Tuned In

Dead Tree Alert I: Socialized Nature!

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Think of my Tuned In column in the current issue of TIME as a kind of companion piece to the Glenn Beck cover. It’s about Ken Burns’ new documentary, The National Parks, and the (probably unwitting) provocativeness of Burns’ serving up a twelve-hour love letter to a government program in the year of the tea party.

National Parks debuts a week from Sunday, and time permitting, I’ll give it more of a review-review before it airs. For now I’ll say that it has some gorgeous footage and some intriguing stories that relate to larger debates about American government (like the ones I mention in the column)—but this is a six-part series that it probably wouldn’t hurt to dip in and out of. Are you looking forward to it?