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America Revealed: Food Machine

Airs Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Host Yul Kwon at La Tomatina en Reno, America’s biggest tomato fight. Using aerial footage, high-definition video and real-time satellite data, AMERICA REVEALED traces the movements and communications that miraculously come together to manufacture goods, transport people and materials, grow tons of food and power our increasingly tech-savvy nation.

AMERICA REVEALED takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before. 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.

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Explore the map and find AMERICA REVEALED stories near you. Learn more about what makes America tick through the stories of individuals who work behind the scenes to keep our country running. We have stories from all over the country, click on your city and discover the important work someone might be doing right outside your frontdoor.

La Tomatina en Reno, America’s biggest tomato fight.
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Above: La Tomatina en Reno, America’s biggest tomato fight.

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.

"Food Machine" airs Wednesday, October 16 at 11 p.m. - Over the past century an American industrial revolution has given rise to the biggest, most productive food machine the world has ever known.

Join host Yul Kwon to learn how this machine feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day. Discover engineering marvels created by putting nature to work, and consider the toll our insatiable appetites take on our health and environment.

Embark with Kwon on a trip that begins with a pizza delivery route in New York City, then goes across the country to California's Central Valley, where nearly 50 percent of America's fruits, nuts and vegetables are grown, and into the heartland for an aerial look at our farmlands.

Meet the men and women who keep us fed — everyone from industrial to urban farmers, crop-dusting pilots to long-distance bee truckers, modern-day cowboys to the pizza deliveryman.

This program originally aired in 2012.

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America Revealed Series Preview

Above: AMERICA REVEALED takes viewers on a four-hour journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before.

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Behind The Scenes: America Revealed

Above: Yul Kwon, host of AMERICA REVEALED, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series. He tells about some of his favorite moments, shares the insights he gleaned during production, and explains why AMERICA REVEALED was tougher than the reality series, Survivor.