The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 13, 2012

Burns turns his talents to Dust Bowl days of 1930s

Enid News and Eagle

AMARILLO, Texas — The maker of blockbuster documentaries “The Civil War” and “Baseball” has turned his attention to the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

Ken Burns has said he and his producers interviewed 26 survivors in Texas and Oklahoma for “The Dust Bowl,” which will air in two parts in November on PBS stations.

Burns, who will visit the two states this weekend to promote the documentary, told the newspaper that watching a survivor of the dust bowl weep over the death of a family member decades ago made him realize that history still strongly affects the living.

He said he hopes the film will bring a face and facts to stories people have grown up only hearing.

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