Dayton Duncan on the History of The National Parks: America's Best Idea
One of the best shows we've done. Dayton is incredible
On this episode, Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham talk with writer and filmmaker Dayton Duncan, best known for his 30-year collaborations with documentary maker Ken Burns. Dayton discussed his film The National Parks: America's Best Idea, which is currently being rebroadcast on PBS. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales – from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - the film is nonetheless a story of people: people from every conceivable background – rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.