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dptv-e-post-asianamer.jpgAsian-Americans: The Detroit Story - Michigan State’s Tollgate Farm

Saturday, May 16, 1:30-4:30pm ET

DPTV Experience will celebrate the many Asian American cultures and communities that make Southeast Michigan their home, in conjunction with a major three-day PBS series, “Asian Americans.” The festival will feature the history, the legacy and the many contributions that these diverse communities have made to the character and identity of our region. There will be engaging conversations, food, art, music dance and activities inspired by Asian American culture, all set among a beautiful backdrop of cherry blossoms at Michigan State’s Tollgate Farm in Novi.


The DPTV Experience

The DPTV Experience

The DPTV Experience: Bringing your favorite shows to life, one experience at a time

Detroit Public TV is bringing your favorite shows to a location near you, with a series of quarterly events that transform the latest PBS programs into real-life experiences.

The series blasted off in July with Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. From there it was Ken Burns’ Country Music at Pontiac's Crofoot in September, culinary craft with America’s Test Kitchen in January and a Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating Asian-American culture in May.

Each DPTV Experience offers enlightened commentary from knowledgeable panelists, unique hands-on activities and exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming PBS specials. In addition, every event features a reception to give DPTV community members a chance to meet and mingle! 


3) Culinary Indulgence with America’s Test Kitchen – Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital Demonstration Kitchen

January 30, 2020

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Detroit Public TV’s most popular cooking show brought its culinary magic to Detroit on January 30. Its celebrated hosts, Julia Collin DavisonBridget Lancaster and Elle Simone, demonstrated some of their favorite recipes, letting our guests sample the tasty results, while also exploring the very best food. Like their recipes, this event was an appetizing experience.

View photos from the event here >


2) Detroit Country Music at The Crofoot in Pontiac

September 11, 2019


We celebrated “Detroit Country City” for one night only! Featuring a live performance by Detroit’s own Dan John Miller and his band, Blanche, and many other musicians. There were also interviews and discussions about Detroit’s history and the city’s country music roots, as well as clips from the Ken Burns documentary.

Performances by:

  • Dan John Miller
  • Blanche
  • Frontier Ruckus
  • The Volebeats
  • Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic
  • Craig 'Bones' Maki
  • Candy Miller
  • Aaron Jonah Lewis
  • Libby Decamp
  • Ethan Daniel Davidson
  • Behind the Times
  • The Tri-County Squares
  • The CommonWealth Cloggers

View photos from the event here >


1) Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science

July 18, 2019 

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The series achieved liftoff with Summer of Space at the Cranbrook Institute of Science on Thursday, July 18.  Activies and guest included:

  • A talk from special guest Charles Fishman, author of the New York Times Best-Seller One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon​ (Simon and Schuster).
  • A talk and Q&A with:
    • Dr. Fred Adams, University of Michigan Professor of Theoretical Cosmology and Astrophysics
    • Dr. James Cutler, Director of University of Michigan eXploration Lab
    • Dr. Susan T. Lepri, University of Michigan, Associate Professor Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
    • Michael Narlock, Head of Astronomy and Exhibits and Web Coordinator at Cranbrook Institute of Science 
  • Highlights from American Experience’s Chasing the Moon documentary about the race to land on the moon
  • A demonstration from the student-run Michigan Mars Rover Team (MRover), whose mission is to design and build a rover for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments
  • Up-close and personal with the galaxy in Cranbrook’s museum, including the planetarium and observatory
  • A "space" reception with light snacks and the opportunity to speak with fellow DPTV adventurers

View photos from the event here >

More about the PBS programming that inspires these experiences:

Chasing the Moon 

 Begins July 8, 2019 8pm ET

“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut. 


Country Music - A film by Ken Burns 

 Begins September 15, 2019 8pm ET

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become America’s music. "Country Music" features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The eight-part 16-hour series is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.


America's Test Kitchen

New season January 2020

From pan-seared salmon to ultra-nutty pecan bars, the recipes in America’s Test Kitchen will work the first time you try them, thanks to the dozens of test cooks who develop, refine, and test recipes again and again until they arrive at the very best versions. We'll bring the ATK crew in to share recipes, tool tips and more - Winter 2020.  


The Asian Americans 

 May 2020

"The Asian Americans", a sweeping, first-ever public media initiative that will chronicle the Asian story in the United States. The series explores bold, new perspectives that recalibrate the way we look at that experience, and reveals the vital role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity. Told through individual lives and personal histories, the series explores major epochs of the American journey through the context of immigration, diversity, and global connectedness.


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