Summer of Adventure Starts June 20

News Release Date: 
June 13, 2017

For Immediate Release
New ‘Summer of Adventure’ to China, Yellowstone and Pacific

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 13, 2017) – Eight new series from PBS will take viewers around the world to amazing places and cultures as “Summer of Adventure” begins June 20 on NET. This new slate of beautifully shot history, science and nature series begins with trips to China, the Pacific and Yellowstone.

THE STORY OF CHINA, 7 p.m. CT, Tuesdays, June 20, 27 and July 11
Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the 4,000 year history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state, this new series includes the landscapes, people and stories that made today’s China.

BIG PACIFIC, 7 p.m. CT, Wednesdays, June 21, 28, July 5, July 12 and July 19
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.

GREAT YELLOWSTONE THAW, 8 p.m. CT, Wednesdays, June 21, 28 and July 5
Journey with Smithsonian’s 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.

Summer of Adventure 2017 Series Sell Tues 6/20

More new “Summer of Adventure” programs will continue in July and August with “Nature’s Great Race” tracking animals of the Arctic wilderness and African bush, July 12-26; “Weekend In Havana” featuring a glimpse of the beauty of the city, July 18; “RARE – Creatures of the Photo Ark” with Nebraska’s renowned photographer Joel Sartore who documents animals at risk of extinction, July 18-Aug. 1; and “Ireland’s Wild Coast” as Emmy-award winning cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson journeys along his homeland’s rugged Atlantic coast, Aug. 2.

Previews of the summer lineup are available here.

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