Those of you who read my pieces, are aware that I'm a huge Burns fan. Be it DVD or Blu-ray, I have every one of the documentaries produced by Florentine over the past 80 or so years. Their latest, The Dust Bowl, lives up to their high standards. A perfect blend of stock footage, with newly captured interviews, there is a lesson here. About man and our relationship to the land. Abuse it at one's peril. I've been aware of the Dust Bowl disaster, more through still photographs of the era, than by any real research. This is one of the reasons that I can't wait to dig into this Blu-ray set. While the liner notes tell us that it was a "man-made ecological disaster," I need to find the four hours necessary to view the entire four hour program, and I'm thinking it will be the moment that I finish this piece into the night, as I don't have the ability to allow a Burns film to go unseen. With the beautifully selected archive footage -- the footage here is generally of high quality -- this PBS presentation is something to appreciate and from which to learn. Can it happen again? Are the recent storms in the east attached to global warming? I've only been able to view about 20 minutes of this film to get a handle on quality, which is at or above that of earlier Florentine productions. My mind keeps going back to the classic image as photographed by Dorothea Lang, of a mother with her children. I'd post it, but don't wish to infringe IP rights. It can be easily found, and once you see it, there is no going back. I've noted previously, that there are fewer than 30 projects from Florentine. I recommend viewing each and every one of them. And they're all available on either DVD or Blu-ray. The Dust Bowl, which is the latest, along with The Central Park Five, is merely the tip of the Florentine iceberg. Please support PBS and the future work of Florentine by supporting The Dust Bowl. It's currently $25 on Amazon. Extremely Highly Recommended. RAH Update: I've now been able to view the two hours. This is a remarkable achievement, and just in time as the witnesses are all of a certain age. What I had never realized, was the immensity of the problem, and from whence it came. At times, the gigantic clouds of dust and dirt made their way actress the nation, through Chicago to the east coast. An extraordinary documentary achievement.