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The Green Life: Stephen Colbert Calls Ken Burns's New Series "Nature Porn"

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September 25, 2009

Stephen Colbert Calls Ken Burns's New Series "Nature Porn"

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Comedian/faux newsman Stephen Colbert hosted Ken Burns on his show last night to discuss The National Parks: America's Best Idea, a six-episode PBS series featuring the Sierra Club and its founder, John Muir.

During the interview, the documentary filmmaker extraordinaire told us that if the national-parks system didn't exist, the Grand Canyon would be lined with mansions and Yosemite would be a gated community. He also said that the parks are "the Declaration of Independence applied to land," and, "I hope every superintendent of every national park is angry at us after this."

As Burns explains why national parks are a supreme benchmark of democracy, Colbert feigns a concern with the system's socialism, describes the Everglades as "...damp," and calls the 12-hour series "nature porn."

--Avital Binshtock

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