Summer of Adventure

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Tom Axtell, General ManagerTom Axtell, General Manager

Television has three traditional programming seasons – Fall, Winter and Summer. Summers used to be mostly repeats from the other seasons – but not anymore! Thanks to member donations, Vegas PBS will present exciting new series through the summer that will take you to some of the world’s most amazing places and cultures. We are striving to present a true “summer of adventure” to give you some of the most creative, inspiring and educational programming of any season.

This summer’s lineup of history, science and natural history programming kicks off with The Story of China on Tuesdays, beginning June 20. Historian and host Michael Wood surveys the 4,000-year history of the world’s oldest continuous state to help viewers better understand this global superpower today.

The following night, viewers will plunge into the Pacific with the premiere of Big Pacific on Wednesday, June 21. Researchers and cinematographers expose the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures and explore an ocean that covers a third of the Earth’s surface. Immediately following Big Pacific, viewers can regain their footing on the dramatic landscape of Yellowstone Park. The Smithsonian Institution’s Kirk Johnson explores the dramatic seasonal changes that affect the park’s wildlife on the Great Yellowstone Thaw.

PBS dubs Wednesday nights the “Smartest Night on Television” with its compelling lineup of science and nature programming. Vegas PBS opens the night with our popular local adventure program, Outdoor Nevada. New episodes air Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (with rebroadcasts Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m.) and explore the varied environments across our state that provide endless inspiration for exciting outdoor adventures.

Audiences for news are increasing and Vegas PBS is increasing our coverage of national and international news with PBS NewsHour Weekend. Based on viewer requests, we are adding the 30-minute broadcast to our weekend schedule on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning June 17. Like the weekday edition, PBS NewsHour Weekend provides original, in-depth field reporting and perspective on topics including education, healthcare, the economy, energy, science and technology, religion, finance and the arts. This allows Vegas PBS to expand critical news coverage on Channel 10 to seven days a week.

As the school year comes to an end and children begin their summer adventures, they can enjoy an all-new lineup of PBS KIDS daytime programming. With older siblings at home all day, we are seeking to serve a broader range of preschool and elementary school children. The new schedule begins Monday, June 5 on Channel 10. See page 23 of the June 2017 issue of the Vegas PBS Source magazine for a detailed program listing.

Many of our members continue their on-screen adventures with in-person travel experiences like our popular summer trips to the Utah Shakespeare Festival or the Tuacahn Amphitheater to enjoy live performances in a beautiful outdoor setting. Please visit for a complete list of unique Vegas PBS travel adventures. Thank you for your support of this exceptional programming!

Tom Axtell
General Manager

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