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Summer of Adventure Starts June 20th

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The PBS Summer of Adventure kicks off on June 20 and we’re really excited about all the awesome shows in the line up! The PBS Summer of Adventure is 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.

“PBS takes your family on an around-the-world adventure this summer, letting them discover new topics in history, science and nature,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, in a press release. “We’re excited to continue bringing compelling wildlife stories to our viewers.”

Here’s the Summer of Adventure Schedule for ThinkTV and CET


The Story of China

Tuesdays, June 20 – 27 and July 11, 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

The Story of China is an unprecedented, six-part series (two parts airing each night) 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.


Great Yellowstone Thaw

Wednesdays, June 21 – July 5, 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


Big Pacific

Wednesdays, June 21 – July 19, 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


Nature’s Great Race

Wednesdays, July 12 – 26, 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


Weekend in Havana

Tuesday, July 18, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark

Tuesday, July 18 – August 1, 9pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


Wild Alaska Live

Sundays, July 23, Wednesday, July 26, and Sunday, July 30, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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. 


Ireland’s Wild Coast

Wednesday, August 2, at 8pm on ThinkTV16 and CET

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.


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Also, a “Summer Learning & Adventure” collection will be available on PBS Learning Media as a companion to the featured programming, and throughout the summer, educators will share their own adventures through social media, whether they’re backyard adventures, reading adventures or travel adventures. In addition, PBS Education will share the Wild Alaska Live experience with educators, children and parents across the nation on a variety of platforms, through the unique lens of teachers who live and work in Alaska.