America Revealed, Season 1HD
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Technology expert and communications attorney Yul Kwon (winner of “Survivor: Cook Islands”) hosts this exciting new PBS series that travels through time, space and systems to reveal a nation of interdependent and intricately interwoven networks that feed and power the nation, produce millions of goods, transport people great distances and still come together to make America work. These networks all rely on vast, complex and precisely calibrated systems, yet most Americans have never had the chance to observe or understand them. Until now.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFood Machine||Over the past century, an American industrial revolution has given rise to the biggest, most productive food machine the world has ever known. In this episode, host Yul Kwon explores how this machine feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day. He discovers engineering marvels we've created by putting nature to work and takes a look at the costs of our insatiable appetite on our health and environment. For the first time in human history, less than 2% of the population can feed the other 98%. How does this all work? Who are the men and women who keep us fed 365 days a year? Yul embarks on a trip across the country to find out.||53:13||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNation On the Move||America is a nation of vast distances and dense urban clusters, woven together by 200,000 miles of railroads, 5,000 airports, and four million miles of roads. These massive, complex transportation systems combine to make Americans the most mobile people on earth. Yul Kwon journeys across the continent by air, road and rail and ventures behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go. At the Federal Aviation Administration command center, he listens in on a call with NASA, the secret service, the military and every major airline to learn how our national flight plan works today. He meets innovators who are creating ways to propel us farther and faster in years to come; in Las Vegas, he heads out into the wild night to see how transportation analysts are keeping traffic at bay by revolutionizing the use of one basic tool: the traffic light.||53:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoElectric Nation||Our modern electric power grid has been called the biggest and most complex machine in the world — delivering electricity over 200,000 miles of high-tension transmission lines. Yul Kwon travels around the country to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the power on every day. At New York State’s governing grid control room, he learns how a massive blackout cut power to 40 million Americans and joins a live wire repair team who do their daring repairs from the side of a helicopter in flight. He also visits the country’s largest coal mine, rappels down the side of wind turbine, takes a rare tour of a nuclear plant and travels on a massive tanker — where Kwon reflects on the challenges and opportunities we face now and in the days ahead to keep the power flowing.||53:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMade in the U.S.A.||Contrary to recent widely held beliefs, America is actually the number one manufacturing nation on earth. Yul Kwon meets the men and women who create the world’s best and most iconic products; engineers who are reinventing the American auto industry; steelworkers who brave intense heat to accommodate radical new ideas about recycling; and engineers who are re-imagining the microchip. Yul further explores the emerging notion that manufacturing itself is changing from a system based on the movement and assembly of raw materials like steel and plastic to a system in which ideas and information are the raw materials of a new economy based around communications and social connections via companies like Facebook and Google.||53:14||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoHomegrown Solution||Additional material from "America Revealed: The Food Machine."||3:10||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoEye in the Sky||Additional material from "America Revealed: Nation on the Move."||3:32||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|7||HDVideoLive Wire||Additional material from "America Revealed: Electric Nation."||3:29||Season Only||View in iTunes|
|8||HDVideoRobot Relationships||Additional material from America Revealed: Made in the U.S.A.||3:22||Season Only||View in iTunes|
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I think some reviewers missed the point...
This show documents the systems in place that make America work -- the ones that deeply impact everything we do in our lives, but that live behind the scenes where we really don't notice the big picture of their operations.
This is NOT simply a commentary on what's wrong with America. So if you're looking for a documentary that reveals our industrialized food system as a means to attack it (as far as the first episode) then this isn't the one for you. The episode DOES mention the issues with GMO crops, pesticides, bee colony collapse disorder, etc. However this is NOT the main focus of America Revealed. The main focus is to help us visualize the systems that exist all around us and make the country function on a daily basis. They are what they are. You can debate the pro's and con's all day long, with much merit.
If you're looking for an anti-factory-farm documentary, check out Food Inc. It's an excellent film. If you're open minded enough to be able to learn more HOW things work in today's America, while divorcing yourself for an hour from any personal thoughts on what SHOULD be done to CHANGE those systems, then you'll enjoy this series. It doesn't go into the greatest depth -- more could've been said in "Food Machine" about the effects of the corn subsidy on our physical health (not to mention the country's fiscal health), or the effect that all this technology has had on the livelihoods of the farmers themselves.
For that reason I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 5. But each episode is an hour long, so you can't cover everything!
Important topic, well done!
The ability to truly visualize the flow and distribution of products puts this show above the rest. To those who rate the show low must have missed the point completely.
I can see the forest!
This show has a great way of pulling you back far enough from the trees to see the forest. Looking forward to future episodes.