called America’s national parks “the best idea we’ve ever had.” A sweeping statement, to be sure, but one Ken Burns is prepared to defend. The Walpole resident and noted filmmaker calls this country’s national parks “the Declaration of Independence applied to the landscape.”
June 27, 2009 Exploring the history of America's national parks The depths of the Grand Canyon. The graceful sandstone arches of southern Utah. The grizzly bears of Glacier National Park. Half Dome towering over the Yosemite valley. The rolling blue hills of the Shenandoah. The haunted swamps of the Everglades. The bubbling pots and steamy geysers of Yellowstone.
June 24, 2009 How one man's quest to visit every national park sparked Ken Burns's latest documentary "This is it, Dad. The big five-eight," my son, Will, said as we came to the long-anticipated sign. We held up our fingers for a celebratory photograph. The last item on a to-do list could finally be checked off.
June 19, 2009 Hopewell Furnace in Union Township to screen short films on national parks Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is giving visitors this weekend a chance to get a sneak peek at five short documentary films associated with an upcoming PBS special by filmmaker Ken Burns on the national park system.
June 4, 2009 Burns' national parks film debuts in Asheville Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the rest of the nation's national parks are a uniquely American invention that brings democracy to the landscape, according to the writer and producer of a new Ken Burns film series.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
June 3, 2009 Sneak peek starts celebration Finally, June. Lovers of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have long had June circled on their calendars, anxiously awaiting events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the park. On Saturday, June 13, Cades Cove will come alive with the sound of music when the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander on piano, performs a 3 p.m. concert.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
June 3, 2009 Public TV series on national parks a terrific service The story of our national parks is a story of nature’s magnificence, of towering mountains and deep canyons and pounding seashores, a testament to the ability of air and water and tectonics to mold the landscape and of plants and animals to further adapt it to their needs.
June 2, 2009 Filmmaker Burns has a story, or two, to tell Driving across the heartland, Ken Burns spotted a giant, polluting pickup truck with the bumper sticker: Rednecks for Obama. "I said, we have arrived." Burns hears America singing. He is a veritable Fourth of July parade humming in tribute to the philosophy of Thoreau, the idealism of Thomas Jefferson and the eye of Ansel Adams. The baby-faced filmmaker is a big brass band noodling the theme of democracy.
June 2, 2009 Peeking at PBS's park view Monday night's first peek of an upcoming documentary - "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" - offered a tantalizing preview of coming attractions when the 12-hour series airs on PBS beginning Sept. 27.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
May 27, 2009 Alaska's parks illuminated Award winning filmmaker Ken Burns—of The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball fame—worked with a new muse over the last six years or so: America’s national parks. The result, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which will begin airing on PBS in late September, is a six-part series that examines the history of our national parks and the mostly unknown individuals that fought for the national parks system.
May 26, 2009 Park documentary preview is offered Those interested are invited to see a sneak preview, on June 1, of a much-anticipated documentary by Ken Burns about the national park system, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
May 8, 2009 A walk with John Muir Who better with whom to tour Yosemite, one of America’s greatest National Parks, than the man himself John Muir. As if transported back in time here’s a rare opportunity to get his impressions on what Yosemite means today.
May 7, 2009 Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan Named Honorary Park Rangers Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns can now add “honorary park ranger” to a resume that already includes two Academy Award nominations, seven Emmy Awards, and 20 honorary degrees.
April 30, 2009 Visitors to Nation’s Parks Need to Represent the New America On Earth Day last week, filmmaker Ken Burns launched a six-month national outreach campaign here at Fort Mason to welcome a more diverse visitor population to America’s national parks. Burns said he hopes his recent film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” will help attract new communities into the country’s parks.
April 29, 2009 Iowan's film puts spotlight on national parks Dayton Duncan was in grade school, in 1959, when his family set out for the classic road trip out west. They borrowed grandma's rickety old car, packed a few bags and headed for the Badlands, Devils Tower and the site of Custer's Last Stand. Johnston, IA
Iowa Public Television
April 24, 2009 Burns' Yosemite Documentary Yosemite National Park plays a starring role in a new documentary by one of the most acclaimed filmmakers in the world.
Yosemite National Park
April 22, 2009 National parks get stimulus relief Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the National Park Service is getting $750 million in stimulus money for improvements, creating 20,000 jobs. The news came as filmmaker Ken Burns previewed his latest work Tuesday at the Presidio.
April 21, 2009 Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns puts focus on United States national parks Ken Burns, who has told the uniquely American stories of baseball, the Civil War, jazz and World War II in television documentaries, has turned his focus on the national parks and will come to the Chamizal National Memorial to promote them to local Hispanics.
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