PBS Summer of Adventure

PBS Summer of Adventure

PBS takes you on an around-the-world adventure this summer, bringing compelling wildlife stories and discovering new topics in history, science and nature.


The Story of China

Travel from the Silk Road to the Yellow Sea with host Michael Wood as he explores the history of the world’s newest superpower. A thrilling and moving epic of the world’s oldest continuous state with the landscapes, peoples, and stories that made today’s China.

Tuesdays, June 20-27 and July 11, at 8:00 p.m.

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Sea Turtle in Ocean

Big Pacific

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, at 8:00 p.m.

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Great Yellowstone Thaw

Journey with 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.

Wednesdays, June 21-July 5, at 9:00 p.m.

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Young elephants interacting

Nature’s Great Race

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, at 9:00 p.m.

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Geoffrey Baer in Havana

Weekend In Havana

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, at 8:00 p.m.

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Joel Sartore takes a selfie with Monarch butterflies

Rare – Creatures of the Photo Ark

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. Throughout, Sartore interacts with scientists and naturalists who reveal surprising and important information. He has seen first-hand that people will save the things they love. This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.

Tuesdays, July 18-August 1, 9:00 p.m.

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Brown bear catching salmon in Brooks Falls Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Wild Alaska Live

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.

Sunday, July 23, at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 30, at 8:00 p.m.

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Ireland’s Wild Coast

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, at 8:00 p.m.

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