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Kingston Trio
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Kingston TrioCOMBO, 3 CDS + DVD

  • DVD, THE KINGSTON TRIO CELEBRATION
  • CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO CELEBRATION
  • CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO: THE CAPITOL COLLECTOR'S SERIES
  • CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO: FROM THE HUNGRY I
$144

DVD/CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO CELEBRATION
In June 2015, the current incarnation of The Kingston Trio -- Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty -- joined retired founding member Bob Shane in the shadow of the historic Capitol Records building where Bob, Nick and Dave first recorded together, to perform a once-in-alifetime celebration of the group and its legacy. The once and current Trio members were joined by musical contemporaries and artists influenced by the Trio’s groundbreaking sound and legends in their own right --Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Trini Lopez, Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels, and The Limeliters, along with Josh Reynolds, son of the late founding Trio member Nick Reynolds. The resulting concert captures the gamut of emotions sparked by musical memories of not only the Trio’s greatest hits, but those of their friends and chart mates of the times… Al Jardine leads the Trio on “Sloop John B,” and is later joined by Timothy B. Schmit for the gorgeous “Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)” first made a hit by Harry Belafonte. Trini Lopez wows the crowd with his version of Ritchie Valens’ Spanish language classic “La Bamba.” Of course, the set list runs through the Grammy-winning group’s biggest songs, including the great folk classics “Raspberries, Strawberries;” “Zombie Jamboree;” “The Reverend Mr. Black;” and “Worried Man” – and fittingly, Bob Shane takes center stage for the second only to “Tom Dooley” in Kingston Trio lore, “Scotch and Soda.” Josh Reynolds steps in for his father on the Trio’s hit “Charlie on the MTA.” And there isn’t an audience member unmoved by the sweet sounds of the whole group singing Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Performances of these songs and more celebrate the collective musical memories of a generation, and preserve the timeless tunes for years to come.

Performance List
Tijuana Jail- Current Kingston Trio
Chilly Winds- Kingston Trio
Lonesome Traveler- Limelighters
Long Black Veil- Kingston Trio
Reverend Mr. Black- Kingston Trio
Sloop John B- Al Jardine and Kingston Trio
Raspberries, Blueberries- Kingston Trio
Ginny Glen- Kingston Trio
Greenback Dollar- Barry McGuirre
La Bamba- Trini Lopez
Scarlett Ribbon- Kingston Trio, Al Jardine, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Shane
Ruben James- Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley- Kingston Trio, Bob Shane
Scotch and Soda- Bob Shane
Charlie on the MTA- Kingston Trio, Josh Reynolds
Where Have all the Flowers Gone- Kingston Trio, Barry McGuirre Sana Christian, Limelight's, Trini Lopez Josh Reynolds
Worried Man- Kingston Trio

Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes

CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO: THE CAPITOL COLLECTOR'S SERIES
Capitol Collectors Series is a compilation of the American folk music group The Kingston Trio's recordings from their time with the Capitol Records label. It contains songs from both the Dave Guard and John Stewart trios. All the songs included were released as singles by the group with two ("The Tijuana Jail", Coo Coo U") having never appeared on any of their principal recordings.

Track List
1. "Scarlet Ribbons" (Evelyn Danzig, Jack Segal) - 2:19
2. "Tom Dooley" (Alan Lomax, Frank Warner) – 3:05
3. "Raspberries, Strawberries" (Will Holt) – 2:07
4. "The Tijuana Jail" (Denny Thompson) - 2:50
5. "M.T.A." (Bess Lomax Hawes, Jacqueline Steiner) - 3:16
6. "A Worried Man" (Traditional, Tom Glazer, Dave Guard) - 3:27
7. "Coo Coo-U" (Bill Loughborough, David Wheat) - 2:19
8. "El Matador" (Jane Bowers, Irving Burgess) - 2:27
9. "Bad Man Blunder" (Lee Hays, Cisco Houston) - 2:39
10. "Everglades" (Harlan Howard) - 2:21
11. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (Pete Seeger, Joe Hickerson) - 3:04
12. "Scotch and Soda" (Dave Guard) – 2:34
13. "Jane, Jane, Jane" (Stan Wilson) – 2:53
14. "One More Town" (John Stewart) – 2:59
15. "Greenback Dollar" (Hoyt Axton, Kennard Ramsey) - 2:51
16. "Reverend Mr. Black" (Leiber, Stoller, Billy Edd Wheeler) - 3:16
17. "Desert Pete" (Billy Edd Wheeler) - 2:49
18. "Ally Ally Oxen Free" (Rod McKuen, Sammy Yates) - 2:06
19. "Patriot Game" (Dominic Behan) – 2:53
20. "Seasons in the Sun" (Rod McKuen, Jacques Brel) – 2:53

Running Time: 53:28

 

CD, THE KINGSTON TRIO: FROM THE HUNGRY I
The Kingston Trio's first live album, released in 1959. It was recorded in 1958 at the San Francisco club hungry i shortly after the release of their debut album The Kingston Trio. It was awarded an RIAA gold album on October 24, 1960, and presented to the group in 1961.

Track List
1. Three Jolly Coachmen 1 min 45 sec
2. Bay Of Mexico 2 min 50 sec
3. Banua 1 min 35 sec
4. Tom Dooley 3 min 1 sec
5. Fast Freight 3 min 46 sec
6. Hard, Ain't It Hard 2 min 22 sec
7. Saro Jane 2 min 22 sec
8. (The Wreck Of The) "John B" 3 min 29 sec
9. Santy Anno 2 min 15 sec
10. Scotch And Soda 2 min 31 sec
11. Coplas 2 min 36 sec
12. Little Maggie 1 min 44 sec
13. Tic, Tic, Tic 2 min 12 sec
14. Gue Gue 2 min 52 sec
15. Dorie 2 min 59 sec
16. South Coast 4 min 28 sec
17. Zombie Jamboree 3 min 15 sec
18. Wimoweh (Mbube) 2 min 46 sec
19. New York Girls 2 min 36 sec
20. They Call The Wind Maria 2 min 26 sec
21. Merry Little Minuet 2 min 26 sec
22. Shady Grove/Lonesome Traveler (Medley) 3 min 31 sec
23. When The Saints Go Marching In 3 min 43 sec

Running Time: 60:03

 

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Kingston TrioDVD, THE KINGSTON TRIO CELEBRATION

$96

In June 2015, the current incarnation of The Kingston Trio -- Bill Zorn, George Grove and Rick Dougherty -- joined retired founding member Bob Shane in the shadow of the historic Capitol Records building where Bob, Nick and Dave first recorded together, to perform a once-in-alifetime celebration of the group and its legacy. The once and current Trio members were joined by musical contemporaries and artists influenced by the Trio’s groundbreaking sound and legends in their own right --Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles, Al Jardine of The Beach Boys, Trini Lopez, Barry McGuire of the New Christy Minstrels, and The Limeliters, along with Josh Reynolds, son of the late founding Trio member Nick Reynolds. The resulting concert captures the gamut of emotions sparked by musical memories of not only the Trio’s greatest hits, but those of their friends and chart mates of the times… Al Jardine leads the Trio on “Sloop John B,” and is later joined by Timothy B. Schmit for the gorgeous “Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)” first made a hit by Harry Belafonte. Trini Lopez wows the crowd with his version of Ritchie Valens’ Spanish language classic “La Bamba.” Of course, the set list runs through the Grammy-winning group’s biggest songs, including the great folk classics “Raspberries, Strawberries;” “Zombie Jamboree;” “The Reverend Mr. Black;” and “Worried Man” – and fittingly, Bob Shane takes center stage for the second only to “Tom Dooley” in Kingston Trio lore, “Scotch and Soda.” Josh Reynolds steps in for his father on the Trio’s hit “Charlie on the MTA.” And there isn’t an audience member unmoved by the sweet sounds of the whole group singing Pete Seeger’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.” Performances of these songs and more celebrate the collective musical memories of a generation, and preserve the timeless tunes for years to come.

Performance List
Tijuana Jail- Current Kingston Trio
Chilly Winds- Kingston Trio
Lonesome Traveler- Limelighters
Long Black Veil- Kingston Trio
Reverend Mr. Black- Kingston Trio
Sloop John B- Al Jardine and Kingston Trio
Raspberries, Blueberries- Kingston Trio
Ginny Glen- Kingston Trio
Greenback Dollar- Barry McGuirre
La Bamba- Trini Lopez
Scarlett Ribbon- Kingston Trio, Al Jardine, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Shane
Ruben James- Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley- Kingston Trio, Bob Shane
Scotch and Soda- Bob Shane
Charlie on the MTA- Kingston Trio, Josh Reynolds
Where Have all the Flowers Gone- Kingston Trio, Barry McGuirre Sana Christian, Limelight's, Trini Lopez Josh Reynolds
Worried Man- Kingston Trio

Running Time: Approximately 70 minutes

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Kingston TrioCD, THE KINGSTON TRIO CELEBRATION

$72

A live companion CD of the music featured in the show. Relive old favorites like Greenback Dollar, Scotch and Soda, Tom Dooley, plus much more!

Track List (final tracklisting is TBA)
Tijuana Jail- Current Kingston Trio
Chilly Winds- Kingston Trio
Lonesome Traveler- Limelighters
Long Black Veil- Kingston Trio
Reverend Mr. Black- Kingston Trio
Sloop John B- Al Jardine and Kingston Trio
Raspberries, Blueberries- Kingston Trio
Ginny Glen- Kingston Trio
Greenback Dollar- Barry McGuirre
La Bamba- Trini Lopez
Scarlett Ribbon- Kingston Trio, Al Jardine, Timothy B. Schmit, Bob Shane
Ruben James- Kingston Trio
Tom Dooley- Kingston Trio, Bob Shane
Scotch and Soda- Bob Shane
Charlie on the MTA- Kingston Trio, Josh Reynolds
Where Have all the Flowers Gone- Kingston Trio, Barry McGuirre Sana Christian, Limelight's, Trini Lopez Josh Reynolds
Worried Man- Kingston Trio

Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes

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Stronger Bones, Longer Life
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Stronger Bones, Longer LifeCOMBO, "BONE-ANZA" COLLECTION

$180

DVD,Stronger Bones Longer Life
Healthy bones hold the key to remaining mobile, engaged and independent in life. In this special, Dr. Lani Simpson, an expert in bone health and osteoporosis, instills hope and leads viewers in understanding how to take charge of their bone health and retain their independence. Dr. Simpson draws on her wealth of knowledge and lifelong enthusiasm for bone research to illustrate how our bones grow and function; in straightforward talk, she describes what osteoporosis is and the tests to determine if we have it; she offers valuable insights on the best diet and nutritional choices for our bones, and demonstrates simple exercises that promote bone health. She also shares compelling information on how to avoid dangerous — and often life threatening — fractures. With passion and clarity, Dr. Simpson reveals how the lifestyle choices we make throughout our lives can have a direct impact on the health of our bones, and what viewers can do now — for themselves and their children — to help prevent osteoporosis and build and maintain bone quality at any age, and any level of bone health. Running Time: Approx. 60 minuteswith 20 minutes of bonus Q&A

DVD,The Healthy Bone Collection
A DVD with four individual programs created exclusively for PBS by Dr. Simpson. Each program focuses on a topic area of importance to bone health, to deepen and enrich the information presented in the pledge program. (Four programs total nearly 2 hours running time.)

PROGRAM 1: “The Right Moves: Exercises for Stronger Bones”
Dr. Simpson demonstrates exercises designed to improve balance, maintain healthy posture, and strengthen bones. She begins with exercises that can be done at home, and then moves to what she calls her “outdoor gym” - showing exercises that can be done in a park or any outdoor area. Viewers learn the proper body mechanics and exercise tools to reduce injury and fracture, and safely build stronger muscles and bones. (34:30)

PROGRAM 2: “Fracture-Proof Your Surroundings”
Dr. Simpson shows how to “fracture-proof” your home and the area outside your home. She points out key hazards and shares easy-to-implement solutions. For the outdoors, she offers critical safety tips about your home’s entrances, walkways and outside stairs. And for areas beyond the home, she demonstrates the use of proper shoes and how to build curb/street/path awareness. (20:00)

PROGRAM 3: “Feeding your Bones”
Building stronger bones is not only smart — it’s delicious! Dr. Simpson invites Holistic Bone Health Coach, Irma Jennings, into the kitchen to cook up satisfying, easy-to-make dishes that feed our bones. Four great tasting recipes are cooked up, and the bone-healthy nutrients in each of them are described. (31:00)

PROGRAM 4: “Minding your Bones”
An insightful and powerful conversation between Dr. Simpson and her friend Patricia Ellsberg – an active 78-year-old mindfulness expert and meditation teacher. Both of them have osteoporosis, and have a rich, deep discussion on how being mindful and aware can greatly reduce the chances of having a fracture – prepping the mind to safeguard the body. They also discuss their personal journeys to feeling physically confident again. In addition, Dr. Simpson shares a few preventable fracture stories from her personal survey of over 100 patients. (25:30) Running Time:approx. 2 hours

Paperback Book, Dr. Lani’s No Nonsense Bone Health Guide
Exclusivity Term: NOT exclusive to PBS stations

A comprehensive “go to” source on the subject of osteoporosis and bone health. In-depth chapters on understanding osteoporosis; how your bones grow; how to avoid fractures; rating your personal fracture risk; bone density testing, including an appendix on how to read and understand your own test results; osteoporosis medications; nutrition and exercises for bone health, and more! All of these topics are written with clarity and the purpose of making the information easily accessible and understandable to the reader.

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Hunter House; 1 edition (August 12, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0897936612
ISBN-13: 978-0897936613
Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Workbook, Your Personal Guide for Better Bones
An easy-to-carry 50-page book consolidating useful information, checklists, and personal questionnaires that will help you keep your bones healthy. A companion tool to the 4-program DVD, “Keeping Your Bones Healthy!” includes:

-Simple Steps to Avoid Fractures
• A home safety checklist
• Tips on preventing falls and fractures with mindfulness
-Bone-Strengthening Exercises
• Easy-to-follow print versions of bone-strengthening exercises from “The Right Moves” DVD program
• Easy-to-follow print versions of balance exercises
-Bone-Healthy Recipes (featured in the DVD program “Feeding Your Bones”)
-Additional Bone-Healthy Recipes (from Dr. Simpson and Irma Jennings)
-Bone Health Tools
• Checklist for secondary causes of osteoporosis and increased fractxure risk
• Questionnaire to help you assess your own bone health

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Stronger Bones, Longer LifeDVD, STRONGER BONES, LONGER LIFE

$72

Healthy bones hold the key to remaining mobile, engaged and independent in life. In this special, Dr. Lani Simpson, an expert in bone health and osteoporosis, instills hope and leads viewers in understanding how to take charge of their bone health and retain their independence. Dr. Simpson draws on her wealth of knowledge and lifelong enthusiasm for bone research to illustrate how our bones grow and function; in straightforward talk, she describes what osteoporosis is and the tests to determine if we have it; she offers valuable insights on the best diet and nutritional choices for our bones, and demonstrates simple exercises that promote bone health. She also shares compelling information on how to avoid dangerous — and often life threatening — fractures. With passion and clarity, Dr. Simpson reveals how the lifestyle choices we make throughout our lives can have a direct impact on the health of our bones, and what viewers can do now — for themselves and their children — to help prevent osteoporosis and build and maintain bone quality at any age, and any level of bone health. Running Time: Approx. 60 minuteswith 20 minutes of bonus Q&A

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Eyes on the Prize
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Eyes on the PrizeCOMBO, 3-DVD SET + 2 BOOKS

  • 3-DVD set, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 Season 1
  • BOOK, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (25th Anniv.) by Juan Williams
  • BOOK, Voices of Freedom by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer
$192

3-DVD SET, EYES ON THE PRIZE
The Emmy Award-winning landmark civil rights series, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, produced by Blackside, tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (Season 1) covers all major events in the civil rights movement from 1954-1965. Note that this only includes season 1 of the original PBS series.

Episodes include...
Disc 1
Awakenings (1954-1956)
Emmett Till…Rosa Parks…Martin Luther King, Jr. Rare reflections open the door to understanding America's struggle for equality. Curtis Jones (Emmett Till's cousin), Coretta Scott King, and other key witnesses describe the extraordinary role ordinary people played in shaping the civil rights movement. Mose Wright stands up to racial injustice. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. spark a boycott to desegregate city buses. King and other ministers form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to expand the movement for civil and human rights.

Fighting Back (1957-1962)
Little Rock…"Ole Miss"…the 1954 Supreme Court Decision. Unforgettable images of the battle lines drawn in the South come to life through the eyes of those who were on the frontlines-Central High School senior Ernest Green, University of Mississippi registrar Robert Ellis, U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell. See states' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the struggle to integrate Central High School. James Meredith and NAACP lawyers face mob violence integrating the University of Mississippi.

Disc 2
Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
Sit-ins…SNCC…Freedom Rides. See young people unite to overcome segregation. Exclusive interviews with student activists, community leaders, and government officials reveal the remarkable human drama behind the lunch counter sit-ins, nationwide boycotts, and formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Black and white freedom riders, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), travel together at great risk to protest bus segregation and challenge the government to protect them from mobs. Strong black support aids in President Kennedy's election.

No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
Georgia…Alabama…the March on Washington. Discover the power of mass demonstrations with the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. as the most visible leader of the civil rights movement. Recollections of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SN CC) members help chronicle the anti-segregation campaign in Albany, GA…the violent reaction to the Children's March in Birmingham, AL…the triumphant March on Washington, D.C. …and President Kennedy's proposal of the Civil Rights Act.

Disc 3
Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)
Medgar Evers…Freedom Summer…the Civil Rights Act. Mississippi becomes a testing ground of constitutional principles as activists focus on the right to vote. Key participants recount the state's resistance to the movement and the equally strong determination of black and white organizers to bring blacks into the political process. NAACP leader Medgar Evers is assassinated and three civil rights workers are murdered. Amidst the horror, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed.

Bridge to Freedom (1965)
Selma…Montgomery…The Voting Rights Act. Eyewitness accounts by the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Stokley Carmichael, and George Wallace illuminate the events of 1965 focusing on a decade of lessons learned and the role of television in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize. TV images of troopers gassing demonstrators on a Selma bridge fill living rooms. Twenty-five thousand people march from Selma to Montgomery, helping to ensure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Winner of six Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

Running Time: Approx. 360 minutes on 3 Discs

BOOK, VOICES OF FREEDOM
In this monumental volume, Henry Hampton, creator and executive producer of the acclaimed PBS series Eyes on the Prize, and Steve Fayer, series writer, draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the civil rights movement told by the people who lived it.

Join brave and terrified youngsters walking through a jeering mob and up the steps of Central High School in Little Rock. Listen to the vivid voices of the ordinary people who manned the barricades, the laborers, the students, the housewives without whom there would have been no civil rights movements at all.

This remarkable oral history brings to life country's great struggle for civil rights as no conventional narrative can. You will hear the voices of those who defied the blackjacks, who went to jail, who witnessed and policed the movement; of those who stood for and against it—voices from the heart of America.

BOOK, EYES ON THE PRIZE: AMERICA'S CIVIL RIGHTS YEARS 1954-1965
The 25th-anniversary edition of Juan Williams’s celebrated account of the tumultuous early years of the civil rights movement

From the Montgomery bus boycott to the Little Rock Nine to the Selma–Montgomery march, thousands of ordinary people who participated in the American civil rights movement; their stories are told in Eyes on the Prize. From leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., to lesser-known figures such as Barbara Rose John and Jim Zwerg, each man and woman made the decision that somethinghad to be done to stop discrimination. These moving accounts and pictures of the first decade of the civil rights movement are a tribute to the people, black and white, who took part in the fight for justice and the struggle they endured.

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Eyes on the Prize3-DVD SET, EYES ON THE PRIZE: THEN AND NOW

$108

The Emmy Award-winning landmark civil rights series, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, produced by Blackside, tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965 (Season 1) covers all major events in the civil rights movement from 1954-1965. Note that this only includes season 1 of the original PBS series.

Episodes include...
Disc 1
Awakenings (1954-1956)
Emmett Till…Rosa Parks…Martin Luther King, Jr. Rare reflections open the door to understanding America's struggle for equality. Curtis Jones (Emmett Till's cousin), Coretta Scott King, and other key witnesses describe the extraordinary role ordinary people played in shaping the civil rights movement. Mose Wright stands up to racial injustice. Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. spark a boycott to desegregate city buses. King and other ministers form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to expand the movement for civil and human rights.

Fighting Back (1957-1962)
Little Rock…"Ole Miss"…the 1954 Supreme Court Decision. Unforgettable images of the battle lines drawn in the South come to life through the eyes of those who were on the frontlines-Central High School senior Ernest Green, University of Mississippi registrar Robert Ellis, U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell. See states' rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the struggle to integrate Central High School. James Meredith and NAACP lawyers face mob violence integrating the University of Mississippi.

Disc 2
Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)
Sit-ins…SNCC…Freedom Rides. See young people unite to overcome segregation. Exclusive interviews with student activists, community leaders, and government officials reveal the remarkable human drama behind the lunch counter sit-ins, nationwide boycotts, and formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Black and white freedom riders, organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), travel together at great risk to protest bus segregation and challenge the government to protect them from mobs. Strong black support aids in President Kennedy's election.

No Easy Walk (1961-1963)
Georgia…Alabama…the March on Washington. Discover the power of mass demonstrations with the emergence of Martin Luther King, Jr. as the most visible leader of the civil rights movement. Recollections of Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SN CC) members help chronicle the anti-segregation campaign in Albany, GA…the violent reaction to the Children's March in Birmingham, AL…the triumphant March on Washington, D.C. …and President Kennedy's proposal of the Civil Rights Act.

Disc 3
Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)
Medgar Evers…Freedom Summer…the Civil Rights Act. Mississippi becomes a testing ground of constitutional principles as activists focus on the right to vote. Key participants recount the state's resistance to the movement and the equally strong determination of black and white organizers to bring blacks into the political process. NAACP leader Medgar Evers is assassinated and three civil rights workers are murdered. Amidst the horror, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed.

Bridge to Freedom (1965)
Selma…Montgomery…The Voting Rights Act. Eyewitness accounts by the Rev. C.T. Vivian, Stokley Carmichael, and George Wallace illuminate the events of 1965 focusing on a decade of lessons learned and the role of television in the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize. TV images of troopers gassing demonstrators on a Selma bridge fill living rooms. Twenty-five thousand people march from Selma to Montgomery, helping to ensure the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Winner of six Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America.

Running Time: Approx. 360 minutes on 3 Discs

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Joan Baez
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Joan BaezCOMBO, 3-DVD SET + 2 BOOKS

  • DVD, GREAT PERFORMANCES: JOAN BAEZ 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
  • 2-CD SET, GREAT PERFORMANCES: JOAN BAEZ 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
$144

On January 27th, 2016, folk icon Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.

Track List (broken out over 2 CDs) ***Indicated bonus song not included in the original broadcast
1. God is God – Joan Baez
2. There But For Fortune – Joan Baez
3. Freight Train – Joan Baez and David Bromberg
4. Blackbird – Joan Baez and David Crosby
5. She Moved Through the Fair – Joan Baez and Damien Rice
6. Catch the Wind – Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter
7. Hard Times Come Again No More – Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris
8. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) – Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne***
9. Seven Curses – Joan Baez***
10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Joan Baez
11. Oh Freedom / Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – Joan Baez and Mavis Staples
12. The Water Is Wide – Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Joan Baez and Indigo Girls
14. House of the Rising Sun – Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, and David Bromberg***
15. She Never Could Resist A Winding Road – Joan Baez and Richard Thompson
16. Before The Deluge – Joan Baez and Jackson Browne
17. Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez and Judy Collins
18. Gracias a la Vida – Joan Baez and Nano Stern
19. The Boxer – Joan Baez and Paul Simon
20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez***
21. Forever Young – Joan Baez

Running Time: Approx. 100 minutes

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Joan BaezDVD, GREAT PERFORMANCES: JOAN BAEZ 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

$96

On January 27th, 2016, folk icon Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.

Performance List
1. God is God – Joan Baez
2. There But For Fortune – Joan Baez
3. Freight Train – Joan Baez and David Bromberg
4. Blackbird – Joan Baez and David Crosby
5. She Moved Through the Fair – Joan Baez and Damien Rice
6. Catch the Wind – Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter
7. Hard Times Come Again No More – Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris
8. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) – Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne***
9. Seven Curses – Joan Baez***
10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Joan Baez
11. Oh Freedom / Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – Joan Baez and Mavis Staples
12. The Water Is Wide – Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Joan Baez and Indigo Girls
14. House of the Rising Sun – Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, and David Bromberg***
15. She Never Could Resist A Winding Road – Joan Baez and Richard Thompson
16. Before The Deluge – Joan Baez and Jackson Browne
17. Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez and Judy Collins
18. Gracias a la Vida – Joan Baez and Nano Stern
19. The Boxer – Joan Baez and Paul Simon
20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez***
21. Forever Young – Joan Baez

***Indicated bonus performance not included in the original broadcast

Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes

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Joan Baez2-CD SET, GREAT PERFORMANCES: JOAN BAEZ 75TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

$72

On January 27th, 2016, folk icon Joan Baez celebrated her 75th birthday with a historic performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The special event honored her legendary 50-plus years in music in an intimate, career-spanning live performance. Baez performed alongside fellow artists and friends, including: David Bromberg, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, David Crosby, Indigo Girls, Emmylou Harris, Damien Rice, Paul Simon, Mavis Staples, Nano Stern and Richard Thompson.

Track List (broken out over 2 CDs) ***Indicated bonus song not included in the original broadcast
1. God is God – Joan Baez
2. There But For Fortune – Joan Baez
3. Freight Train – Joan Baez and David Bromberg
4. Blackbird – Joan Baez and David Crosby
5. She Moved Through the Fair – Joan Baez and Damien Rice
6. Catch the Wind – Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter
7. Hard Times Come Again No More – Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris
8. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) – Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, and Jackson Browne***
9. Seven Curses – Joan Baez***
10. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Joan Baez
11. Oh Freedom / Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around – Joan Baez and Mavis Staples
12. The Water Is Wide – Joan Baez, Indigo Girls, and Mary Chapin Carpenter
13. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Joan Baez and Indigo Girls
14. House of the Rising Sun – Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, and David Bromberg***
15. She Never Could Resist A Winding Road – Joan Baez and Richard Thompson
16. Before The Deluge – Joan Baez and Jackson Browne
17. Diamonds and Rust – Joan Baez and Judy Collins
18. Gracias a la Vida – Joan Baez and Nano Stern
19. The Boxer – Joan Baez and Paul Simon
20. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez***
21. Forever Young – Joan Baez

Running Time: Approx. 100 minutes

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Pledge Levels in Pre-Produced Breaks: $50 Passport To Your National Parks Guidebook / The National Parks Magnet / Letter from Ken Burns

$60 Soundtrack CD,

$150 Hardcover Book, The National Parks, America's Best Idea

$200 Choice of DVD

Blu-ray 6-disc set, The National Parks, America's Best Idea

Item: Package -- Passport To Your National Parks Guidebook / The National Parks Magnet / Letter from Ken Burns ►$50 ■ Passport Book This handy spiral-bound travelogue fits conveniently into a pocket or backpack for easy reference. The guidebook makes it easy to learn about and explore all of our national park sites. The Passport To Your National Parks includes maps color-coded for specific regions of the country, pre-visit information, illustrations and photographs. It also includes a fold-out "National Park System Map and Guide." Spaces in each region are designated for you to collect rubber stamp cancellations at each national park site you visit. The cancellations, similar to those received in an international passport, record the name of the park and the date you visited. The Passport To Your National Parks guidebook comes packaged in a bubble mailer with The National Parks: America's Best Idea magnet, and an exclusive-to-PBS letter from filmmaker Ken Burns (see text of letter below). • Softcover, spiral bound, 104 pages • Dimensions 3.75 x 6 x .75 inches; shipping weight 5.6 ounces • Published by Eastern National, July 2009 ■Magnet Series title (with "Fall 2009" and PBS logo) over location shot. Dimensions are 2-5/8 (wide) x 2-1/4 (tall) inches. ■Letter from Ken Burns ________________________________________ Dear Friend, I'm writing to thank you for supporting your local PBS station and to welcome you to the PBS family. Your membership ensures that PBS can continue its commitment to provide the best in television programming: children's, science and nature, public affairs, performance and art, and history. It's been my pleasure and privilege to work with PBS for the past 30 years. During that time we've partnered on 20 films, among them The Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, The War-our series on the Second World War-and, most recently, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Happily, PBS has always allowed me the freedom to tell these stories as they should be told - with all the depth, complexity, and pathos that any story worth telling deserves. In keeping with that, it's our hope that we'll continue to live up to your expectations. The national parks are a uniquely American idea-right up there with the Declaration of Independence-that land, great sections of our natural landscape, was set aside, not for kings or noblemen or the very rich, but for everyone, for us, for all time. Filmed at some of nature's most spectacular places, our film is nonetheless a story of people-the people who fought to create the parks, and the people who, like you and me, are charged with protecting them. I encourage you to explore and enjoy as many national parks as possible-and to bring along this Passport To Your National Parks when you do. But whether you choose to visit the parks in person or through our series, thank you for your support of PBS. Sincerely, Ken Burns ________________________________________ Item: Soundtrack CD, The National Parks: America's Best Idea ►$60 Description: This CD features the soundtrack to The National Parks. This film is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them. Track List: 1. Mallard Island Hymn -- Peter Ostroushko 2. The Blue River Waltz -- Jay Unger and Molly Mason 3. Sligo Creek -- Al Petteway 4. Land of Rest -- Bobby Horton 5. Shores of Orgygia -- Remix -- Bobby Horton 6. Horse Stealing Song -- Joseph Fire Crow 7. Late Summer Aire -- Jacqueline Schwab and Matt Glaser 8. (Twilight On) The Sangre de Cristos -- Peter Ostroushko 9. This Is My Father's World -- Bobby Horton 10. Riding the River -- Al Petteway and Amy White 11. In Nature's Hands -- Bobby Horton 12. Pretty Polly -- Bobby Horton 13. Crossing the Platte -- Dana Robinson 14. Dunlap's Creek -- Bobby Horton 15. Psalm of the Prairie -- Peter Ostroushko 16. Beside Brown Waters -- Bobby Horton 17. Peace at Last -- Will Duncan and Bobby Horton 18. Across the Ocean -- Will Duncan and Bobby Horton 19. Land of the Sky -- Al Petteway and Amy White 20. The Shores of Orgygia -- Will Duncan and Bobby Horton. Also Includes four stunning music videos viewable on your computer (CD-ROM). Item: Hardcover book, The National Parks: America's Best Idea ►$150 Description: This is the companion volume to The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the new twelve-hour PBS series from the acclaimed filmmaker behind The Civil War, Baseball, and The War. America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative and lavishly illustrated narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea, from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite and the creation of the world's first national park at Yellowstone in 1872, through the most recent additions to a system that now encompasses nearly four hundred sites and 84 million acres. The authors recount the adventures, mythmaking, and intense political battles behind the evolution of the park system, and the enduring ideals that fostered its growth. They capture the importance and splendors of the individual parks: from Haleakala in Hawaii to Acadia in Maine, from Denali in Alaska to the Everglades in Florida, from Glacier in Montana to Big Bend in Texas. And they introduce us to a diverse cast of compelling characters-both unsung heroes and famous figures such as John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and Ansel Adams-who have been transformed by these special places and committed themselves to saving them from destruction so that the rest of us could be transformed as well. The National Parks is a glorious celebration of an essential expression of American democracy. Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of The National Parks, is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker. His nine other books include, with Ken Burns, Horatio's Drive and Lewis & Clark. He has collaborated on all of Ken Burns's films for twenty years as a writer, producer, and consultant. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire. Ken Burns, director and producer of The National Parks, founded his own documentary company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His films include The War, Jazz, Baseball, and The Civil War, which was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television. His work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He received a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award in 2008. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire. • Hardcover, 432 pages • Published by Knopf, September 8, 2009 Item: DVD 6-Disc Set, The National Parks: America's Best Idea ►$200 Description: The National Parks is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them. This 6-episode series (12 hours total) is directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Episode titles: ¨ The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) ¨ The Last Refuge (1890-1915) ¨ The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) ¨ Going Home (1920-1933) ¨ Great Nature (1933-1945) ¨ The Morning of Creation (1946-1980) 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 National Parks: America's Best Idea 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. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz. The narrative traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction. It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and a biography of the American landscape. With 391 units (58 national parks, plus 333 national monuments and historic sites), the National Park Service has a presence in 49 of the 50 states (Delaware is the sole exception). Like the idea of freedom itself, the national park idea has been constantly tested, is constantly evolving and is inherently full of contradictory tensions: between individual rights and the community, the local and the national; between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between one generation's immediate desires and the next generation's legacy. As America expanded westward, pioneers would "discover" landscapes of such breathtaking and unusual beauty that written descriptions of the lands were sometimes assumed by people in the East to be works of fiction. Eventually, there emerged a belief that these special places should be kept untarnished by development and commerce so that they could be experienced by all people. Wallace Stegner called the national parks "the best idea we ever had," and no activity of the federal government engenders such universal support and public loyalty; yet the story of how these special places became preserved as parks, the role of individual citizens in creating them, and the powerful stories of people's emotional connection to them remain relatively unknown. Among the lengthy cast of characters profiled in the series are: • James Mason Hutchings, a magazine publisher who was one of the first people to promote Yosemite and who sought to develop a resort hotel on the land • John Muir, a deeply religious mountain prophet who found inspiration in Yosemite and then inspired generations of parks enthusiasts • George Masa, a Japanese immigrant whose photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee served in the fight to protect the region as a national park • Chiura Obata, another Japanese immigrant, whose highly-acclaimed paintings of Yosemite gave Americans a fresh perspective through which to see their beloved landmarks • Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who persuaded Congress that a swamp in southern Florida, the Everglades, should be set aside as a national park • George Melendez Wright, a park ranger from San Francisco who recognized the need to preserve the parks' wildlife in its natural state • Adolph Murie, a young biologist and protégé of Wright who was instrumental in reforming park policy so that wildlife - even predators - would have the same protections as the land itself • Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman who used his personal fortune and genius for promotion to create a National Park Service. These historical accounts are paralleled with contemporary stories of people who continue to be transformed and inspired by the parks today. They include: • Shelton Johnson, an African American who grew up in Detroit, where the national parks seemed distant, unreachable places until he later became a park ranger • Gerard Baker, a Native-American park superintendent whose tribe has long considered the land sacred • Tuan Luong, a Paris-born Vietnamese rock climber and photographer who fell in love with the parks and dedicated himself to photographing all 58 national parks with a large format camera • Juan Lujan, who grew up in west Texas during the Depression and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, with which he would help develop Big Bend National Park in Texas. Also included in the film are interviews with best-selling author Nevada Barr, a former park ranger; writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams; historians William Cronon, Paul Schullery and Alfred Runte; and many others. Nearly a decade in the making, The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a visual feast, featuring some of the most extensive, breathtaking images of the national parks system every captured on film. It contains the most contemporary footage of any Ken Burns film since Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, shot principally by chief cinematographer Buddy Squires (who has filmed all of Burns's documentaries), long-time Florentine cameraman Allen Moore, Lincoln Else (who also is a former ranger at Yosemite) and Burns himself. In addition to Peter Coyote's narration, The National Parks: America's Best Idea features first-person voices read by some of America's greatest actors. Tom Hanks reads the voices of several characters in the film, including Congressman John F. Lacey, who helped push a bill through Congress to protect Yellowstone's last wild buffalo herd. Other voices include Andy Garcia, Josh Lucas, Eli Wallach, Campbell Scott, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow, George Takei, Philip Bosco, Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin and Kevin Conway. Running Time: 720 minutes on 6 discs Item: DVD 6-Disc Set, The National Parks: America's Best Idea ►$200 Description: The National Parks is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them. This 6-episode series (12 hours total) is directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Episode titles: ¨ The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) ¨ The Last Refuge (1890-1915) ¨ The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919) ¨ Going Home (1920-1933) ¨ Great Nature (1933-1945) ¨ The Morning of Creation (1946-1980) 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 National Parks: America's Best Idea 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. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable. The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz. The narrative traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction. It is simultaneously a biography of compelling characters and a biography of the American landscape. With 391 units (58 national parks, plus 333 national monuments and historic sites), the National Park Service has a presence in 49 of the 50 states (Delaware is the sole exception). Like the idea of freedom itself, the national park idea has been constantly tested, is constantly evolving and is inherently full of contradictory tensions: between individual rights and the community, the local and the national; between preservation and exploitation, the sacred and the profitable; between one generation's immediate desires and the next generation's legacy. As America expanded westward, pioneers would "discover" landscapes of such breathtaking and unusual beauty that written descriptions of the lands were sometimes assumed by people in the East to be works of fiction. Eventually, there emerged a belief that these special places should be kept untarnished by development and commerce so that they could be experienced by all people. Wallace Stegner called the national parks "the best idea we ever had," and no activity of the federal government engenders such universal support and public loyalty; yet the story of how these special places became preserved as parks, the role of individual citizens in creating them, and the powerful stories of people's emotional connection to them remain relatively unknown. Among the lengthy cast of characters profiled in the series are: • James Mason Hutchings, a magazine publisher who was one of the first people to promote Yosemite and who sought to develop a resort hotel on the land • John Muir, a deeply religious mountain prophet who found inspiration in Yosemite and then inspired generations of parks enthusiasts • George Masa, a Japanese immigrant whose photographs of the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee served in the fight to protect the region as a national park • Chiura Obata, another Japanese immigrant, whose highly-acclaimed paintings of Yosemite gave Americans a fresh perspective through which to see their beloved landmarks • Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who persuaded Congress that a swamp in southern Florida, the Everglades, should be set aside as a national park • George Melendez Wright, a park ranger from San Francisco who recognized the need to preserve the parks' wildlife in its natural state • Adolph Murie, a young biologist and protégé of Wright who was instrumental in reforming park policy so that wildlife - even predators - would have the same protections as the land itself • Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman who used his personal fortune and genius for promotion to create a National Park Service. These historical accounts are paralleled with contemporary stories of people who continue to be transformed and inspired by the parks today. They include: • Shelton Johnson, an African American who grew up in Detroit, where the national parks seemed distant, unreachable places until he later became a park ranger • Gerard Baker, a Native-American park superintendent whose tribe has long considered the land sacred • Tuan Luong, a Paris-born Vietnamese rock climber and photographer who fell in love with the parks and dedicated himself to photographing all 58 national parks with a large format camera • Juan Lujan, who grew up in west Texas during the Depression and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, with which he would help develop Big Bend National Park in Texas. Also included in the film are interviews with best-selling author Nevada Barr, a former park ranger; writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams; historians William Cronon, Paul Schullery and Alfred Runte; and many others. Nearly a decade in the making, The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a visual feast, featuring some of the most extensive, breathtaking images of the national parks system every captured on film. It contains the most contemporary footage of any Ken Burns film since Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, shot principally by chief cinematographer Buddy Squires (who has filmed all of Burns's documentaries), long-time Florentine cameraman Allen Moore, Lincoln Else (who also is a former ranger at Yosemite) and Burns himself. In addition to Peter Coyote's narration, The National Parks: America's Best Idea features first-person voices read by some of America's greatest actors. Tom Hanks reads the voices of several characters in the film, including Congressman John F. Lacey, who helped push a bill through Congress to protect Yellowstone's last wild buffalo herd. Other voices include Andy Garcia, Josh Lucas, Eli Wallach, Campbell Scott, Sam Waterston, John Lithgow, George Takei, Philip Bosco, Carolyn McCormick, Adam Arkin and Kevin Conway. Running Time: 720 minutes on 6 discs