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Elon Musk SpaceX (undated photo)

Premieres Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV + Sunday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. on KPBS 2 / On Demand

Revel in the life story of a thrilling 21st century Iron Man come alive. See how Elon Musk went from bullied boy to young innovator to self-taught rocket scientist, ultimately becoming one of the richest men in the world.

Musk was a multimillionaire by the time he reached the age of 31. Part of the new breed of what The New York Times calls "thrillionaires" — high-tech entrepreneurs using their boundless wealth to turn science-fiction dreams into reality — Musk is always thinking about the next big thing.


Again and again, he has put everything on the line to advance his SpaceX programs and get more than just astronauts into space. Musk is determined that someday his spacecraft will allow ordinary people to reach — and live safely — on other planets.

The co-founder and CEO of the Tesla line of electric vehicles, he is also the visionary behind the Hyperloop high-speed transport system, and companies making significant leaps forward in artificial intelligence.

From his childhood as a bullied boy who was told he would never amount to anything, to the young innovator who was told he was crazy, to the self-taught rocket scientist, the story of Elon Musk is a fascinating portrait of a singular, larger-than-life trailblazer.

Young Elon Musk
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Young Elon Musk (undated photo)

Interviews featured in the program include former astronaut and former SpaceX Director of Space Operations Garrett Reisman; Tim Fernholz, author of "Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the New Space Race"; Lori Garver, former NASA deputy administrator and author of “Bureaucrats and Billionaires: The Race to Save NASA”; and Anna Crowley Redding, author of “Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World.”

Lori Garver
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Lori Garver former NASA deputy administrator and author of “Bureaucrats and Billionaires: The Race to Save NASA”

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A co-venture of Dalaklis Media and Prospero Media, IN THEIR OWN WORDS is produced by Lower Canada Productions Inc., in association with PBS, documentary Channel, Rive Gauche Television and with the participation of Rogers Cable Network Fund. Executive Producers are Chuck Dalaklis, Martin Katz, Matt Hanna and Karen Wookey. Bill Margol is executive in charge for PBS. Rive Gauche Television, an Aftershock Media Company, is the international distributor of the series.