In conjunction with the airing of Ken Burns' new PBS documentary on the Dust Bowl, Dialogue reprises an interview Marcia Franklin conducted with author Tim Egan in 2008. Egan, a New York Times columnist, wrote a book about the dust storms of the 1930s entitled The Worst Hard Time, in which he interviewed survivors of the era. The book won the National Book Award in 2006. Egan is also featured in the Burns documentary.
In addition to discussing the research he conducted for his book, Egan and Franklin also talk about the changing demographics of the American West, a region he covers for the New York Times.