Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl

  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Release Date: 2012-11-18
  • Advisory Rating: TV-PG
  • Episodes: 4
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes HD Price: USD 10.99


Ken Burns and producer Dayton Duncan chronicle the Dust Bowl in all its complexities and profound human drama. It is both an oral history, using interviews of 30 survivors, and an historical accounting of what happened and why during the 1930s on the southern Plains, using first person accounts, narration, comments by historians, and restored photographs, footage and music from the period.


Title Time Price
1 Episode 1: The Great Plow Up 1:51:10 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
2 Episode 2: Reaping the Whirlwind 1:52:19 USD 6.99 Buy on iTunes
3 Uncovering "The Dust Bowl" 05:39 USD 1.99 Buy on iTunes
4 The Dust Bowl Legacy 05:17 Season Only Buy on iTunes



  • TEACHERS- buy this from another source besides iTunes

    By Kayla7511
    This review does not reflect the documentary, which is fantastic. It reflects the ridiculous restrictions Apple places on its content. I am a teacher and I purhased this to show to my history class. When I went to play it through my classroom’s projector (through a VGA cable and Apple-made adaptor), I got an error message saying “This movie can be played only on displays that support High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection.” After looking for solutions online, it looks like there is no way to get around this. So I will have to purchase this content for a SECOND time on Amazon (which plays no problem) in order to show it to my class. Thanks Apple, for punishing your customers who are buying content from you legally. This is the last time I will buy video content from you.
  • Try the 720p version for now...

    By jatoben
    I saw the same interlacing problems as metamer. Fortunately, the 720p version does not have the same interlacing artifacts. Hopefully the encoding will be corrected soon.
  • Bad H264 Encoding

    By metamer
    The content is great, but there is a serious issue with the video encoding : I downloaded the 1080p version, and on both my desktop mac, and on the 3rd generation AppleTV, the playback quality is terrible: motion is jerky (as if a 3/2 pulldown went wrong) and it appears to include a ton of interlaced video, that's poorly (or not) deinterlaced.
  • Great show about the worst of times

    By Åve Åna Aerda
    I have wanted to know more about this era my whole life. It always seemed as though it was referred to and then passed over, except in the few histories written about it. But the dust bowl era and the depression never received the attention the First and Second World War or even the prohibition era did when I was growing up. Even though my parents had lived through it as young people in the south they never talked about it much either, but it was a time that had obviously changed everyone who witnessed it. This is that story I have been wanting to hear, mostly from the people who were there, and I really will treasure having this on my iTunes. The photography of that era is great on a big screen television in hi-def as well, though it looks as though some of the footage has been digitized from videotape because the original filmed footage the video was made from was lost. An excellent job. If Ken Burns is an industry unto himself, rightly so, for things like this.
  • History we learn from

    By Alexco360
    Great documentary. Ken Burns & Co. Treats us to a great story telling 4 hour event. Directly from those people impacted by the Dustbowl…. Hardly a Rehash! Hardly a repeat, instead a one of a kind Masterpiece..