Ken Burns' 'Dust Bowl' shows how irresponsible innovation almost destroyed the country

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During the 1930s, the Great Plains of the United States underwent a quick transformation to create a vast farmland to help feed the country. Despite the efficiency of the new methods used, poor planning turned the prairies into a wasteland, with Mother Nature leading the revolt against the land's inhabitants with an arsenal of massive dust storms and severe drought. Legendary filmmaker and storyteller Ken Burns has teamed up with PBS to deliver Dust Bowl, a documentary showcasing the events that took place during the dreadful era, while also providing an example of what can happen if we aren't smart about how we pull precious resources from our planet. Take a look at the trailer for Dust Bowl below and catch the two-part miniseries when it airs on November 18th.

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