A Look Back at Season Two

As our production team prepares for season three of THIS AMERICAN LAND, coming soon to PBS stations nationwide, we spoke with some key members of our crew–Executive Producer Gary Strieker, Series Producer Marsha Walton, Managing Producer Walter Biscardi and Series Co-Hosts Caroline Raville and Bruce Burkhardt–to look back at season two, as well as get a sense of what season three will have to offer. We’ll share their perspectives in a series of blogs.

THIS AMERICAN LAND: What was your favorite story was from season two of THIS AMERICAN LAND?

Gary Strieker: My favorite story was the segment on Rio Grande del Norte–a little-known corner of northern New Mexico, not far from where I live. I suppose it’s because it profiled a landscape I see and appreciate every day.

Marsha Walton: It’s hard to beat the images from our story on manatees. Our co-host Caroline Raville got to swim with them at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and we showed our audience how beautiful and important these creatures are. Since our story, they’re facing some more threats, so we’ll be following up on how scientists are working to help these endangered animals. 

Walter Biscardi: I liked the Beaver Builders story in episode 207. Nice, simple story of man learning from the animals and then helping restore balance naturally using the beavers’ own skills. 

Caroline Raville: I definitely loved digging up the dinosaur bones. That is something I have wanted to do since second grade. The scenery was beautiful, and I learned so much. There is something really special about discovering new things, and that is exactly what we got to do.

Bruce Burkhardt: I liked the Idaho Wilderness story for many reasons, not the least of which was the beauty of the place. Many of our pieces have to do with striking a balance, and I think this piece epitomizes that. Protecting these amazing natural resources depends upon a delicate balance and consensus among many different types of user groups. This story is a great example of how this can be done. 

Stay tuned for more from this blog series. Next time we’ll take a look at some funny stories from behind the scenes. In the meantime, share your favorite story from season two in the comments!

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