National Parks

August 29, 2010
(was 09.27.2009)

Filmmaker Ken Burns calls the national parks "America's best idea." We'll take you to Yosemite,Denali and Carlsbad Caverns. We'll also explore some forgotten parts of our history: how the "buffalo soldiers" helped create America's first parks, and why the very idea of protecting nature has often pitted environmentalists against indigenous people.

  1. William Cronon on National Parks

    Did you know national parks intended for the masses are a 19th century invention and a distinctly American one?

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  2. James Mills on African Americans and national parks

    James Mills looks into why so few African-Americans visit the national Parks today.

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  3. Mark Dowie on "Conservation Refugees"

    Mark Dowie tells Steve Paulson about a recent confrontation between a Masai leader and several thousand environmentalists gathered for a conference.

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  4. Richard Nelson on "Encounters"

    Richard Nelson hikes through the Alaskan wilderness recording sounds you can't hear anywhere else, and he plays excerpts during this conversation with Anne Strainchamps.

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  5. Nevada Barr on Writing about National Parks

    Nevada Barr has written 15 mystery novels featuring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon.

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