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National Parks: America's Best Idea

The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

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Friday, Sep 6, 2013 - 8:00 PM    "The Last Refuge (1890-1915)" With widespread industrialization many Americans worry whether any pristine land will be left; poachers are rampant in the parks; and Congress neglects establishing authority or appropriations for the parks. This sparks a conservation movement by such organizations as the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the Boone and Crockett Club, led by Theodore Roosevelt. The movement and John Muir himself fail to stop San Francisco from building the Hetch Hetchy dam at Yosemite, breaking Muir's heart. Part 2 of 6 G
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More National Parks: America's Best Idea on PLUS (MT)
Friday, Sep 6, 2013 - 6:00 PM "The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 6, 2013 - 8:00 PM "The Last Refuge (1890-1915)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 6, 2013 - 10:30 PM "The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)" (PLUS)
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Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 - 12:30 AM "The Last Refuge (1890-1915)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 13, 2013 - 6:00 PM "The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 13, 2013 - 8:00 PM "Going Home (1920-1933)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 13, 2013 - 10:00 PM "The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)" (PLUS)
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Saturday, Sep 14, 2013 - 12:00 AM "Going Home (1920-1933)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 6:00 PM "Great Nature (1933-1945)" (PLUS)
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Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 8:00 PM "The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)" (PLUS)
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