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 →
Honored to Serve, a WETA TV 26 broadcast and community engagement initiative, spotlights those who serve in America's military and their families at home, and seeks to foster a deeper appreciation of the U.S. military and its history.Learn more →
Historian Garrett Peck discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital. D.C.'s beer heritage dates back to 1770 and claims some very innovative brewers.Watch now →
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