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WETA Brings America’s Storyteller Ken Burns to Washington, D.C. for a Special Preview of "The Dust Bowl" & Discussion on Extreme Weather

WHAT: Members of the press are invited to a special WETA preview of The Dust Bowl, the latest documentary by Ken Burns. The evening includes a highlight screening and a discussion about the worst man-made ecological disaster in U.S. history and the parallels to contemporary weather events. Tickets are required for admission. Please RSVP to Craig Henderson in advance (703-998-2086 or


Panelists are filmmaker Ken Burns, Dust Bowl survivor Cal Crabill, National Geographic senior editor Peter Miller and CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod.  


Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.


The GeorgeWashingtonUniversity

Lisner Auditorium

730 21st Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20052



The Dust Bowl, a new two-part, four-hour documentary by Ken Burns, airs Sunday-Monday, November 18-19, 2012, 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET on WETA TV 26/WETA HD and PBS stations nationwide. The film chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.



WETA Television, serving viewers throughout the national capital area for more than 50 years, is home to four television channels — primary channel WETA TV 26, and WETA HD, WETA Kids and WETA UK. As the flagship PBS station in the nation’s capital, WETA Television celebrates the people and history of this region through programs such as WETA All Access, WETA Around Town and WETA Extras. The third-largest producing station for public television, WETA produces PBS NewsHour; Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal; history films by Ken Burns; and performance specials from the U.S. Capitol, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House. WETA headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia.

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