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The DPTV Experience

The DPTV Experience

Detroit Public TV is bringing the PBS excitement to a location near you, with a quarterly series of events that transforms the hottest new programs into head-first dives into real-life, fascinating realms of discovery.

Whether it involves space exploration, the roots of country music, culinary magic or contemporary Asian-American culture, each event offers probing talks by leading authorities, hands-on/mind-expanding activities and exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming PBS programming.

And every DPTV Experience features a reception to give DPTV community members a chance to meet and mingle.

1) Chasing the Moon at the Cranbrook Institute of Science - July 18 @ 7pm ET

Along with a screening of the exciting American Experience program, join a panel of experts in space flight in a panel discussion.  As well as have access to the Observatory and Planetarium.  

2) Country Music at The Crofoot - September 11

Learn about Detroit's addition to country music!  

3) Culinary Experience (TBD) - Winter 2020

4) The Asian Americans (TBD) - May 2020



More about the programs

Chasing the Moon 

 Begins July 8, 2019 8pm ET

“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.

Country Music - A film by Ken Burns 

 Begins September 15, 2019 8pm ET

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. "Country Music" features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

A soon-to-be-named Cooking Show

How-to shows are some of Detroit-area audience's favorite.  And the number one among those?  Cooking shows!  We're working out which show we are going to bring to you in Winter 2020.  Stay tuned!  

The Asian Americans 

 May 2020

"The Asian Americans", a sweeping, first-ever public media initiative that will chronicle the Asian story in the United States. The series explores bold, new perspectives that recalibrate the way we look at that experience, and reveals the vital role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity. Told through individual lives and personal histories, the series explores major epochs of the American journey through the context of immigration, diversity, and global connectedness.

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Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

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