Monday, March 11, 8 p.m.

Go behind the scenes of one of Ken Burns' most beautiful and beloved series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. This new special features filmmakers Burns and Dayton Duncan as they vividly reveal behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the series, and it features engaging interviews with Park Ranger Shelton Johnson and cinematographer Buddy Squires. The special also examines the unforgettable Americans who made our national parks possible. People from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs — devoted themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in so doing reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

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