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The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Description

Simultaneously a biography of both historical and contemporary characters and a uniquely American idea, this 12-hour, six-part documentary, directed by Ken Burns and co-produced with writer Dayton Duncan, traces the evolution of national parks beginning in the mid-1800s and follows it over the next 150 years. It's narrated by actor Peter Coyote and features first-person historical accounts, read by actors including Tom Hanks, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow and Adam Arkin, of people who helped create the parks and save them from destruction.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Great Nature (1933-1945)

    The national parks provide a source for jobs and peace; the park idea expands to include new places and new ways of thinking. (120 minutes)

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  • The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)

    Biologist Adolph Murie believes predatory animals deserve to be protected; in 1995, wolves are re-established in Yellowstone National Park. (120 minutes)

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