NET Explores Streets, Monuments and Modern Marvels that Transformed America

News Release Date: 
June 28, 2018

For Immediate Release

NET Explores Streets, Monuments and Modern Marvels that Transformed America

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 28, 2018) – The historic Lincoln Highway will be featured in the first episode of the popular “10 That Changed America” series which returns in July to NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR Stations. It is one of several programs that are part of the PBS “Summer of Adventure” line up.

Three new episodes of “10 That Changed America” reveal the fascinating and often untold stories behind America’s streets, monuments and modern marvels. The first, “10 Streets That Changed America,” premieres at 7 p.m. CT, on Tuesday, July 10, on NET. Two other episodes air on Tuesdays, July 17 and 24.

The Lincoln Highway passes through 13 states, including Nebraska, and stretches almost 3400 miles from coast to coast. “10 Streets That Changed America” explores how the Lincoln Highway, as well as other streets and roads have connected the nation, divided communities and changed the way Americans live, work and shop.

“10 Monuments that Changed America” (July 17) explores the stories behind 10 American monuments and the historical moments that inspired them, from the Statue of Liberty to Mount Rushmore, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the AIDS Quilt. The episode presents the often-contentious battles over the design and the ongoing controversies over Confederate monuments throughout the South.

Lastly, “10 Modern Marvels that Changed America” (July 24) celebrates the visionary engineers who scoffed at the laws of nature, defied the naysayers – and sometimes gravity – by undertaking amazing feats of engineering. Each story includes a fun physics lesson and a tale of human folly: from the Erie Canal to the Hoover Dam, from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Interstate Highway System.

From New York’s Broadway to the Hoover Dam, from Mount Rushmore to the St. Louis Arch, “10 That Changed America” host Geoffrey Baer takes a summer road trip across America as he meets with historians, curators and guides who share the fascinating backstories behind the iconic streets that connect our nation, the monuments that commemorate our history, and the engineering marvels that transformed our environment and shaped the way we live.

The “10 That Changed America” companion website (https://www.pbs.org/ten-that-changed-america/home/) features immersive content, including original stories, video extras, quizzes, photography and behind-the-scenes adventures.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

 

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