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America Revealed: Made In The U.S.A.

Airs Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Workers in a steel mill in Newport News, Va. Using aerial footage, high-defin...

Credit: Courtesy of Mark Edward Atkinson for AMERICA REVEALED

Above: Workers in a steel mill in Newport News, Va. 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.


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.

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.

"Made In The U.S.A." repeats on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 11 p.m. - American manufacturing has undergone a massive revolution over the past 20 years, becoming — gloomy perceptions to the contrary — the number-one manufacturing nation on Earth. Cross the country with host Yul Kwon to look at traditional and not-so-traditional types of manufacturing.

Along the way, meet 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.

Visit a small start-up company that is building personalized robots — machines that may one day reshape our homes and offices.

Investigate the emerging notion that manufacturing itself is changing — from a system based on the movement and assembly of raw materials to a system in which ideas and information are the raw materials of a new economy.

Past Episodes: "Food Nation"; "Nation On The Move"; and "Electric Nation"

Preview: America Revealed: Made In The U.S.A.

Re-evaluate your perceptions of the American manufacturing machine as host Yul Kwon introduces you to the men and women who are changing the system.

America Revealed: Introduction to Manufacturing

In the last episode of the series Yul Kwon takes a look at our changing maunfacturing industry in "Made In the USA." Yul introduces topics, themes and the people who work in our manufacturing industries. Discover what America's biggest export is. Find out how we have adapted by embracing new technologies, but also maintained traditions. This episode looks at manufacturing of the past as well as taking a glimpse into the future of what America will be producing.

America Revealed Stories: Desktop Factory: 3D Printing

A converted warehouse in Brooklyn may house manufacturing’s new frontier. MakerBot is a company producing desktop 3D printers at a relatively low price. The printers use plastic to “print” three-dimensional objects - anything from machine parts to toy planes. Enthusiasts say it’s reduced the cost of failure, encouraging innovation and democratizing production.

America Revealed Series Preview

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

Behind The Scenes: America Revealed

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.

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