Rachel gives us some background and then interviews Ken Burns. The theme from FDR resonates throughout, ‘building human happiness.’
Much as been made of the idea what if the government had not taken lands that ordinary people fell in love with and preserved them for our posterity. Sedona, Arizona comes to mind. Many of the most beautiful areas of that red rock country are sequestered away for only the rich people to enjoy. Fabulous canyons are accessible, if you can afford to pay $400-$1500 per night for accommodations.
Burns and Maddow tie in some of the problems being voiced today to the problems that have haunted the National Park System. Regardless of how far we come, we still end up discussing some of the very same issues that were discussed a hundred years ago.
From the New York Times: What’s Wrong with the National Parks?