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Summer of Adventure from PBS

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Apr 28, 2017 11:51 AM
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WITF invites you to join the Summer of Adventure from PBS.

The Summer of Adventure will feature six new series that take you to some of the world's most amazing places and cultures. This strong lineup of history, science and natural history programming kicks off the summer schedule with The Story of China, an exploration of China's 4,000-year history, featuring Michael Wood and Big Pacific, which reveals the Pacific Ocean's most guarded secrets with footage from some of the best cinematographers from around the globe.

PBS Summer of Adventure explores some of the world's wildest and most threatened places with Rare-Creatures of the Photo Ark, following National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.
Weekend in Havana accompanies Geoffrey Baer on a walking tour through Cuba, meeting singers, dancers, chefs and more in Havana, with a focus on the people, architecture, culture and history of the country just re-opened to Americans. Great Yellowstone Thaw, a BBC co-production, showcases the stories of four different animal families as they attempt to survive the toughest spring on Earth.

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The Story of China -Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world's newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world's oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today's China.  Tuesdays, June 20, 27 and July 11, 8-10pm

Great Yellowstone Thaw  -Journey with Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on the planet. As the temperature swings 140 degrees, cameras capture how the animals cope.  Wednesdays, June 21-July 5, 9-10pm

Big Pacific - Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers who display the ocean's rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. Filmed in cinematic 4K, the program breaks the boundaries between land and sea, examining an ocean that covers one-third of the Earth's surface, holds half of the world's water and hides the deepest place on the planet. Wednesdays, June 21-July 19, 8-9pm

Nature's Great Race - Traverse the Arctic wilderness and African bush as scientific teams utilize new technology to track caribou, zebras and elephants as they overcome obstacles and face fearless predators on their epic journeys. Wednesdays, July 12-26, 9-10pm

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Weekend in Havana - Join Geoffrey Baer as he travels to Havana, where dancers, musicians, architects and writers invite him into their lives to experience the color, culture and history of a beautiful and seductive city only recently re-opened to Americans. Tuesday, July 18, 8-9pm

Rare-Creatures of the Photo Ark - Renowned National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, a natural-born storyteller,is on a quest to document Earth's species at risk of extinction. His 11-year "Photo Ark" project is the focus of this three-part series, which follows Sartore into the field as he captures rare species on camera -- at zoos, preserves and elsewhere. Throughout, Sartore interacts with scientists and naturalists who reveal surprising and important information. He has seen first-hand that people will save the things they love. This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species' future matters to us all. Tuesdays, July 18-August 1, 9-10pm

Ireland's Wild Coast - Join Emmy-winning wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson on an authored journey along Ireland's rugged Atlantic coast, providing insights into the wild animals and wild places of the island he calls home. Wednesday, August 2, 8-10pm

But wait, there's more!  Stay tuned for a special announcement for one program joining the Summer of Adventure line-up. 

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