Visit America's Ten Influential Streets, Monuments, and Modern Marvels on New Season of 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA on PBS
10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA, the popular series that explores the nation's built environment, returns this summer with three new episodes and website that reveal the fascinating and often untold stories behind America's streets, monuments and modern marvels.
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. Produced and written by Dan Protess, 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA premieres Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24, 8:00-9:00 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS, onpbs.org, and wttw.com/10.
Kicking off the season on July 10 is 10 Streets that Changed America, which reveals how streets and roads have connected the nation, DIVIDED communities, and changed the way Americans live, work and shop. Geoffrey traces the 400-year evolution of New York's Broadway, from Native American road to Dutch thoroughfare, from theater district to poster child for the "complete streets" movement of the future. Other influential streets include the Boston Post Road, St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and more.
The 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA companion website will feature immersive content about the streets, monuments, and MODERN MARVELS including original stories, video extras, quizzes, photography, and behind-the-scenes adventures.
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. The episode presents the often-contentious battles over the design of these monuments and the ongoing controversies over Confederate monuments throughout the South.
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.
"10 that Changed America is a history series, but the subjects we tackled this season couldn't be more current: the fate of Confederate monuments, infrastructure spending, and battles over public spaces," said Protess. "Many of these stories could have been ripped from today's headlines."
"Hosting this series was like a roller coaster ride of experience and emotion," said Baer. "The monuments immersed me in triumphs and tragedies of every scale; the engineering marvels took me from thousands of feet in the air to deep underground, pondering the brilliance and hubris of humankind; and as for the streets, I explored them on foot and horseback, in a covered wagon, and in an array of vintage vehicles. It left me in awe of the power of people to imagine and create."
10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA is produced and written by Dan Protess and hosted by Geoffrey Baer. Dan Soles and Dan Protess are the Executive Producers. The series is available on DVD and Blu-ray from PBS Distribution at pbs.org/shop.
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