DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
DUST BOWL, SBS One, 8.35pm
I REALISE this is a hard sell, but quite apart from the frightening beauty of this Ken Burns (left) series, you may find the story of how clearing of millions of acres of grassland, over-farming and shonky real estate development helped bring about years of cata- strophic weather still resonates today. This was politics and the environment clashing in the most horrific way. Dust storms, a 10-year drought, grasshopper plagues, the Great Depression. It seems biblical, says narrator Peter Coyote. The dust storm footage is startling, but the greatest contribution is from 26 people who lived through it all.