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TTL: Grey Gardens
Renee Bright
When the Maysels brothers showed up in 1972 to shoot a documentary film at the dilapidated estate of Grey Gardens in the East Hamptons, they didn't quite know what they were getting into, or what kind of movie they would end up with.
Water levels in Great Salt Lake have shrunk to record lows. The biologist Bonnie Baxter says we're seeing an ecosystem collapse before our eyes — as microbialities are bleached, brine flies and shrimp die off and birds migrate elsewhere. Toxic dust released from the dry lakebed endangers people, too. Meanwhile Bonnie studies the lake and tracks its decline.

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