BLUE SKY METROPOLIS
Airs Wednesdays, Oct. 23 - Nov. 13, 2019 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of NASA
—Part of the PBS Summer of Space to commemorate the semi-centennial moon landing anniversary—
BLUE SKY METROPOLIS is a 4-part, historical documentary produced in partnership with the Emmy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jones (“Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” and the Peabody Award®-winning “Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times”).
This 21st century story looks at the past, present and future of aerospace in Southern California from multiple perspectives including science, culture, politics, race, business, labor, environment and gender.
The miniseries will consist of four one-hour episodes and is narrated by Tony Goldwyn (SCANDAL, "The Last Samurai," "Ghost").
BLUE SKY METROPOLIS is the untold story of how aerospace was central to the growth of California and its emergence as an economic power.
The documentary miniseries focuses on the people behind the aerospace movement and will feature many of the current major players in the aerospace industry in California, which is the hub of modern day aerospace engineering.
The aerospace century will unfold through the lives and words of the men and women who created it: John Northrop, Glenn Martin, Donald Douglas, Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, Walt Disney and Wernher Von Braun.
Episode 1: “Wings: Aviation Takes Flight In Early Los Angeles” repeats Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV - Aviation takes flight in early Los Angeles, becoming an industry of dreamers, risk takers and entrepreneurs. The region is America's "arsenal of democracy" during World War II, as two million workers build 300,000 aircraft. Critics see an unhealthy alliance developing between the federal government and aircraft manufacturers.
Additional clips: "Women’s Work During WWII" / "Hollywood and the Making of Aviation Celebrities"
Episode 2: “The Big Chill: The Cold War Fuels Business and Anxiety” repeats Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV - The Cold War and Pentagon dollars fuels the explosive growth of modern Los Angeles and creates the military-industrial-complex. Entire suburbs are built in record time to house defense industry workers, but covenants restrict non-white races from living there. Fear of nuclear annihilation spawns a new genre for Hollywood as 'science fiction' movies become a box office goldmine.
Episode 3: “A Space Odyssey: Southern California Spearheads Mankind’s Greatest Achievement” repeats Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV - The triumphant and tragic Space Race unfolds in first-hand accounts of those who pioneered the technology and built the hardware that made possible mankind's greatest achievement. Meanwhile, the military-industrial-complex expands unchecked.
Episode 4: “Back To The Future: A New Space Age Dawns In Southern California” repeats on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV - The end of the Cold War brings massive layoffs but tech billionaires choose Southern California to launch their space companies. Though committed to the "democratization" of space, SpaceX and Virgin Orbit include the Pentagon as a major customer.
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