This two-part, four hour documentary film series from Ken Burns tells the story of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. The frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation.
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The Dust Bowl ravaged the great plains but its effects could be felt throughout the country. Read our account of a 1935 Dust Storm that reached Washington, D.C. and inspired Congress to take action.Learn more →
This December WETA is getting into the holiday spirit with special broadcasts on WETA Television.See our holiday specials →
Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital.Watch video →
WETA Channel 26 hit the Washington airwaves on October 2, 1961, when station manager George Baker introduced viewers to WETA's inaugural broadcast, The New Era.Watch first broadcast →