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The DPTV Experience


The DPTV Experience: Bringing your favorite shows to life, one experience at a time


Detroit Public TV is bringing your favorite shows to a location near you, with a series of quarterly events that transform the latest PBS programs into real-life experiences.

The series blasted off in July with Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science (View photos). From there it’s Ken Burns’ Country Music at Pontiac's Crofoot in September, culinary craft with America’s Test Kitchen in the winter and a Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating Asian-American culture next spring.

Each DPTV Experience offers enlightened commentary from knowledgeable panelists, unique hands-on activities and exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming PBS specials. In addition, every event features a reception to give DPTV community members a chance to meet and mingle! 




2) Country Music at The Crofoot in Pontiac

September 11, 2019, 8pm

The Crofoot

The DPTV Experience - Country Music a film by Ken Burns Just call us “Detroit Country City” for one night only! Featuring a live performance by Detroit’s own Dan John Miller and his band, Blanche, and many other musicians. There will also be interviews and discussions about Detroit’s history and the city’s country music roots, as well as clips from the Ken Burns documentary.

Enjoy performances by:

  • Dan John Miller
  • Blanche
  • Frontier Ruckus
  • The Volebeats
  • Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
  • Craig 'Bones' Maki
  • Candy Miller
  • Aaron Jonah Lewis
  • Libby Decamp
  • Ethan Daniel Davidson
  • Behind the Times
  • The Tri-County Squares
  • The CommonWealth Cloggers


3) Culinary Indulgence with America’s Test Kitchen – location and time TBD 

Winter 2020

America's Test Kitchen This winter, America’s Test Kitchen will bring a healthy helping of foodie magic to Detroit. ATK will provide kitchen demonstrations, collaborating with local chefs and serving up a taste or two. We are still cooking up the details so check back soon to find out what else will be on the menu for this event.




4) The Asian-American Cultural Experience – location and time TBD

May 2020

The Asian Americans - 5 part documentary coming May 2020. Just in time for the debut of PBS’s new series, “The Asian Americans,” DPTV will host its own cherry blossom festival, with a deep and devoted look into Asian culture, cuisine and character. Watch for updates as we work to finalize this event coming the spring of 2020.





1) Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science

July 18, 2019 

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The series achieved liftoff with Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science on Thursday, July 18.  Activies and guest included:

  • Cranbrook Institute of ScienceA talk from special guest Charles Fishman, author of the New York Times Best-Seller One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon​ (Simon and Schuster).
  • A talk and Q&A with:
    • Dr. Fred Adams, University of Michigan Professor of Theoretical Cosmology and Astrophysics
    • Dr. James Cutler, Director of University of Michigan eXploration Lab
    • Dr. Susan T. Lepri, University of Michigan, Associate Professor Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
    • Michael Narlock, Head of Astronomy and Exhibits and Web Coordinator at Cranbrook Institute of Science 
  • Highlights from American Experience’s Chasing the Moon documentary about the race to land on the moon
  • A demonstration from the student-run Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover), whose mission is to design and build a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments
  • Up-close and personal with the galaxy in Cranbrook’s museum, including the planetarium and observatory
  • A "space" reception with light snacks and the opportunity to speak with fellow DPTV adventurers

View photos from the event here >


More about the PBS programming that inspires these experiences:

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.


America's Test Kitchen

New season January 2020

From pan-seared salmon to ultra-nutty pecan bars, the recipes in America’s Test Kitchen will work the first time you try them, thanks to the dozens of test cooks who develop, refine, and test recipes again and again until they arrive at the very best versions. We'll bring the ATK crew in to share recipes, tool tips and more - Winter 2020.  


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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