This Summer, WNED-TV brings you the world!
The Expedition Begins July 10!With a variety of science, nature, culture and history programs, the PBS Summer of Adventure will transport you around the globe, from touring the vibrant immigrant communities in American cities with Chef Marcus Samuelsson to climbing to the top of the Rocky Mountains, the Himalayas and the Andes. In addition, viewers will visit places where human survival is pushed to the limits and journey to the outer regions of the remote Australian wilderness. As if that weren’t enough, audiences will explore streets, monuments and modern marvels and journey deep into the depths of Mexico’s tropical rainforests.
Join us for a three-part cross-country road trip to explore the Streets, Monuments, and modern marvels
that transformed America.
10 That Changed America | Trailer
Host Geoffrey Baer takes viewers across the country to the places that changed America.
From New York’s Broadway to the Hoover Dam, from Mount Rushmore to the St. Louis Arch, join host Geoffrey Baer on 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.
Tuesdays at 8pm
July 10 - 24
10 Monuments that Changed America (July 17) explores the stories behind ten wholly-original 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.
Finally, 10 Modern Marvels that Changed America(July 24) celebrates the visionary engineers who scoffed at the laws of nature, defied the naysayers — and sometimes even 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.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson travels to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places and culinary flavors of immigrant communities.
Inside Look with Marcus Samuelsson
Go behind the scenes of No Passport Required with Marcus Samuelsson.
Tuesdays at 9pm
July 10 - August 14
From Detroit, where Marcus meets Middle Eastern immigrants who call the city home, to the Ethiopian community in Washington, D.C., NO PASSPORT REQUIRED showcases how food can bring Americans — old and new — together around the table. In New Orleans, Marcus learns how Vietnamese culinary traditions have fully integrated into the fabric of the city, taking center stage with long-established French and African influences. In New York, he’s shown how the Indo-Guyanese culture thrives in a small enclave of Queens, and how this one community has taken the best of its Indian, Caribbean and colonial heritage and incorporated those influences into its customs and cuisine. In Chicago, Marcus ventures into the city’s Mexican neighborhoods and discovers their impact on the area’s food and cultural landscape. Going beyond the borders of South Beach, he also meets with members of Miami’s proud Haitian community. This summer, explore the wonders of the world’s global food traditions right here at home
Discover the extraordinary animals and remarkable people who make a home on the iconic mountain ranges of the world: the Rockies, Andes, and Himalaya.
Kingdoms of the Sky |Trailer
Meet the extraordinary people who make home on the world's iconic mountain ranges.
Stretching 3,000 miles and forming the spine of North America, “TheRockies”(Wednesday, July 11) are a beautiful wilderness of snow-capped peaks and hidden valleys. This episode begins in winter in Wyoming, where male bighorn sheep fight for access to mates, a wolverine looks for food hidden deep in the snow in the Canadian north and, in Colorado, mountaineer and extreme skier Hilaree Nelson O’Neill climbs Mount Sneffels and skis down a steep couloir. In spring, a mountain lion stalks a deserted Montana ranch searching for mule deer, while tiger salamanders feast in the temporary ponds of Colorado, turning into cannibals when the food supply runs short. Human daredevils — wingsuit flyers — leap from mile-high cliffs in Montana. In the height of summer, rufous hummingbirds raise their young in tiny nests. These birds have the greatest migration in the whole of the Rockies, flying all the way to the south and beyond, to Mexico, following the flowers. The climax of the episode is the Indian Relay, a breakneck horse race of bravery and split-second timing at the county fair in Kalispell.
Wednesdays at 8pm
July 11 - 25
The longest mountain range in the world, “TheAndes” (Wednesday, July 25), are home to dozens of hidden worlds, from the driest desert on Earth to cloud forests teeming with life. There are vertical peaks towering over 20,000 feet, but the Andes are also home to the flattest place on earth – a huge salt flat with a bizarre light show every night. In the southern Andes, a puma family hunts guanaco, a relative of the llama. In the Atacama Desert, a lizard thrives in the driest place on Earth. In the rugged peaks of the central Andes, a spectacled bear searches burned hillsides to discover hidden springs for a drink – and a bath. Descendants of the Incas harvest mountain grass and weave it into a bridge across a gorge, a ceremony performed since the time when Machu Picchu was an Incan royal palace. Rarely seen magnificent snow sculptures decorate mountaintops high in Peru, carved by the wind from snow and ice. In the tropical Andes, cloud forests perch on mountainsides, home to tens of thousands of species, including a newly discovered “shape-shifting” frog that can change color and shape when in danger. The only glacier-nesting birds in the world — white-winged Diuca finches — raise their young on the Quelccaya glacier, where the danger to the chicks is not the cold, but the heat of the sun as it melts the face of the glacier.
Explore parts of the world that nature has carved on a staggering scale. For human beings, survival within these extraordinary places can pose great challenges.
Episode 1 | Surviving the Extreme | Full Program
Earth’s natural wonders are among the most extreme places to live on the planet.
Wednesdays at 9pm
July 11 - 25
"Surviving the Extreme"(July 11) - Earth’s Natural Wonders are among the most extreme places to live on the planet. From soaring mountains to deep jungles, and frozen Polar worlds, human beings need bravery and ingenuity to survive within them.
"Surviving with Animals" (July 18) - In some of the World’s most extraordinary Natural Wonders, it is wildlife that holds the key to survival for the people who live there. But animals can be our foes, as well as our friends.
"Surviving Against the Odds" - (July 25) - In some Natural Wonders, people must push themselves to the absolute limit in order to survive. For the people who call these extraordinary places home, survival requires great skill, ingenuity and bravery.
The Canadian Rockies by Rail takes viewers on a journey through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies. The trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train passes through some of North America’s most stunning wilderness scenery. The trip includes stops in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, and Jasper and a drive along the Icefields Parkway, often described as one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Canadian Rockies by Rail | Watch Full Program
Travels through some of North America’s most stunning wilderness scenery.
The Canadian Rockies by Rail takes viewers along for an unforgettable trip through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies, exploring some of the most stunning scenery in the world aboard the renowned Rocky Mountaineer, known as one of the best rail journeys in the world.
Friday, July 13 at 8pm
The core of the journey takes place aboard the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train. The unique dome cars provide views of parts of the Rockies seldom seen or explored. The train also offers award-winning on-board service and dining during the daylight travel, creating an experience encompassing the scenery, history and people along the route.
Off the rails, the program visits several of Canada’s acclaimed national parks, travels along one of the most scenic highways in the world—the the Icefields Parkway and explores the Columbia Icefield Glacier. Viewers can experience small mountain towns and historic railroad hotels and learn about the culture of Canada’s First Nation’s peoples.
This grand journey with its distinctive rail routes, rich history, majestic scenery and unique destinations has been called “one of the world’s greatest trips” by National Geographic. The Canadian Rockies by Rail, produced by WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto and Driftwood Productions, Inc.,combines the romance of rail travel and acclaimed service with the magnificent scenery and destinations of the Canadian Rockies.
The Erie Canal is one of the earliest transcendent tales of the American experience and an endeavor first scoffed at as nothing more than a ditch with a dirt path running beside it. The Erie Canal became the nation’s first great technical innovation and a gateway to prominence.
This one-hour documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began linking the young United States’ east to its west in 1817 and depicts how a young nation broke through with its first great crusade of ingenuity by willing an impossible-to-build, 363-mile man-made waterway to the American frontier.
Erie: The Canal that Made America | Preview
This documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal. WNED-TV shares this amazing story, introducing a new generation to where “15 miles on the Erie Canal” can take you-Friday, July 20 at 8pm.
Friday, July 20 at 8pm
Often credited with helping to create what America now knows as the Empire State, the story of the Erie Canal is more than a New York story. The towpath certainly made New York City America’s leading port and economic hub once the waters of the Great Lakes were wed with the Atlantic. The confluence would change the course of cities beyond the Northeast, including New Orleans and Chicago and Cleveland.
The Erie Canal is a defining story of immigration and American culture. Farmers and new citizens poured their lives into digging and developing homes, businesses and communities along what became known as “Clinton’s Ditch.” We learn how six men who would be U.S. president, including Washington, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt, are linked to the canal’s destiny; though it would be a wily New York politician, DeWitt Clinton, who championed its construction.
The documentary illustrates how the canal was a route to immense social change. Slaves fleeing the south found safe paths to freedom in Canada along the canal and African Americans settled in canal towns. The ideals of the women’s rights movement and the tenets of new and renewed religions were transported along the canal.
As the Erie Canal generated social evolution, it also motivated other states to join the ride. More than 3,000 more miles of canals opened in the United States following the successes of the Erie; systems that would offer farmers and industrialists from the American heartland a safe, reliable cost-effective route beyond the Mississippi by which to deliver their goods. This would continue into the mid-20th century after a third edition of the canal opened to ocean-sized barge traffic.
And that third edition of the Erie lives on today, enjoying a renaissance as a socio-economic lifeline for communities in New York that have developed their main streets and commercial and cultural centers along it. The canal lives on as a treasured national landmark, drawing tourists from around the world to cruise its waters, bike its paths, and explore its canal-side communities.
Journey with the people and animals of Australia’s Kimberley region in North West Australia: a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, bursting with character.
The Outback | Trailer
Journey with the people and animals of Australia's Kimberley region.
Australia’s vast North West corner is a startling landscape, one so ancient that, in parts, it predates life on the planet. It can appear arid and empty, but is filled with animals that have adapted to its harsh climate. Many are nocturnal, well camouflaged or prone to secrecy, from creatures reminiscent of the ancient landscape, like the saltwater crocodile, owner of the world’s most powerful jaws, to the most delicate of marsupial mice. THE OUTBACK captures the life of these animals over the course of the dramatic wet and dry seasons that dictate their cycles of life.
From the Outback’s red-hot heart, to its spectacular and pristine coastline, a particular breed of people also inhabits this land. THE OUTBACK is their story – past and present, tough and compassionate. They are the indigenous custodians whose understanding of the land, its animals and its seasons harks back to the oral storytelling and dreamtime of ancient generations. They work with and beside scientists sharing knowledge and interpretations of the land.
Wednesdays at 8pm
August 1 - 15
EPISODE 1: “The Kimberley Comes Alive” (August 1)
The Kimberley region in North West Australia boasts some of the most spectacular wilderness — and tough characters — in existence. As the wet season comes to an end, the humans and the creatures begin their adventures across this diverse and surprising landscape. From tiny, orphaned joeys to majestic ospreys, survival takes guts (and sometimes even the huge hearts of humans to care for them). It’s a land where humans and animals live in dangerous, and exquisite, proximity.
EPISODE 2: “The Dry Season” (August 8)
It might be the dry season but there’s no rest in the Outback: There are turtle eggs to be laid, saltwater crocodiles to dodge and young birds on maiden flights. Cattle must be mustered from the far corners of vast cattle properties and, when that is done, rodeos spring into action. More quietly, archaeologists are led through remote wilderness by traditional owners, revealing breathtaking galleries of ancient rock art. Out at sea, elite athletes dive the ocean depths in the name of the world’s most spectacular pearl, risking dangerous encounters with curious giants. While mother to marsupials, Mandy Watson, sets her babies free.
EPISODE 3: “Return of the Wet” (August 15)
Inland Kimberley is now so stiflingly hot, everything and everyone moves with caution — with the exception of gold diggers Honest John and Steve. The region’s remaining waterholes are packed with animals, forced dangerously close together. Windjana Gorge is a prime example – a pristine oasis where brave humans wade into crocodile-infested water in the name of science. The coast is also a place to congregate. Thousands of shorebirds arrive from the world’s longest single migration, only to be blasted with nets by crafty bird lovers. The humidity builds until the skies finally explode with thunder and rain. Nyul Nyul ranger Albert Wiggan sings a welcome to the life it brings and arrival of a new season in his ancient land.
Travel south down Mexico's mountain spine, explore the tropical forests of the Maya, and journey across the deserts of Northern Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.
Wonders of Mexico | Trailer
Journey across Mexico to discover its amazing wildlife and culture.
Wednesdays at 9pm
August 1 - 15
Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, home to the Maya, is a forest rich in wildlife, including monkeys, jaguars and vibrant tropical birds. Here lies a secret underworld which holds the key to life
EPISODE 2: “Mountain Worlds” (August 8)
Mountains dominate Mexico, shaping life and culture in this diverse land. Travel south to discover black bears, fiery volcanoes, exquisite birds and millions of monarch butterflies.
EPISODE 3: “Burning North” (August 15)
A journey across Northern Mexico reveals a desert rich in life. From prairie dogs fighting snakes, bats hunting scorpions and tiny owls living in giant cacti, its animals have found clever ways to survive against the odds.