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KPBS Explore Local Content Project Finalists Announced

Coming this summer to KPBS, three new online series from the KPBS Explore project highlight diverse aspects of Southern California culture and industry. “I’m excited about this foray into the digital arena,” says KPBS Director of Programming John Decker, who conceived of and leads the KPBS Explore project. “Viewers already stream our national content so we’re thrilled to complement that menu of programs with original content sourced directly from and about our community.”

My First Day
Myriad experiences bring people to San Diego, but their common thread is the first day. Do you recall yours? Host Andrew Bracken explores the “first-day” experience with a cross-section of San Diego’s transplants. Find podcasts at
Available early June 2017

Mind of a Scientist (working title)
Host Margot Wohl introduces listeners to the bright minds making strides in San Diego’s Scientific community. Meet the scientists and hear their stories at
Available late summer 2017

Jordan Loves
These hilarious history shorts will leave you wanting more from this charismatic if not Seinfeldian host, Jordan Jacobo. Find episodes at and anywhere you access the PBS App.
Release date TBA

About The Project

KPBS Explore is our local content initiative launched in 2012 as a way to create more local programming. The goal of the initiative is to grow the quality and quantity of local content by collaborating with local producers on ideas for programs and series that increase our sense of place, connect audiences over shared experiences, and reflect our diverse and dynamic community. Ideas launched through the initiative are partially funded by KPBS and distributed across all our platforms.

How do we bring your ideas to life? A dedicated committee solicits ideas through a proposal process. Promising ideas are vetted thoroughly and must meet the committee’s selection criteria: 1) a grasp of how to create content using public media sensibilities; 2) a track record of executing content projects on deadline; and 3) a realistic budget and plan for raising remaining production funds.

The 2016-2017 KPBS Explore Local Content Initiative launched a Pitch Competition on October 21, 2016 that concluded one month later with three finalists.


“Kramer’s Kramer’s About San Diego: A collection of stories about the people of San Diego County and the places they have to share.

“San San Diego Historical Places: An Emmy-nominated and award-winning documentary series that explores the history of San Diego and all its historical places.

“Crossing Crossing South: Cross south in this travel show to Tijuana and other towns and cities of Baja California with bilingual travel companion and host, Jorge Meraz.

“A A Growing Passion: Explore "green" San Diego from water-wise gardens to green roofs; learn about environmental sustainability around the community and at home.

“Savor Savor San Diego: Cook your way around San Diego with Su-Mei Yu and hear fascinating culinary stories from our vibrant food community.

“KPBS KPBS | EXPLORE San Diego: A selection of engaging, local documentaries from storytellers around San Diego.

“Film Film Indiego: An adventurism-tourism style show that explores San Diego's budding film community.

Animal RnR: A documentary series about imperiled wild animals in San Diego County and the people who give them a second chance.

“SnapShot” SnapShot: Explore the people and places that make San Diego unique. Each episode features renowned local photographer Tim Mantoani on assignment.

“Kings Kings of the Craft: Explore the booming craft beer industry in San Diego and the community behind it. With more than one hundred establishments in the county dedicating themselves to this art form San Diego is becoming a mecca for this industry.

“Reflect”= Re’flect: A fresh and inspiring look at aging successfully. This series that provides insight into the active and engaged world of today's seniors who are living out loud and defying stereotypes associated with aging.

“Speak Permission to Speak Freely: A comedic digital series that seeks to bridge the veteran/civilian divide. Written and performed by actual veterans, this series is designed to challenge veteran stereotypes perpetuated by mass media.


“Incoming” Incoming: Podcast stories of the true men and women of America's military, their lives outside of combat and the struggle to transition back into the public.