PBS Summer of Adventure

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PBS announced today that WILDALASKA LIVE, a three-night live natural history event featuring bears, wolves, moose, orcas, eagles and more, will be included in the upcoming PBS Summer of Adventure, a collection of eight new limited series that take viewers to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures. This strong slate 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, narrated by actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0, Lost), which reveals the array of rare and dazzling creatures found in and around the Pacific Ocean with footage from some of the best cinematographers from around the globe.

RARE − CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK follows National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he documents some of the most diverse and beautiful animal species at risk of extinction. 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, follows Kirk Johnson to Yellowstone, where wolves, grizzlies, beavers and Great Gray owls   survive one of the greatest seasonal changes on Earth, and NATURE’S GREAT RACE explores the world’s most astounding migrations. In WILD ALASKA LIVE, witness a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s summer feast, an event never before captured live on television. Finally, journey along one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world in IRELAND’S WILD COAST.

Basin PBS will host several screenings throughout the summer to celebrate a Summer of Adventure.
We begin with BIG PACIFIC, Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30pm at Trinity School of Midland in the Commons. Join us as we dive into the deep.
Watch our website and social media for updates on future screenings and events.

Below is a look at PBS Summer of Adventure;


THE STORY OF CHINA is an unprecedented, six-part series exploring the 4,000-year history of China, home to more than a billion people and an emerging global superpower. Host and historian Michael Wood, who brings a contagious curiosity to the series that is matched only by the warmth and enthusiasm of the Chinese people, suggests that to understand China today, we must examine its past.

Tuesdays, June 20-27 and July 11, 7pm



Journey with National Museum of Natural History’s Sant Director 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 these animals cope.

Wednesdays, June 21-July 5, 8pm



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, 7pm



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, 8pm



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, 7pm



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. This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.
Tuesdays, July 18-August 1, 8pm



Broadcasting live over three nights with hosts Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt, PBS, in partnership with the BBC, will turn the cameras on a must-see natural spectacle as thousands of the world’s wildest animals gather to take part in Alaska’s amazing summer feast. 

Sundays, July 23-30 and Wednesday, July 26, 7pm



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, 7pm


NATURE’S GREAT RACE, GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW and WILD ALASKA LIVE are presented as part of a multi-title co-production deal among PBS, BBC and BBC Worldwide North America. The partnership provides a pipeline of the high-quality, entertaining and factual programs that PBS and BBC audiences have come to expect.


THE STORY OF CHINA, BIG PACIFIC, RARE - CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK, WEEKEND IN HAVANA, IRELAND’S WILD COAST, NATURE’S GREAT RACE and GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW will be available to stream the morning after broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including www.pbs.org and PBS apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. All three episodes of WILD ALASKA LIVE will live-stream on PBS.org simultaneously with broadcast and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; viewers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the massive production each night, from its base in Juneau to the multiple locations out in the field.