KCPBS Announces Premiere of New American Veteran Series


Posted by Bob Evans

Four-Part Series Traces Experiences of American Soldiers Throughout History

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Kansas City, MO, Kansas City PBS has announced it will air American Veteran, a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience throughout American history. The first episode will air on October 26 with new installments airing each Tuesday at 8 p.m. through November 16.

American Veteran is the type of landmark national programming that we look forward to each year,” Kliff Kuehl, President & CEO of Kansas City PBS, said. “It’s educational and emotional, escorting audiences into the lives of those who have served and brings context to a subset of our culture that many haven’t experienced. With this expanded collection of programming and reporting, audiences can read, watch or listen to the stories of local and national veterans.”

In conjunction with the anticipated premiere of American Veteran, Kansas City PBS has released a curated collection of local and national programming that tells stories from across the veteran experience, including Jewish Soldiers serving in World War II, Kansas City veterans returning home from the Middle East, Native American veterans and their connection to their culture and veterans coping with a service-connected disability through the help of service dogs.

To check it out, visit kansascitypbs.org/americanveteran. In addition, KCPBS will be partnering with local organizations that assist veteran communities in Kansas City on social media.

From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, American Veteran is a profoundly moving story, illuminating the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices throughout history and examines the transformative experience of serving in the military and how it has changed the men and women who have joined the ranks. It also examines how vets have been perceived throughout the nation’s history. Sometimes honored, sometimes reviled, ignored or forgotten, veterans may re-enter civilian life to encounter a population that often has little or no knowledge of their experience. Each episode features a guest host, including TV personality and former Marine Drew Carey and veteran and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, as well as interviews with veterans and their families.

For more information and for Kansas City PBS’ curated programming collection, visit kansascitypbs.org/americanveteran.

Located in the heart of Kansas City, MO, Kansas City PBS is a non-profit multimedia organization that has been serving the community since 1961. The PBS member station airs diverse content focused on civic affairs, science, food, drink, arts and culture on four television channels, including Channel 19.1, 19.2, 19.3 (Create) and 19.4, the 24-hour PBS kids channel. Channel 19.1 and 19.4 are also available to livestream online, with programming available on-demand in the PBS Video App and Kansas City PBS Passport, a member-benefit streaming service. Kansas City PBS serves students, caregivers and the local education community through free, online resources, workshops for parents and teachers, and annual conferences and events.

It also owns and operates the local NPR music station, 90.9 The Bridge, providing nonprofit radio in a AAA format to listeners over the air and online streaming. Kansas City PBS’ nonprofit source for local journalism, Flatland (flatlandkc.org) produces multimedia reporting focused on civic affairs, arts and culture, food and drink, and education.

For more information on Kansas City PBS or its wide variety of local and national content, visit kansascitypbs.org.

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