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PBS documentary 'The Dust Bowl' debuts Nov. 18 and 19

Two-part, four-hour documentary “The Dust Bowl” by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns makes its debut at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 on PBS.
From Staff Reports Published: November 18, 2012
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/articleid/3729128/1/pictures/1885570">Photo - A dust storm is shown in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1935. 

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A dust storm is shown in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1935. AP PHOTO Associated Press "Wirephoto"

The hub of the disaster was Boise City in Cimarron County, the westernmost county in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Neighboring areas — the Texas Panhandle, southwestern Kansas, southeastern Colorado and northeastern New Mexico — also were among the hardest hit.

The massive dust storms peaked on April 14, 1935, a day that became known as Black Sunday. Towering columns of dust choked out the daylight, reducing visibility to a few feet in areas throughout the Dust Bowl.

“The Dust Bowl” features interviews with 26 survivors, the observations of two women who left behind written accounts, seldom-seen movie footage, previously unpublished photographs and music by Woody Guthrie.

“Unlike any other story that we've told,” Burns said, “this is almost completely a bottom-up story, told by the folks who experienced it, their own memories. That's what makes this particularly special for us.”

Staff writer Ken Raymond contributed to this story.

nDepth: Surviving the Dust Bowl

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