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Surviving The Dust Bowl (American Experience/WGBH)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episode: B



Did greed cause or exacerbate the catastrophic happenings in the 1920s in The Dust Bowl?  Science promised to make it inhabitable and profitable, but when the population was settled in, the Southern Plains had been far too tampered with by quick buck hacks.  When the rains stopped for whatever reason, giant dirt storms raged for a decade and many stayed behind out of ignorance or nowhere else to go.  Surviving The Dust Bowl tells their story.


The states in question include Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.  There may have still been serious drought troubles without all that rain, but could irrigation of some type helped if that was considered just in case?  Should the federal government done more to regulate and stop any abuses?  Could it happen again?  Well, without Global Warming, there are plenty of disasters to be had, but this show reminds us that natural disasters have always been with us and his is one of the most ignored because it happened to the poor.  Cheers to American Experience for such a good job.


The 1.33 X 1 image shows the NTSC analog origins of the program, with limited detail and color that has its limits, but the vintage footage is disturbing and disturbingly in tact.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo that holds up a bit better.  The only extra is DVD-ROM printable materials.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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